Welcome to the Language and Identity Symposium 2011
Video recordings form Day 1:
Opening and Session I, part I: Language, Politics, Policy - Neasa Hegarty and Tomasz Kamusella
Session I, part II: Language, Politics, Policy - John Walsh and Patrick Sériot
Video recordings form Day 2:
Session II, part I: Belonging and Self-Representation - John E. Joseph, Emili Boix-Fuster and Bettina Bock & Rosemarie Lühr
Session II, part II: Belonging and Self-Representation - Konstanze McLeod and Anneli Sahrimaa
Video recordings form Day 3:
Session III: Multilingualism - Johanna Laakso, Alexandra Jaffe, Martin Ehala and Anna Verschik
Session IV. Discussion: Language policy and use in European universities. Moderated by Jürgen Barkhoff. Panel: Jaak Aaviksoo, Birute Klaas-Lang, John Walsh and Emili Boix-Fuster
University of Tartu, 20-22 October, 2011
Questions about language are central to the self-definition of individuals and societies. Today's European societies are torn between the appeal of globalisation in culture and commerce and the intrinsic value of what is distinct to the local or national domain. Universities, too, reflect this double mission, aiming to internationalise by teaching and conducting research in English while also advancing the national language and guaranteeing its viability across the range of disciplines. With rationalisation looming large in national and institutional budgets, it is of importance to collectively examine the vitality of smaller European languages and the linguistic construction of identity.
This Symposium will examine the connection between language and identity through a crossdisciplinary academic lens, with sessions on "Language, Policy, Politics"; "Belonging and Self-Representation"; and "Multilingualism". The Symposium will conclude with a discussion on language policy and language use in European universities, with illustrious panelists representing both academic and policy-making perspectives.
Attendance at the Symposium is open to all and free of charge, but we require pre-registration online, as seating is limited.
The venue for the symposium is the White Hall of the University of Tartu History Museum.
Contact: Virve Vihman, iro [ät] ut.ee ( )