STATEMENT regarding the political situation in Catalonia and the grave events of 20 September

Linguapax CONDEMNS the acts of coercion carried out against the Catalan institutions over the last few days. Linguapax represents a network of people and projects which are committed to living together in a peace grounded by global linguistic and cultural diversity. In the spirit of our organisation, we defend the freedom of speech and the right of peoples to decide their destiny. We strongly appeal for dialogue and mutual understanding…

Workshop: the languages of my life

Tuesday, September 26th at 5:oo pm – Espai Avinyó – C/Avinyó, 52, Barcelona On the occasion of the European Day of Languages, Linguapax partners with the Consortium for Linguistic Normalization and Espai Avinyó to offer this workshop to reflect on the importance of linguistic autobiographies. Participants will be gather in small groups to share experiences on the languages of their life (those they have come into contact with through different…

Linguapax in official relations with UNESCO

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, recently announced her decision to establish a formal partnership (consultative status) between UNESCO and Linguapax International in accordance with the Directives in force and in view of its “technical capacity to support UNESCO’s work on peace education and linguistic diversity, particularly at country level”. This recognition couldn’t be more timely since Linguapax is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the conference on “Foreign Language Teaching…

Fernand de Varennes appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva recently appointed Fernand de Varennes, Linguapax Award 2004 and member of the Advisory Board of Linguapax, as Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues. This three-year term, which comes into force on 1 August, will involve “encouraging the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National, Ethnic, Religious or Linguistic Minorities in all Member States of the United Nations. Among others,…

Globe-Making and Languages, Underestimated Entanglements

Other Globes: Past and Peripheral Imaginations of the Global The Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR) is holding a two-day international conference, sponsored by the Amsterdam Centre of Globalisation Studies (ACGS) and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) to explore cultural practices that – in an era of intensive globalisation – imagine the global otherwise ie. alternative imaginations of the world, the earth, the globe and the planet that…

Monograph of the Journal of Language and Law with the papers presented at the Linguapax Conference On the Status of Languages

The 67th issue of the Revista de Llengua i Dret, Journal of Language and Law, features a monograph on the legal statuses of languages in terms of comparative law. The section contains the papers presented at The Status of Languages – Does Official Recognition Matter?, an international conference organised by Linguapax in cooperation with the Public Administration School of Catalonia, held in Barcelona on 24 and 25 November 2016. In…

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 a select audience of specialists in African and postcolonial studies, writers and linguists. In the session which revolved around the relationship between cultural freedoms, decolonization and indigenous…

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

The president of Linguapax attended the opening ceremony of the building that now hosts 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 anniversary of Linguapax next November, which will culminate in the…

Linguapax roundtables at the First International Conference on the Revitalization of Indigenous and Minoritized Languages

From 19 to 21 April, the University of Barcelona and the University of Vic will host the 1st International Conference on Revitalization of Indigenous and Minoritized languages whose objective is to approach from the perspective of research, pedagogy and practice the situation of the languages and cultures of the world’s indigenous and minority populations. The congress intends that the participants establish a global dialogue and, at the same time, serve…

Building diverse communities based on shared values

On March 27 and 28, the city of Limassol, Cyprus, will host an event on “Building diverse communities based on shared values – the intercultural citiees approach” to discuss on the added value of the Intercultural integration approach to promoting human rights, democracy and other key European values in diverse societies organised by the Council of Europe. The event will involve a round table with Mayors from the Intercultural cities…