Linguistic diversity, new cultural forms and emerging rights


Barcelona, 25 November 2016, 16h-17:30h.

At Escola d’Administració Pública de Catalunya, Carrer Girona, 20.

As a part of Barcelona City Council’s Framework of Citizens’ Rights, Linguapax will follow the symposium, The Status of Languages, Does Official Recognition Matter?, with a roundtable discussion: Linguistic diversity, new cultural forms and emerging rights.

The session will reflect on emerging human rights in the contemporary environment of intense diversity: Cultural diversity and, in particular, linguistic diversity, both offline and online.

The session aims to present the tools used – policies and rights, cultural and linguistic – against a backdrop of diverse cultural contexts. The session will bring together speakers from different perspectives:

Diversity approached from two geolinguistic contexts:

  • South Africa: Matthias Brenzinger. Director of CALDi – Centre for African Language Diversity (University of Cape Town).
  • India: Ganesh Devy. Founder director of the Bhasha Research and Publication Center, Vadodara and Adivasi Academy at Tejgadh, Gujarat. Author of the People’s Linguistic Survey of India (2010).

Language Policies and Language Rights. With the participation of Miquel Strubell, member of the Scientific Committee for the Protocol to Ensure Language Rights (Kontseilua) and member of the Board of Linguapax.

Cultural Policies and Cultural Rights. With the participation of Eduard Miralles, president of Interarts.

The table will be moderated by Mònica Pereña, president of Linguapax.


Admission is free. Please confirm your attendance by emailing

Activity organised by Linguapax with the support of the Barcelona City Council, the Catalan Government and the Public Administration School of Catalonia)

(Illustration by Paul Hein)