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New speakers in a multilingual Europe: policies and practices ( University of Coimbra, Portugal, 14-16 sept. 2017)

Last Updated: 6 Aug 2017

Focusing on Policies and Practices, the New Speakers' Network Final Whole Action Conference will bring together the work that emerged from dialogue and collaboration between researchers, policy makers and stakeholders working together over the past four years on the dynamics involved in becoming a ‘new speaker’ of a language in the context of a multilingual Europe. We will showcase our research findings and policy recommendations by exploring a format of joint dialogue between researchers and stakeholders. We will focus on different themes linked to the scientific activities of our Working Groups:

  • New Speakers and Competence
  • New Speakers and Subjectivities
  • New Speakers and Language Policies
  • New Speakers, Legitimacy and Governmentality

New speakers are multilingual citizens who, by engaging with languages other than their ‘native’ or ‘national’ language(s), need to cross existing social boundaries, re-evaluate their own levels of linguistic competence and creatively (re)structure their social practices to adapt to new, complex and overlapping linguistic spaces. In our network we have sought to understand in what ways tensions can emerge if new speakers find obstacles to fully participate in Europe’s increasingly multilingual political and economic spheres. These inequalities could pose challenges to European integration, social cohesion and economic collaboration, as well as to the full participation of territorial and immigrant minorities.
Along with these sessions, the event will include plenary conferences, local stakeholder panels on new speakers and linguistic diversity in Portuguese speaking contexts and a number of cultural events on issues around territorial and immigrant sociolinguistic minorities aimed for the general public.

Detailed programme – download here (pdf)