e-Linguapax (nº1 - 06/2017)

Welcome to the first issue of e-Linguapax

We hope this newsletter will interest both those working directly with linguistic diversity (be they students, scholars, professionals or activists), and those from other domains who can draw on linguistic diversity as a source of poetic and social imagination.

The genesis of Linguapax was in Kiev in 1987, 30 years ago, within the framework of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Linguapax was born of the conviction that language learning was a good way to promote peace and understanding between peoples. Years later in 2006, Linguapax as an independent Barcelona-based organisation founded an international network that survives to this day: A network of activists promoting language revitalization in their localities, in direct contact with their communities. Today, Linguapax looks at the world's languages both in their home territories and through the global migrations of their speakers.

The simultaneous linguistic diversity found in our contemporary digital environment multiplies the combinations of human relativity, generating and accelerating unpredictable spaces for cultural transformation. Consequently new threats and opportunities for languages are emerging. We are all increasingly inclined to rethink languages: What they are, how they make us, what we can do with them.

Beyond the urgent need to feed the archives of our universities by documenting languages on the verge of extinction, work for linguistic diversity is actually work for a Global Welfare State, something to which mainstream globalization has paid little, if any, attention.

Each issue of e-Linguapax will include an interview. Our first interview is with Matthias Brenzinger, founder and director of the Center for African Linguistic Diversity at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and distinguished recipient of the Linguapax Award for 2017.

We hope you will enjoy reading e-Linguapax every two months. Your feedback is most welcome.



This month, Linguapax interviews Matthias Brenzinger, winner of the International Linguapax Award 2017. Read the interview here.


News from Linguapax

Here are a few highlights of 2017 so far: (see more at: http://www.linguapax.org/archives/category/news


30 Years Ago...

30 Years Ago...

 From 26 to 30 January 1987, UNESCO held an international conference at the University of Kiev on learning languages for peace and understanding. Miquel Siguan, who was participating as Director of the Institute of Educational Sciences at the University of Barcelona, was called upon to chair this expert consultation and to draw up final conclusions and recommendations which he …




Seminar "Rapping... Relocating the creative power of languages"

Seminar "Rapping... Relocating the creative power of languages"

The Linguapax delegate for Europe based in Newcastle (UK), Josep Cru, as a partner of the European project CRIC on "Cultural Narratives of Crisis and Renewal" at a conference held in Playa Ancha University in Chile. Here is a reproduction of the article posted by UPLA on their website: New in Mapudungun Music as a vehicle for revitalising ancestral languages …


• Arts, specially music, as a revitalisation tool is one the the main lines of action of our Delegate for Latina America, José Antonio Flores Farfán.

Teaching Materials on Linguistic Rights in Amerindian Languages

Teaching Materials on Linguistic Rights in Amerindian Languages

The signing of the Donostia Protocol for the guarantee of linguistic rights took place in December 2016. It was the last step, so far, in the concretion of an instrument that would allow the specific implementation of the principles and values that had already been prefigured in the Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights (Barcelona, 1996) followed by the Girona Manifesto …


Linguapax Asia publishes Minority Language Revitalization

Linguapax Asia publishes a bilingual volume entitled Minority Language Revitalization (Contemporary Approaches), gathering the proceedings of its symposium on Endangered Languages Networking: Values and Benefits for the Future (September, 2014). Articles include case studies on glocalisation and revitalisation, higher education and tolerance of diversity, Japanese education policy from the viewpoint of an endangered language in Miyako Island, revitalisation of …


• On the occasion of the First International Congress on Indigenous and Minoritized Languages, Linguapax presented  two roundtable discussions on generating contexts for linguistic diversity and on  plural ways to approach plurality.

Linguapax Review 2016

Linguapax Review 2016

This fourth issue of the Linguapax Review  addresses the potential and limits of digital media for linguistic revitalisation. Digital communication deserves closer inspection, not only for its central role in contemporary culture, but also …



Languages and creation

• On February 20th, Alícia Fuentes-Calle (director of Linguapax) gave a lecture on Languages and the creation of worlds at Ateneu Barcelonès.

Dialoguing with Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Conversing with Ngugi wa Thiong'o

On the occasion of the visit in Barcelona of Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o (sponsored by the Catalan PEN, the CCCB,  RaigVerd and DeBolsillo publishersr and Casa Africa), a seminar was held on May 11, at the Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Culture, for an audience of specialists in African and postcolonial studies, writers and linguists. …



Cities and languages

• Since 2015, Linguapax develops a project on the treatment of languages of immigration in municipal communications with the support of the Barcelona City Council and the Provincial Council.

• Participation in the conference of the Intercultural Cities Network “Building diverse communities based on shared values”, organised by the Council of Europe in Limassol, Cyprus, 27-28 March 2017.


