MIME deputy coordinator László K. Marácz has recently published an article entitled "Prospects on Hungarian as a Regional Official Language and Szeklerland’s Territorial Autonomy in Romania" in the International journal on minority and group rights.
This article analyses two options the Hungarian ethno-linguistic community in the Transylvanian region of Romania has in order to preserve its ethno-linguistic iden- tity. Firstly, there is the option of unrestricted language use in the public domain. At present the Romanian legal framework assigns members of the Hungarian speaking community in Transylvania individual linguistic and cultural rights only. The Roma- nian language policy is further restricted by a threshold rule. The ratio of minority must number 20 per cent of the total inhabitants of a certain administrative-territorial unit in order to have their language recognised officially. The second possibility is that historical territories where Transylvanian Hungarians statistically form a dominant majority (i.e. Szeklerland) are granted territorial autonomy. The territoriality principle would secure linguistic minority rights. We will conclude that the prospects for Hun- garian as a regional language in Romania are more realistic than the recognition of Szeklerland’s territorial autonomy.
the full article can be found in International journal on minority and group rights 23 (2016) 530-559.
MIME will be presented at the Conference: 'Great start in life! The best possible education in early years'.
The conference will be held on the 30th of November (from 9:00) and 1st of December 2016 (until 13:00) in Brussels, Hotel Husa President Park, Boulevard du Roi Albert II 44 . The conference is co-organised by the Education and Culture and Research and Innovation Directorates General of the European Commission. 250 participants are expected.
Please visit the conference website (password: GSIL2016) where you will find the programme and all relevant information. Should you be interested in joining, please kindly register there at your earliest convenience.
There will be a large exhibition space where projects and organisations will display their material/activities, with 20 stands in the networking area where coffee breaks, lunch and dinner (30/11 from 18:30 – 21:30) will also be served. During the breaks, and in particular during the “walking dinner”, participants will be invited to visit the exhibition.
On 22-24 May 2017, the Amsterdam School for Transnational, