2020 ECSPM SYMPOSIUM
LINGUISTIC & CULTURAL (SUPER)DIVERSITY AT WORK: From theory and policy to action and (digital) practices
7-9 December 2020
Hosted and co-organised by the Babylon Center for the Study of Superdiversity, Tilburg University, Netherlands
The theme of the 2020 Symposium was inspired by the work carried out at Babylon regarding the online-offline nexus. Actually, this was the topic of the symposium’s last panel discussion, based on the presentation delivered by the late Jan Blommaert, to whose memory the ECSPM has decided to dedicate this symposium – the last event that the eminent scholar spoke at.
Recognising the role of technology, digital resources and practices for multilingualism, symposium participants presented projects which have led to digital tools for language learning and use, while it featured a fascinating panel of technology experts who presented the new European flagship project in which the ECSPM is a partner, i.e., the project entitled European Language Equality, having to do with multilingual technologies.
Other significant projects being carried out in different parts of Europe were presented by distinguished speakers, motivated by ECSPM’s concerns with linguistic justice, support to minority and regional languages, as well as speakers’ linguistic rights.
Multilingual policy in education was also one of the symposium focal points – hence the keynote presentation and the lively panel discussion on the issue.