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Socio economic participation of minorities in relation to their right to (respect for) identity
The first Minority Research Network (MRN) conference
Venue: Erasmus University Rotterdam (M-Building, M2-10)
The Netherlands
Date: 27, 28 and 29 October 2010



43rd BAAL Annual Conference
Applied Linguistics: Global and Local

British Association for Applied Linguistics
"Crimes against humanity in education, and applied linguistics - corporate globalisation or geopolitical knowledge glocalisation?"
(Plenary paper)
Venue: University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Date: 9 - 11 September 2010



"The Real California Gold"
Indigenous & Immigrant Heritage Languages of California.

"The human right to a mother tongue in revitalising Indigenous languages"
(Plenary paper)
Venue: University of California, Davis
Date: May 7-8, 2010
Video



New trends in Uralistics: typology, syntax, sociolinguistics
An international conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Department of Finno-Ugristics of the University of Szeged, Hungary.

The objective of the conference is to bring together linguists who are engaged in research on the typological, syntactic or sociolinguistic study of the Uralic languages, to exchange ideas across approaches, theories, methodologies. The conference is intended to bridge the gap between theoretical, typological, sociolinguistic approaches in general and Uralic studies, and help to initiate new research projects or collaborations.
Venue: Department of Finno-Ugristics in Szeged, Hungary
Date: from 3 to 5 September, 2009



The ecolinguistic relationship between biodiversity and linguistic diversity - is linguistic homogenisation ruining the planet?
"The ecolinguistic relationship between linguistic diversity and biodiversity is a complex fairly recent area or research. There are serious threats to both types of diversity, and linguistic diversity is disappearing relatively much faster than biodiversity. The maintenance of diversity is counteracted by the increasing dominance of English and other killer languages. Schools participate, through assimilationist genocidal education, in processes of linguistic capital dispossession, and reproduction of poverty Much of the knowledge about how to maintain the world's biodiversity is encoded in the small Indigenous and local languages. With the disappearance of the languages, this knowledge will also disappear. The linguistic homogenisation may thus be destroying the prerequisites for human life on earth. Education and mass media are the most important direct causal factors in the disappearance of languages; structural political factors are behind them. [...]"
Venue: The Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences,
Budapest VI. Benczúr u. 33., Hungary
Date: 1 September 2009



Minority Language in Today's Global Society:
Perspectives in Mother Tongue Education

In 2008, Trace Foundation successfully launched a new lecture series program in New York City, with the first series entitled, Minority Language in Today's Global Society. The lecture series program creates a forum for exchange and discussion between Tibetan specialists and other regional, disciplinary, and professional experts on a variety of issues, with the aim of promoting greater insights, cooperation, and new activities in the work of all those involved. This second lecture in this series will focus on the topic of mother tongue education and will take place on February 21-22, 2009, International Mother Language Day.
Venue: Both sessions will take place at Trace Foundation & Latse Contemporary Tibetan Cultural Library, 132 Perry Street, 2B, New York, NY 10014
Date: Day 1: Saturday, February 21, 2009, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Day 2: Sunday, February 22, 2009 9:00a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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Minorities and Access to Education.
Invited notes for the (UN) Forum on Minority Issues, September 2008



Linguistic Human Rights in Education
Lecture at The City University of New York, organized by the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS) and the Participatory Action Research Collective at the CUNY Graduate Center
Venue: ROOM Concourse level 198, Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34 and 35 St.)
Date: Thursday, February 19, 2009, 6:30 PM

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Ideas from the Trenches - Undoing Linguicide.
CBC Radio, Friday April 08, 2016.

Lorena Fontaine is completing her PhD at the University of Manitoba and is battling to revive aboriginal languages. She argues that Canadian indigenous communities have a legal right to the survival of language.

Guests in this episode:
- Doris Young,
residential school survivor from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation; Lorena's mother.
- Esther Sanderson,
residential school survivor from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation; Lorena's aunt.
- Phil Fontaine,
former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. His first language is Ojibwe.
- Tove Skutnabb-Kangas,
world renowned linguist and author of 28 books on language rights, including Indigenous Children's Education as Linguistic Genocide and Crime against Humanity? A Global View. You can also watch the documentary on the revival of Aanaar (Inari) Saami language.
- Fernand de Varennes,
Dean of Law at the Université de Moncton and an expert in minority language rights.



