Thursday, October 18, 2012

Go On! Language rights, conflict prevention

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia and other events of interest)
“Language Rights, Inclusion and the Prevention of Ethnic Conflicts” is the theme of the 13th International Conference of the International Academy on Language and Law, to be held December 13 to 17, 2012, in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Organizers write:
'While language rights are topical in many parts of the world, they are still widely misunderstood despite being a significant factor in many conflicts in Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, China, Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong), Europe (Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Kosovo, Macedonia, Ukraine), Africa (Cameroon, South Africa, Ethiopia, Morocco, Libya, Algeria) and the Americas (Canada, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay). In addition, worldwide language diversity itself is increasingly threatened, with more than half of the world’s 6,000 to 7,000 languages expected to disappear in the next few decades.'
Numerous speakers will explore these issues, as detailed in the program here. Cosponsors of the conference include the International Observatory on Language Rights at Canada's Université de Moncton, as well as the UNESCO Center of Catalonia and Linguapax, both based in Barcelona, Spain.
For more information, contact  Dr Fernand de Varennes at

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