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Defender of minority languages Willy Kuijpers passed away

The Flemish politician and former MEP Willy Kuijpers passed away on 17 November in Leuven (BE) at the age of 83. Thanks to his report on languages ​​and cultures of regional and ethnic minorities in the European Community, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on 30 October 1987 urging the European Commission to do more work on the study and promotion of, and contact between the minority languages in the EU. It led to the first conferences on minority languages, such as the conference on minority languages in education in Riis (Fryslân, NL) in 1988. The resolution also paved the way for the establishment of the Mercator Network, with three specialties: 1) Mercator Media in Aberysthwyth (Wales), 2) Mercator Legislation in Barcelona (Cataluña), and 3) Mercator Education in Leeuwarden, now the Mercator European Research Center on Multilingualism and Language Learning. 'Self-determination is a right for every people', was Kuijpers' strong belief.

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CoE reports on Denmark, Finland and Hungary

The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages has published three new reports (Denmark, Finland and Hungary) on the implementation of the Recommendations for Immediate Action contained in preceding Evaluation Reports.

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FUEN resolution on minorities in times of crisis

The Delegates of the Member Organisations of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) adopted a resolution on ensuring the protection and safeguarding of autochthonous national minorities and language communities and their cultural heritage in times of crisis.

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'Catalan needs to change perception'

"A problem with the Catalan language is that a very large percentage of the population is convinced that they have no obligation to speak Catalan", said F. Xavier Vila, director of Mercator-partner CUSC-UB (University of Barcelona). "If Catalan no longer wants to be a subordinate language, it must change this perception." He said this in a CCCF webinar on 'The language on TV3'.

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Emergency fund for Irish language groups

Irish language organisations are to receive £1.2m in emergency funding from the Department of Communities. Many organisations have had to close or cancel events due to the coronavirus pandemic, leading to financial losses. £430k of this fund will provide grants to support organisations working with the deaf community and families with deaf children.

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Call for international student participation

University of Siegen (DE) started the project Virtual Multilingual Learning Encounters in the Language Classroom (ViMuLEnc). Students who dispose of different (pluri)linguistic and (pluri)cultural experiences will be brought together in a simulation game to discuss topics that are of global importance. Join!

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The ethnolinguistic vitality of West Frisian

How do Frisian speakers in Fryslân perceive the measures that are in place to protect and promote their language? Find out in this new open access article by Mercator researchers Helga Kuipers-Zandberg and Ruth Kircher, which investigates the objective versus the subjective ethnolinguistic vitality of Frisian.

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Signing hip hop

Sign language interpreters take on hip hop in Paris, France

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50 words in 66 Australian indigenous languages

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Multilingualism, language contact and variation

Research group 'German in multilingual contexts' at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin opens their online colloquium 'Multilingualism, language contact and variation' to a wider audience. Eight talks via Zoom, every Thursday 4:15-5:45 pm CET, starting 3 Dec.

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Additions Wiki on Minority Language Learning

The team of the Wiki on Minority Language Learning collaborated with the University of Groningen for the third time, and students of the master Multilingualism wrote and presented a factsheet for the Wiki, covering various languages in Europe, such as Drents (NL), Faroese (DK) and Spanish and Catalan Sign Language (ES).

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New Call for Papers NEWCON 2021

NEWCON, the conference on New Contexts for the Use of Minoritized Languages/ Varieties, is organised by the University of Zadar, SOAS, Mercator and CIDLes. It was rescheduled to 26-28 May 2021, and the new submission deadline for the Call for Papers is 15 January 2021.

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Cultural politics of naming and being named

Names are highly personal and wholly political. 'To Be Named' is a new part of the EU funded CoLing project, in which Mercator is partner. CoLing recently opened a call for essays, analysis and art on the culture, politics, and emotions of how we are named (deadline: 15 January 2021).

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Local Linguistic Landscapes

The Erasmus+ project LoCALL is a collaboration between the universities of Hamburg, Groningen, Barcelona, Aveiro and Strasbourg. The project works on tackling the formative needs of teachers in primary and secondary education to deal with the growing linguistic superdiversity in language education. and proposes new methods and collaborative learning tools to overcome those needs. It does that by using local Linguistic Landscapes (LL) as a tool for language education. In the first year, the Groningen team has focused on pupils in lower secondary education. Workshops were given to let pupils engage with general information on multilingualism at a global, European and regional scale. This year, the focus will be on pupils in their fourth year of secondary education that have chosen Frisian for their final exam. The pupils will become language detectives in their own environment, by looking at the languages around them.


