Interdisciplinarity and the future of multilingualism research
28—29 August 2018, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
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O
ne of the conclusions of the MIME project, with its eleven participating disciplines, is that research on multilingualism and how societies deal with it through public policy requires a deeply interdisciplinary perspective in order to do justice to the complexity of the issues at hand. This raises the question of how this interdisciplinarity can be encouraged, whether in institutions, in publication activities, in the operations of bodies that finance research and, not least, in the practices of researchers hailing from disciplines that span the full range of the social sciences and humanities (SSH).

The final MIME conference on INTERDISCIPLINARITY AND THE FUTURE OF MULTILINGUALISM RESEARCH proposes to discuss the challenges of interdisciplinary cooperation and exchange in research on multilingualism and language policy and planning, with an emphasis on epistemological and methodological issues.

The first day of the conference is dedicated to presentations of results stemming from research on multilingualism done by MIME doctoral students, whereas the second features keynote speeches, roundtables and discussions and exchange on emerging issues of relevance for the future of multilingualism research.

We invite researchers from all related SSH disciplines to join us in taking stock of those challenges, take part in the discussion, and identify strategies that can help create the conditions needed for high-quality interdisciplinary work on multilingualism and language policy to flourish in years to come.
Keynote speakers
Prof. David Block Allen
Institució Catalana de Recerca e d’Estudis Avançats (ICREA), Lleida, Catalonia
Prof. Conchúr Ó Giollagáin
University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Sabhal Mòr Ostaigh, Scotland
Tuesday 28 August
Time
Item
Speaker
9.30
Welcome address
Prof. François Grin
10.00
The Future of Multilingualism Research: Young Researchers' Perspectives: Language, Politics and Society
11.00
Coffee break
11.15
Young Researchers' Perspectives (continued): Education and Mediation
12.15
Lunch break
14.00
Young Researchers' Perspectives (continued): Language Policy Analysis
15.30
Coffee break
15.45
Young Researchers' Perspectives (continued): Legal Issues and Special Topics
16.45
End of day 1
19.30
Conference dinner — Dinner address: Prof. Antonella Sorace
Wednesday 29 August
Time
Item
Speaker
9.15
Welcome and introduction
Prof. François Grin
9.30
Guest lecture 1
Prof. David Block Allen
10.30
Coffee break
10.45
Break-out session
11.15
Roundtable 1 & general discussion
12.30
Lunch break
14.00
Guest lecture 2
Prof. Conchúr Ó Giollagáin
15.00
Coffee break
15.15
Break-out session
15.45
Roundtable 2 & general discussion
17.00
Conclusion and wrap-up
17.30
End of the meeting

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement No. 613344 (MIME Project).