3rd LINEE+ Conference:
“Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Space and Time”
“PhD Training Workshop in Multilingualism Research“
Dubrovnik, 28 April – 2 May 2014
The 3rd LINEE+ international conference “Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Space and Time” was held in the Inter-University Centre (IUC) in Dubrovnik, from 28th April to 2nd May 2014. The main goal of the conference was to continue to critically examine multilingualism after the previous two LINEE conferences (in 2010 and 2012), also held in Dubrovnik, and to gather numerous international researchers from various disciplines (such as linguistics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, economics, cultural studies, history, philosophy, etc.), as well as other stakeholders. The participants had a chance to discuss and share insights on diversity, both in their presentations and in less formal settings, as well as to propose new interdisciplinary perspectives in research and practice of linguistic and cultural diversity.
The conference was attended by more than a hundred researchers from 26 countries, from Europe, Asia, North America and Africa. Apart from experienced researchers, the conference was also attended by numerous junior researchers. The participants presented their research studies within the framework of five thematic sessions:
1) Historical multilingualism – Lessons from the past
2) Commodification of languages – Liaisons dangereuses
3) Multilingualism and material life – Talking” things
4) The dark side of multilingualism – Social visions and divisions
5) Multilingual brains and minds – Joys and fears?
6) General session
After the conference, a „PhD Training Workshop in Multilingualism Research“ was held in the same venue, from 30th April to 2nd May 2014. The workshop was the seventh from the series of LINEE workshops and the first to be held in Dubrovnik. The goal of the workshop was to allow junior researchers to gain knowledge on multilingualism and similar areas of study, in a special form of teaching which consisted of lectures by four experienced researchers, after which PhD students presented their own research in the form of poster presentations.
The 3rd LINEE+ conference was organized by LINEE+, Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb (INANTRO), Croatian Anthropological Society, Scientific Council for Anthropological Research of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and IUAES Commission on Linguistic Anthropology.
2nd LINEE Conference: Multilingualism in the public sphere
Dubrovnik, 4 – 6 May 2012
The 2nd LINEE Conference: “Multilingualism in the public sphere” was held in Dubrovnik, 4 – 6 May 2012. Following on the first LINEE conference “New Challenges for Multilingualism”, held in Dubrovnik in 2010, the aim of the conference was to continue to critically examine the concept of multilingualism in the context of complex cultural and linguistic diversity characterized by mobility, migration and minorities, and to propose further theoretical and research perspectives.
The conference brought together researchers who investigate plurilingual communication from a perspective that seeks to critically address power relations and includes different types of public spaces as concrete empirical settings, each with their specific contribution to communication across linguistic and cultural boundaries, such as: public places (shops, markets, tourist sites); field of economy and work-organizations; functional/sectoral public arenas of differentiated service-provision (such as education, health-care, administration etc.) and media.
The conference provided a platform for sharing views, research findings and expertise on a wide variety of issues related to multilingualism. More than one hundred participants from 30 countries presented their research, within five thematic sessions: A) Multilingual practices in public spaces and linguistic landscape, B) Multilingualism in institutional settings, C) Multilingualism in economy, D) Historical perspectives of multilingualism, and E) General session.The sessions and the wide range of topics covered by contributions from experts in different fields testify to the unwaning interest in multilingualism research, as well as to the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to multilingualism.
The 2nd LINEE Conference: “Multilingualism in the public sphere” was organised by the Institute for Anthropological Research and the Croatian Anthropological Society, together with partners of the LINEE Network of Excellence: University of Bern, University of Szeged, University of Bolzano, University of Zagreb, Charles University in Prague, University of Vienna, University of Southampton, and University of Applied Languages in Munich.
“New Challenges for Multilingualism in Europe”