ONLINE: 1 December 2020, Newcastle (United Kingdom)
Multilingual Pedagogies webinar
Organised by Newcastle University and the Erasmus+ project Global Citizenship and Multilingual Competences.

ONLINE: 3 - 4 December 2020, Hamburg (Germany)
Online symposium: Language Education and Multilingualism
Organised by the Faculty of Education of the University of Hamburg.

ONLINE:4 December 2020, Graz (Austria)
Global citizenship webinar
Organised by the University of Graz and the Erasmus+ project Global Citizenship and Multilingual Competences.

ONLINE: 3 - 4 December 2020, Milan (Italy)
Imagining the Future of Multilingualism: Education and Society at a Turning Point
Organised by the Università Cattolica.

ONLINE: 7 - 9 December 2020, Tilburg (Netherlands)
ECSPM Symposium: Linguistic & Cultural (Super)Diversity at Work: From theory and policy to action and (digital) practice
Organised by ECSPM and the School of Humanities and Digital Sciences of the Tilburg University.

ONLINE: 11 - 13 December 2020, Greifswald (Germany)
Minority Languages in the Digital Age. Usage, Maintenance and Teaching
Organised by the Alfried Krupp Institute for Advanced Study.

POSTPONED: 18 December 2020, Istanbul (Turkey)
ENROPE Multiplier Event: Towards a shared culture of professional identity development (seminar & workshop)
Organised by the ENROPE consortium, hosted by the İstanbul Üniversitesi-Cerrahpaşa.

2021, NEW DATES T.B.A., Zurich (Switzerland)
Symposium on Research Methods in Language Attitudes
Organised by the University of Zurich

2021, NEW DATES T.B.A., Valetta (Malta)
International Conference on Multilingualism and Multilingual Education 2020 (ICMME4)
Organised by the University of Malta.

ONLINE: 7 January 2021, Gent (Belgium)
VirtuLApp multiplier event: Multilingual Classrooms
Organised by UC Leuven-Limburg and the Erasmus+ project VirtuLApp.

24 - 26 March 2021, Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain)
18th International Conference on Minority Languages (ICML XVIII)
Organised by the University of the Basque Country.

5-7 May 2021, Murcia (Spain)
13th International GLAT Congress: Le monde connecté et les approches interculturelles: vers un nouveau paradigme des frontières ?
Organised by the University of Murcia

10 - 12 May 2021, Paris (France)
Minority languages spoken or signed and inclusive spaces
Organised by INSHEA.

26 - 28 May 2021, Zadar (Croatia)
New Contexts for the Use of Minoritized Languages/Varieties (NEWCON 2020)
* New Call for Papers: 1 November 2020 - 15 January 2021.
Organised by by the Linguistics Department of the University of Zadar,the SOAS World Languages Institute, Mercator European Research Centre and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation (CIDLes).

June 2021, Groningen (Netherlands)
TABU - International linguistics conference
Organised by Center for Language and Cognition, University of Groningen.

ONLINE: 9 - 11 June 2021, Brighton (United Kingdom)
Approaches to Migration, Language & Identity 2021
Deadline call for papers: 15 February 2021.
Organised by University of Sussex.

30 June 2021 - 3 July 2021, Barcelona (Spain)
30th Conference of the European Second Language Association (EuroSLA)
Organised by University of Barcelona/ EuroSLA.

5 - 8 July 2021, Athens (Greece)
14th Annual International Conference on Languages & Linguistics
* Deadline Call for Papers: 7 December 2020.
Hosted by the Athens Institute for Education and Research.

15 - 20 August 2021, Groningen (the Netherlands)
AILA 2020: World Congress of Applied Linguistics
Organised by the University of Groningen, Multilingual Matters and others.

6 - 8 September 2021, Graz (Austria)
Language Teacher Psychology Conference 2021 (LTP)
Organised by the University of Graz.

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