Linguistic & Cultural (Super)Diversity at Work:

From theory and policy to action and (digital) practices

7-9 December 2020

The Symposium is hosted and co-organised by the Babylon Centre for the Study of (Super)Diversity, Tilburg University, NL


10:00 – 10:15

Symposium opening

by Boudewijn Haverkort, Dean of the School of Humanities and Digital Sciences, Tilburg University

10:15 – 10:30

On the present and the future of the ECSPM

by the president, Bessie Dendrinos

10:30 – 11:00

Presentation of the Babylon Centre’s work on the Online-Offline nexus in super-diversity

by Massimiliano Spotti

11:00 – 12:00

Moving beyond the binary of ‘multilingualism’ and ‘the language of schooling’ in education

by Piet Van Avermaet, followed by discussion coordinated by George Androulakis

12:00 – 12:45

Presentation of BEAM (Bilingues Émergents À l’école Maternelle): A whole school approach to developing a plurilingual habitus

by Andrea Young, followed by Q/A coordinated by Jeanine Treffers-Daller

Lunch break

15:00 – 16:00

Digital projects presentation / demonstration

16:00 – 17:00

Rationale for multilingual policies in education and how to advocate them.

Panel discussion based on pre-recorded position talk.

Animateur: Piet Van Avermaet. Discussants: Linda Fischer, Terry Lamb, Theo Marinis and Tanja Rinker

09.30 – 11:00

Migrant and refugee literacies presentations

11:00 – 12:00

The rationale and strategies of the EquiLing (Critical linguistic awareness and speaker agency)

project presentation by Luisa Martín Rojo, followed by discussion based on Martín Rojo’s talk, coordinated by Bessie Dendrinos

Lunch break

14:00 – 15:00

Multilingualism and minorities presentations

coordinated by Guðrún Gísladóttir

  • The European Charter Classroom Activities Project, crossing borders with your own language, by Sabrina Rasom
  • Minorities and Multilingualism in the Creative Sectors: Challenges and Case Studies by Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones

15:00 – 15:45

National languages and diversity

09:30 – 11:00

General Assembly

(for ECSPM members and members to be)

CURUM meeting

(for CURUM members and members to be)

11:00 – 12:00


Towards Digital Language Equality in Europe by John Judge, Katrin Marheinecke and Georg Rehm followed by Q/A coordinated by Bessie Dendrinos

Snack break

12:45 – 13:45

Old new media: how big issues reoccur whenever new media appear

Discussion based on Jan Blommaert’s pre-recorded position talk, with Bessie Mitsikopoulou and Nikolay Slavkov, coordinated by Max Spotti.

13:45 – 14:15

Symposium closing

Speakers and Discussion Coordinators