- Below is the producer's (Nicola Luksic) comment on feedback, sent to me 25 April:

"We received such tremendous feedback on this program-- people from around the world writing us to let us know how inspiring and useful the messages from the program are. Lorena let me know that the radio documentary is inspiration for a conference that will be happening at the University of New Brunswick. Our show's facebook page about this issue was shared more than any other program in the history of our show's existence!"

Thinking of all the immigrant minorities and asylum-seekers today, it is easy to predict that in 50 years' time this kind of situation where people with xx ancestry (in Lorena's case Cree and Ojibway) will really suffer because they cannot transmit their grandparents' language/s to their children, be it Spanish or Quechua or Arabic or Dari. It is not only the monolingual mind and negative attitudes, but the forced assimilation in schools, of the kind that Lorena's mother and aunt experienced. It could be prevented - but there are NO signs whatsoever that Europe or Europeanised countries (including Canada, USA, Australia) would be even considering it in relation to recent immigrant minorities and asylum-seekers and their children. As researchers, it is our duty to try to influence politicians who do not know or do not want to know all this. Lorena is doing a wonderful job here, as are many others. More programmes like the one Nicola has produced reach many more people than our books...

For more information visit the CBC-Radio page here.

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ROJ TV (Kurdish satellite TV), Ruwange, 29 08 2005
Hesen Qazi
Interview (2) with Dr. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas
about Linguistic genocide in education, linguistic diversity,
the case of Kurdish language.
Voiceover in Sorani Kurdish کوردی (Kurdî)

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ROJ TV (Kurdish satellite TV), Ruwange, 15 08 2005
Hesen Qazi
Interview with Dr. Robert Phillipson:
Languages in European Union, Turkey's quest for EU membership
and the state of Kurdish language.
Voiceover in Sorani Kurdish کوردی (Kurdî)

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ROJ TV (Kurdish satellite TV), Ruwange, 01 08 2005
Hesen Qazi
Interview (1) with Dr. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas
about bilingualism and its positive effects on learning process.
Voiceover in Sorani Kurdish کوردی (Kurdî)


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Is 'global' English a neoimperialist project?
Robert Phillipson and Tove Skutnabb-Kangas


Lecture jointly organised by the Centre for Languages and Literature
and Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET) at Lund University.
Wednesday 15 February 2017.

Is 'global' English compatible with local language ecologies and principles of language rights, or a neoimperialist project?
Abstract:
The forces behind 'global' English and its increased use at all levels of education in many countries need critical scrutiny. English is fraudulently marketed by the British and American governments, with World Bank complicity, as though it is a universal 'basic skill'. It conflates English with development, and in reality aims at consolidating Anglo-American power. There are clear examples of this in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. This contemporary surge represents a variant of worldwide efforts to eliminate the languages of Indigenous peoples and linguistic minorities. Such policies can be seen as a crime against humanity and constituting linguistic genocide. Creating a balance between dominant languages, nationally and internationally, and maintaining the vitality of local, minority and Indigenous language ecologies and principles of linguistic human rights is a major challenge, in South Asian countries as elsewhere.

Video:
Lectures by Robert Phillipson (0:00-33:30) and Tove Skutnabb-Kangas (34:00-1:14:47).

Tove Skutnabb-Kangas' presentation in PDF is here.



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Who's Afraid of Multilingual Education?
Book Launch at University of Toronto.
Panelists:
- Amir Kalan (OISE/University of Toronto)
- Jim Cummins (OISE/University of Toronto)
- Ajit Mohanty (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
- Stephen Bahry (OISE/University of Toronto)
- Diane Dekker (OISE/University of Toronto)
- Professor Tove Skutnabb-Kangas (University of Lund, Sweden)
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, December 13, 2016.


More about the book: on this page

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"The Real California Gold"
Indigenous & Immigrant Heritage Languages of California.
| Newsletter

"The human right to a mother tongue in revitalising Indigenous languages"
Plenary paper (pdf).


(video: Professor Constance Beutel)

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The Role of Mother Tongues:
Educational Goals and Models, Linguistic Diversity and Language Rights.

Trace Foundation & Latse Contemporary Tibetan Cultural Library, 132 Perry Street, 2B, New York, NY 10014, USA, February 21-22, 2009

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Tove Skutnabb-Kangas speaking at UC Berkeley, USA, 2006
(video: Professor Constance Beutel), invited by the departments of Linguistics (Leanne Hinton), and German (Claire Kramsch), Tove Skutnabb-Kangas confronts some of the sociolinguistics and political science theories that question linguistic human rights, in a guest lecture, introduced by professor Leanne Hinton.
Venue: University of California - Berkeley
Date: 2006

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