Symposium: “Promoting regional or minority languages in a global world”

Wednesday April 10th, 2019

Co-organised with Revitalise network, the symposium will include presentations on the impact of mobility and migration on language use; the changing nature of family life and its impact for language transmission; and the role of governments and civil society organisations in language promotion.

The event will be hosted by the office of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region in Brussels (Rue du Commerce 49) on 10th April 2019.

For more information and registrations you can send an e-mail to Limited capacity.


9.30       Arrival, registration and coffee

10.00     Welcome and introduction

Sabrina Rasom, Vice-Chair, Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity

Raffaella Viviani, Head of the Brussels Liaison Office of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region

Morning session: Language revitalisation and the role of governments

10.10     Presentation: relevant conclusions from the Revitalise network

Huw Lewis (Aberystwyth University), Wilson McLeod (University of Edinburgh), Elin Royles (Aberystwyth University)

10.40     Round table discussion:

Sixto Molina, Head of the Secretariat of the Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Kristina Cunningham, Unit B.2 Schools and Multilingualism, European Commission

Sabrina Rasom, Vice-Chair Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity

Johan Häggman, Policy Advisor, Federal Union of European Nationalities

Davyth Hicks, Secretary-General, European Language Equality Network

12.00     Lunch

Afternoon session: Promoting language use in the family and the community

1.00       Presentation: relevant conclusions from the Revitalise network

Dr Huw Lewis (Aberystwyth University), Professor Wilson McLeod (University of Edinburgh), Dr Elin Royles (Aberystwyth University)

1.30        Case studies (short presentations, 15 minutes each)

Promoting language use in the family in Wales: Dr Jonathan Morris, Cardiff University 

Multilevel governance and immigrant integration: How are bilingual regions dealing with the linguistic integration of migrants? Dr. Vicent Climent-Ferrando, Pompeu Fabra University

Promoting language use through sport in the Basque Country: Lorea Bilbao, Bizkaia Provincial Council

2.30        Open discussion period

3.00        Coffee

3.30        Concluding address: Language revitalisation in the 21st century

Professor Colin H. Williams, Cardiff University

4.30        Close

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