MINELRES: Fwd: CfP: International Workshop on the Concepts and Consequences of Multilingualism

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Budapest College of Communication and Business (BCCB), 2009, September
Organizers: Jolan Roka (Budapest College of Communication and Business)
and Laszlo Maracz (University of Amsterdam)

Starting point

The European Union counts 27 member-states and it plays an important 
role in the daily life of its 480 million citizens. Meanwhile the Union
acknowledges 24 ‘national’ languages as official working languages. This
number will probably continue to grow as the Union will be expanding in
the coming years. What concepts are available for language policy within
the Union? What concepts will be realistic to challenge uncontrollable
multilingualism? Are there any lessons to be learned from multilingual
empires and states in European history? The consequence of multilingual
Europe is a ‘Babylonian’ Europe which raises a number of questions that
should be addressed by scholars from several disciplines. The research
of multilingualism in Europe requires all sorts of expertise and the
application of research methods from different disciplines. Hence, the
research will only offer deeper insights into the concepts and
consequences of multilingual and Babylonian Europe if and only if legal
experts, linguists, literati, historians, cultural analysts, (automatic)
translation experts, social and political scientists will tackle the
questions raised by the state of affairs.

The workshop would like to address the following questions. This list is
not exhaustive. Any abstract related to the title of the workshop is
welcomed by the organizers:

- Will it be possible to continue the project of European integration
with 24 national languages already being recognized?
- What are the lessons to be learned from multilingual European empires
in the past, like the Habsburg Empire or ex-Yugoslavia where clear
lingua franca were functioning?
- What is the legal status of language and languages in Europe?
- What is the relation between globalisation, lingua franca and language
policy in the Union?
- What are the perspectives of regional, minority and endangered
languages in Europe?
- What are the consequences of Babylonian Europe for the communication
between European citizens; for the communication between European
citizens with the European institutions; and for the communication
within European institutions.
- What are the consequences of multilingualism concerning all sorts of
domains of society involving language, such as language education and
the judiciary.
- It is generally accepted that language is an important marker of
identity. But what is the national, regional or ethnic identity of
people being multilingual?
- What are the consequences of mobility and migration in the Union for
- Media, performing arts and literature normally function in the context
of a national language. By the absence of a common European language how
are European media, performing arts and literature be represented.

Abstracts of maximum 300 words and a title should be handed in by email
(l.k.maracz@uva.nl and jroka@bkf.hu) until the 15th of February 2009. On
the basis of this, a selection of papers to be read in Budapest will
then be made. After accepting, the authors will be instructed to have a
written version ready of their paper before the workshop. The papers
will be published in a separate English-language volume of the
scientific journal Kommunikacio, Media, Gazdasag (KMG, Communication,
Media and Economy).


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