Žaneta Ozoliņa, University of Latvia, MIME consortium member and leader of WP 6 is just back from a study trip to China, Vietnam and India, co-funded by MIME.
Aims of the study trip were to gather information on EU and Asia relations, to lecture on current issues of the EU, to introduce the European research project MIME, and to discuss human security topics, which compose part of the MIME’s WP6 content.
The trip was organized and co-funded by the Latvian Embassies in China and Vietnam, the FP7 project MIME and Jawarharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, India).
Žaneta Ozoliņa's conclusions from the discussions:
In China, the EU as a regional player contributing to the welfare and stability in Europe is well understood and appreciated, but since China’s foreign and security policy is based on geopolitical constructions, the EU and its policy at the global level are not taken seriously. That leads to concerns about the future of Ukraine and Russia’s growing power ambitions.
The discussion with experts on EU affairs at the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences focused mostly on current EU affairs, covering topics related to euro crisis and policies to boost economic growth, ability to combine austerity measures with growth, institutional novelties, agenda of the new European Commission, diversification of European Parliament and many others. In the end the issue of crisis in Ukraine was touched upon as well and the position was very similar to China’s: The EU is the one to be blamed for an escalation of the crisis.
Discussions at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis in India (leading think-tank in the country providing advice to the Ministry of Defence) mostly focused on the crisis in Ukraine and how the countries of the Baltic Sea Region are responding to those challenges. Geopolitical thinking was prevailing in this institute as well. The EU is perceived as an economic entity which suddenly was brought into geopolitical competition and there was no place for one more player who in terms of power is weak, ideologically divided and lacking global ambitions.
Zaneta concludes that we all need to promote the EU globally. The way how we look at ourselves does not match the perceptions of others. The EU is treated as a small entity which suffers from crisis, does not have geopolitical vision and ambitions and is getting weaker and weaker...
Der jährliche Feiertag der Universität Leipzig, der Dies academicus, steht dieses Jahr, am 2.12.2014, im Zeichen des 605. Geburtstag der Universität. Dazu sind alle Hochschullehrer, Mitarbeiter und Studierenden eingeladen, dies zu feiern und sich vorzustellen. Mit dabei ist das MIME team der Universität Leipzig, das sich freut, an diesem Tag seinen Beitrag zu MIME zu präsentieren.
The conference "Translation in Exile" will touch on questions of multilingualism and displacement, and on their methodological implications for translation studies, first and foremost with regard to translating literary texts as a political and cultural practice.
This international conference will be organized by the Centre for Literature in Translation of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University, in cooperation with the University of Santiago de Compostela and the Federal University of Santa Catarina. It will take place on 10-11 Dec 2015 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
The range of problems raised by diversity of languages in international economic and political integration processes calls upon innovative, efficient and fair language policies to manage multilingualism. Language policies are increasingly acknowledged as being a necessary component of many decisions taken in the areas of labour mobility, access to knowledge and higher education, social inclusion of migrants; and they can affect companies’ international competitiveness and the democratic control of international organisations.
The symposium "Economics, Linguistic Justice and Language Policy"aims to bring together economists, philosophers, applied linguists and sociolinguists, policy makers, legal scholars, and social scientists in general. The purpose is to discuss, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the socio-economic effects of language policies, the impact of language dynamics and language planning on justice and inequality at the national or international level, and also the connection between democracy, decision-making and linguistic diversity.
Under the auspices of the the MIME project, the Symposium will be organised by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, School of Business and Economics in Berlin, on 2-3 March 2015.