ICLHE 2018 Symposium


Title: Plurality and singularity: Multilingual policies and specific situated academic actions

Date: 18-19 October 2018

Venue: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

Jaume 1 Building (Ciutadella Campus), Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27, 08005 Barcelona.


The symposium explores the linguistic and cultural atmosphere of higher education institutions where the social environment may demand the use of two or more languages and where the stakeholders, in particular students and staff, may have many different first languages and may hold competences in three, four, five or even more languages. This symposium wants to explore how multilingual policies can support universities in recognizing and developing their own specificities in a highly globalized world. The symposium aims to reflect on the tension between a hegemonic university system -which tends to blur language diversity to offer teaching and research just in English- and language policies that stimulate multiple language practice. How can universities make good use of the diversity of languages and cultures in their community to strengthen their uniqueness?

Fee: There is no charge for the Symposium. Coffee/tea breaks and lunch on 19 Oct are courtesy of UPF.


Thursday 18 October: UPF seminar, UPF/ICLHE Keynote followed by ICLHE Annual General Meeting  2018.

Josep Anton Fernández (Institut Ramon Llull, Barcelona): (plenary on language and universities, title to be announced)

The ICLHE Annual General Meeting is followed by an Art Track (guided walk, by students, around the artistic heritage of this part of Barcelona), ending at the venue for dinner (the dinner will be at own costs).

Friday 19 October: ICLHE Symposium. Speakers include:

Joyce Kling & Sanne Larsen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark). Towards a multilingual strategy at the University of Copenhagen: Qualifying and expanding parallel language policy.

Robert Wilkinson & René Gabriëls (Maastricht University, Netherlands). Plurilingual students in EMI: Variable language use, educational democracy and linguistic justice.

Helen Basturkmen (University of Auckland, New Zealand). Strategies for dealing with language issues during classroom interaction in disciplinary teaching: The perspectives of two Accounting lecturers.

PhD event: 2 speakers, chaired by Ute Smit (University of Vienna, Austria)

Round Table: speakers include Patrick Studer (ZHAW, Switzerland), Emma Dafouz (Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain), Kevin Haines (University of Groningen, Netherlands), Jenny Valcke (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden).

Registration will be via the UPF website, multilingualism page, from mid-June. Check this page after mid-June: https://www.upf.edu/web/clik/multilingualism

Hotel accommodation in the vicinity of the university will be suggested on the same site.



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