Policies and Practices (Final Whole Action Conference)

Location: Coimbra, Portugal 

Dates: 14-16 September 2017

Local Organisers

  • Clara Keating (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal)
  • Olga Solovova (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal) 
  • Vera Ferreira (CIDLES, Portugal)

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New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Policies and Practices
Final Whole Action Conference


University of Coimbra

Focusing on Policies and Practices, the New Speakers' Network Final Whole Action Conference will bring together the work which emerged from dialogue and collaboration between researchers, policy makers and stakeholders working together over the past four years on the dynamics involved in becoming a “new speaker” of a language in the context of a multilingual Europe.

From this perspective, new speakers are multilingual citizens who, by engaging with languages other than their “native” or “national” language(s), need to cross existing social boundaries, re-evaluate their own levels of linguistic competence and creatively (re)structure their social practices to adapt to new, complex and overlapping linguistic spaces.

In our network we have sought to understand the potential social tensions that emerge from unequal access to participation of new speakers in Europe’s multilingual projects. These inequalities pose challenges to European integration, social cohesion and economic collaboration, as well as to the full participation of territorial and immigrant minorities.

At our Final Whole Action Conference we will showcase our research findings and policy recommendations. We will focus on four different themes linked to our scientific activities of our Working Groups:

  • New Speakers and Competence
  • New Speakers and Subjectivities
  • New Speakers and Language Policies
  • New Speakers, Legitimacy and Governmentality

Along with these working groups sessions, the event will include plenary conferences, local stakeholder panels on new speakers and linguistic diversity in Portuguese speaking contexts and a number of cultural events on issues around territorial and immigrant sociolinguistic minorities aimed for the general public.