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Symposium on “Educational Language Policy for Integration and Peace”

We are happy to announce a one-day symposium which will take the New Speaker concept to Latvia: It will take place on April 10 in the European Union House in Riga.

In order to familiarize the readers of this blog with the situation of languages and language policies in Latvia, we would hereby like to provide a short background of languages and society in which the symposium will take place.

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Research Impact in Action Workshop Event Programme Refugees, New Speakers and Global Law 23rd and 24th March

Our workshop ‘Refugees, New Speakers, and Global Law’ in Tilburg University, March 23-24 2017, is fast approaching. Please see our final event programme attached.

After the event we will post podcasts of the presentations and the plenaries from Max Spotti 'Language and asylum: the paradox of naming places and web truths' and Marcos Ezequiel Filardi 'Accomplishments, challenges and tensions in refugees´ protection in Argentina'. Through the presentations we will discuss how the law experienced through themes related to rights, protections, and voice and legality. We will also see language and legitimacy as central to this experience as we explore the issues of language learning, refugees voices through literature and as they are documented in historical narratives. Through the inclusion of community-led NGOs, refugees and other practitioners who work on asylum issues, we will finally consider how we as researchers can create impact.

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My research in a nutshell #2

Natasha Ringblom is a member of the COST Action New Speakers network, from Stockholm University.

Here, she gives us a brief overview of her research on new speakers:

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New Speakers on the Red Carpet

Recently, the FilmG awards, otherwise known as the ‘Gaelic Oscars,’ were held in Glasgow. Although you might not see the likes of Meryl Streep or Brad Pitt there, in the world of Scottish Gaelic Film and TV, it is no less important. This year, two of the winning films in the Open Competition — Gàidheal Gu Luath and Cheating Our Language —  both centred on new speakers of Gaelic.

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My research in a nutshell #1

Maite Puigdevall Serralvo is a member of the COST Action New Speakers network, from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

Here, she gives us a brief overview of her research on new speakers:

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