ECSPM 2020 SYMPOSIUM. Linguistic and Cultural (super) diversity at work: From theory and policy to action and (digital) practices

Wednesday March 11th, 2020

The annual Symposium, hosted in a different European country each year by one of ECSPM’s institutions, is an opportunity for experts working in the area of multilingualism:

– to examine related theoretical and practical issues
– to present and discuss research and projects being carried out
– to plan future collaborative work and projects, particularly among CURUM members.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

13:30 – 14:00 Registration

14:00 – 14:15 Opening by Dean of the Faculty of the School of Humanities & Digital Sciences, University of Tilburg

14:15 – 14:45 On the Babylon and the Online-Offline nexus in superdiversity, by Massimiliano Spotti

14:45 – 15:15 Action plan of the ECSPM, by Bessie Dendrinos, president

15:15 – 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 – 16:30 Guest lecture: Understanding emergent multilingual practices online: Durkheim & the Internet as repository potential, by Professor Jan Blommaert, Director of the Babylon Centre for the Study of Superdiversity, University of Tilburg

16:30 – 16:45 Q/A based on Professor Blommaert’s lecture

17:00 – 18:30 ECSPM General Assembly and CURUM Meeting

Thursday, 12 March 2020

09:00 – Registration

09:15 – 10:00 Invited speaker: Moving beyond the binary of ‘multilingualism’ and ‘the language of schooling” in education, by Piet van Avermaet, CESSMIR (Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees), Ghent University

10:00 – 10.30 Discussion with ECSPM participants

10:30 – 11.30 Digital projects (Chaired by Massimiliano Spotti) o The SPEAKABOO project, COMBI & the Virtual Language App: An innovative multididactic approach, by Cor van der Meer, Project Manager at Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning and Jelske Dijkstra, Postdoctoral Researcher at Mercator o Beyond Bilingualism: Digitally Mediated Linguistic Risk-Taking as an LX user, by Nikolay Slavkov, director of CCERBAL (Canadian Centre for Studies and Research in Bilingualism and Language Planning), at the OLBI (Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute of the University of Ottawa), CA o Using MOOCs for the promotion of multilingualism: methods, target and learning objectives, by Andrea Villarini, Professor at the University for Foreigners of Siena, and Head of the Centre of Research in the E-learning field, presenting with researchers Gerardo Fallani and Matteo La Grassa

11:30 – 12.00 Coffee break

12:00 – 12:30 Rationale and strategies of the EquiLing (Critical linguistic awareness and speaker agency) Project, coordinated by Luisa Martin Rojo, Director of MIRCo Research Group (Multilingualism, Social Identities, Intercultural Relations and Communication), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 12:30 – 12:45 Discussion with the participants

12.45 – 13.15 BEAM (Bilingues Émergents À l’école Maternelle): A whole school approach to developing a plurilingual habitus by Andrea Young, Université de Strasbourg, INSPÉ (Faculty of Education and Life-Long Learning)

13.15 – 14.30 Lunch

14:30 – 16:00 Panel discussion (Chaired by Bessie Dendrinos): Rationale for multilingual policies in education and how to advocate them – Animateur: Piet van Avermaet. Discussants: Terry Lamb, Luisa Martin-Rojo, Tanja Rinker and Theo Marinis.

Friday, 13 March 2020

09:00 – 09:30 EU institutional multilingualism o Supporting EU’s national languages with the ELM, LLE and ELIPS, by Johan van Hoorde, Senior Policy Advisor at Nederlandse Taalunie and President of EFNIL (European Federation of National Institutions for Language)

09:30 – 11:00 Multilingualism and minorities (Chaired by Guðrún Gísladóttir) o Development of a database about the educational situation of indigenous and minority languages, by Bérengère Vogel, Education Project Coordinator at FUEN (Federal Union of European Nationalities) o The European Charter Classroom Activities Project, crossing borders with your own language, by Sabrina Rasom, Vice-Chair of the NPLD (Network to Promote Language Diversity) o The social role of languages in educational practice. Focus on minority languages, by Júlia Choleva of the University of Bratislava o Minorities and Multilingualism in the Creative Sectors: Challenges and Case Studies by Elin Haf Gruffydd-Jones, member of the CoE expert group on Media for the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and director of the Mercator Network.

11.10 – 11.30 Coffee break

11:30 – 13.00 Migrant and refugee literacies (Chaired by Ellinor Hasse) o Presenting the Migrant literacies project: Massimiliano Spotti, Deputy Director of the Babylon Centre, University of Tilburg, and Jan Dijsselbloem, project team member o MEinART project: How multilingual creative practices shape migrant women’s identities, by George Androulakis, Professor at the University of Thessaly and Director of GLML (Greek Language and Multilingualism Laboratory) o Designing curricula for adult refugees and migrants: A multilingual, critical literacy perspective, by Bessie Mitsikopoulou, Assoc. Professor and member of the Coordinating Committee of the Centre of Excellence for Multilingualism and Language Policy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens o Fostering adult migrants’ social inclusion: Challenging the CERF on key competences, abilities and needs, by Federico Faloppa, Assoc. Professor in Department of Languages and Cultures, University of Reading, CeLM (Centre of Literacy and Multilingualism)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 16:00 FEATURE PANEL: Technology enabled multilingualism. ELG – The European Language Grid; Development of metadata and data sets; Type of language resources available in the ELG; ELG open calls – type of pilot projects, by Georg Rehm and Lukáš Kačena, technology and Artificial Intelligence experts.

16.00 – 16:30 Discussion: Possibilities of using ELG data and language resources for research purposes by scholars working with languages and language education across Europe

16:30 – Closing by Bessie Dendrinos and Massimiliano Spotti

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