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,  Raig Verd and De Bolsillo publishers 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…

3th Annual International Conference on Linguistic Variation in the Basque Language and Education

Conference in Leioa, Spain Website: http://www.ehu.eus/es/web/eudia/home Date: 9 June 2017 Description: Geographical linguistics (or dialectology) and Sociolinguistics has a long tradition: languages and varieties have been analyzed in the last centuries. However, recent decades have seen a rapid increase in insights into linguistic structure as well as in geographic technology, and those two have not always been completely matched to each other, so that one might feel that current linguistic…

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…

Linguapax Asia publishes Minority Language Revitalization

Linguapax Asia publishes a bilingual volume (English/Japanese) 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 the Ryukyuan languages, ainu on the net and community learning,…

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 (2011). With this new project, Linguapax initiates a dialogue between…