International Linguapax Award

Matthias Brenzinger, winner of the International Linguapax Award 2017

Matthias Brenzinger, winner of the International Linguapax Award 2017

On the occasion of the International Mother Language Day 2017, oriented “Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education”, Linguapax proclaims the winner of the Linguapax International Award. Linguist, activist, expert in African languages, pioneer in the study of endangered languages and linguistic revitalisation who stands out both for his theoretical contributions and his commitment to the field. He …




Opening of the new Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding

Opening of the new Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding

The president of Linguapax attended the opening ceremony of the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir's International Centre for multilingualism and intercultural understanding in Reykjavik, Iceland. During the ceremony, entitled "Languages ​​open up worlds", Mònica Pereña announced  that Linguapax will pay homage to this tireless advocate of linguistic and cultural diversity in the framework of the commemorations of the thirtieth …



Meetings, resources, opportunities to get involved

Of course, we can only cover a very small part of the information circulating daily around us. We just want to call attention on a small selection of these announcements, resources and opportunities we picked up from places more or less obvious sites, in order to enforce and activate linguistic diversity in as many areas of culture as possible.



June 2017

• Japanese Society for Language Sciences 19th Annual International Conference – Kyoto, Japan – 30Jun/2Jul/2017 – http://jsls.jpn.org/con/2017/en/

• 20th Meeting of the International Circle of Korean Linguistics in Helsinki –  27-29/Jun/2017 – http://blogs.helsinki.fi/ickl-20/

• RUMOUR-2017: 3rd Workshop on Social Media and the Web of Linked Data – Toronto, Canada – 22/Jun/2017 – https://goo.gl/3pn55k

• Summer school: ‘Researching translanguaging: key concepts, methods & issues’,University of Birmingham, UK –  19-23/Jun/2017 – http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/generic/tlang/events/index.aspx

• 7th Conference on Linguistic and Intercultural Education – Alba Iulia, Romania – 16-18/Jun/2017 – https://goo.gl/LtRq5U

July 2017

• Proyecto 16 Cuestiones Lingüísticas en Relación con la Diáspora, Bogota, Colombia – 24-28/Jul/2017 – goo.gl/8lMu2l

• North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics – Lexington, Kentucky, USA – 21-23/Jul/2017 - https://lsa2017.uky.edu/conference-north-american-research-network-historical-sociolinguistics

• 5th World Conference on Pluricentric Languages and Their Non-Dominant Varieties – Mainz, Germany – 13-15/Jul/2017 – www.ndv-conf.org

• Language Endangerment: Language Contact and Language Change, Cambridge, UK – 4/Jul/2017 – http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/news/seventh-cambridge-conference-language-endangerment

• Language Policy and Planning in Multilingual Organisations: Exploring Language Regimes – Monday July 3 2017Registration: https://www2.bbk.ac.uk/bih/lppmo/

August 2017

• International Conference on Minority Languages, University of Jyväskylä, Finland – 28-20/Ago/2017- www.jyu.fi/icml2017

• LPP2017: Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy & Planning Conference – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – 24-26/Ago/2017 –  https://goo.gl/KaF8Bn

• New Historical Perspectives on Non-Dominant Speakers as Agents of Contact-Induced Language Change, San Antonio, TX, USA – 31 Jul-4 Ago/2017

September 2017

• Languaging Diversity – Language and Social Class – Cagliari, Italy – 28-30/Sept/2017 – https://goo.gl/QlXPGJ

• 4th International Symposium on Place Names, University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia – 18-20/Sept/2017 – https://goo.gl/LZ8WVs

• 5th Barcelona Summer School on Bi- and Multilingualism -Barcelona, Spain – 12-15/Sept/2017 – https://goo.gl/8cbQK1

October 2017

• FEL XXI - Alcanena, Portugal - 19-21/Oct/2017 - Communities in Control: Learning tools and strategies for multilingual endangered language communities - www.cidles.eu/events/mercator-soas-cidles-fel-2017

More calls and announcements at:


In Barcelona, there are quite a few initiatives that, alike Linguapax but from different perspectives, work for linguistic diversity. They continually promote and organise most interesting events :  CUSC https://cuscub.wordpress.com/ , ESPAI AVINYÓ (http://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/bcnacciointercultural/ca/espai-avinyo-que-fem), GELA www.gela.cat , GLiDi, etc.


Opportunities to get involved

Other interesting calls and announcements

Here is a selection of calls outside the sphere of (socio) linguistics, yet related to the field of culture, where we would like the voice of more languages to be heard.

• Grants of the National Geographic to finance research, conservation, education, technology and storytelling. Projects must be novel, exploratory and transformative. https://www.nationalgeographic.org/grants/how-to-apply/

• https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.

• Tandem Europe – Social Innovation is a cross-border learning and doing programme. During their Tandem year, cultural-social initiators from all over Europe kick-start long-term collaboration with a partner from abroad: http://www.tandemforculture.org/stories/tandem-europe-2-apply-now/

• Històries animades. https://www.disneyanimation.com/careers/open-positions

• STEP stands for ‘Supporting Travel for Engaged Partnerships’. STEP travel grants support creative and critical cultural workers travelling across Europe and its neighbours, to help foster a society with greater solidarity, equality and a stronger sense of social justice. http://ecflabs.org/grants/stepbeyond

• FABER Residency for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities - http://faberresidency.cat. Open calls: Religions https://goo.gl/5TrKi6 Feminisms https://goo.gl/RftM5A


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