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logo_eldia_red_copyOn the occasion of the European Day of Languages on 26 September 2012, the Åland Islands Peace Institute hosted an academic conference entitled “Changing Linguistic Landscapes – Languages Law and Multilingualism in Context”.

The conference was part of the interdisciplinary research project European Language Diversity for All (ELDIA) in which the Peace Institutes cooperates with researchers and universities all over Europe with financial support of the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme for Research.

At the conference three keynote speakers as well as 16 other researchers presented and discussed their research results. 

ÅIPI researcher Sarah Stephan has written a summary of the conference that can be found here.

Information about the speakers and the programme can be downloaded in pdf here.

The extended abstracts of the reserachers can be downloaded in pdf here.

All the presentations from the conference can be downloaded in pdf below.

The European linguistic landscape is experiencing a profound transformation. The acknowledgement of the position of minorities, migration and a general increase of mobility within Europe and beyond demand for the  development of language legislation, public services and education as well as other sectors of society. 

Presentations for downloading

Prof. Michel Doucet (University of Moncton):
The Canadian and European experiences with entrenched language rights

Isabelle Bambust (University of Ghent)
The understandable language in Belgian civil proceedings – the wrong way

Marianne Meiorg (Foundation of Estonian Human Rights Centre) 
Recent developments in language policy and legislation in Estonia problems with multilingualism

Dr Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark (The Åland Islands Peace Institute) 
The Role of Law in Language Matters in the light of constitutional concept of state language 

El?bieta Kuzborska (The Branch of the University of Bialystok in Vilnius)  
Linguistic rights of persons belonging to national minorities in Lithuania in the light of constitutional concept of state language 

Ksenia Egorova (Pskov State University) 
Foreign-Culture-Oriented English in the Texts of Travel Guides

Karl Pajusalu & Kadri Koreinik (University of Tartu)  
Folk concepts of multilingualism and minority:A focus on Setos and Võros

Petteri Laihonen (University of Jyväskylä) 
Individual Linguistic Landscape in South-West Slovakia

Sarah Stephan (The Åland Islands Peace Institute) 
Legal frameworks for minority and migrant languages in Germany –two perspectives on multilingualism 

Konstantin Zamyatin (University of Helsinki) 
Russia’s Minority Language Education & the European Language Charter: the Finno-Ugric Republics

Verena Wisthaler (European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano), Heidi Öst (The Åland Islands Peace Institute)  
The integration of immigrants in the educational system of national minorities: Exploratory case studies of South Tyrol (I) and the Åland Islands

Riho Grünthal, Ulriikka Puura, Heini Karjalainen (University of Helsinki)  
Minority language between eroding communities and public policies: Karelian in the Republic of Karelia

Dr Fernand de Varennes
Using Law to Support Language Diversity and Multilingualism

Dr. Reetta Toivanen, Erik Castren Institute for International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki, ELDIA sociology Expert
Minorities and majorities in Europe

Within ELDIA 14 Finno-Ugric language groups across eight European countries have been studied and compared. The aim is to acquire knowledge as to how minority languages can be strengthened in Europe and globally. The project runs from March 2010 until June 2012 under the guiding role of the University of Mainz and Professor Anneli Sarhimaa. Responsible for disseminating information and results is Professor Johanna Laaksoat the University of Vienna. The Åland Islands Peace Institute has role focuses on the legal and institutional dimension of the project. The first preliminary results have been published electronically within the publication series Working Papers in European Language Diversity ont eh webpage of the ELDIA project at www.eldia-project.org. 

The Conference “Changing Linguistic Landscapes – Languages Law and Multilingualism in Context” took place at Alandica with the following keynote speakers:

Dr Fernand de Varennes, 2004 Linguapax Laureate; Conseiller scientifique, Observatoire international des droits linguistiques, Université de Moncton, Canada; Editor-in-Chief, Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law; Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, Hong Kong, China; Convenor, 13th Conference of the International Academy of Linguistic Law, Chiang Mai, Thailand, December 2012.

Dr Reetta Toivanen, Associate professor,Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki; Academy Research Fellow, Erik Castrén Institute for International Law, University of Helsinki; Senior Research Fellow at the Centre of Excellence in Global Governance Research, University of Helsinki, responsible for the media analysis within the ELDIA-project.

Dr. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, lecturer in Public International Law, director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, member of the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee for National Minorities (2010 – 2014); responsible for the legal analysis within the ELDIA project.


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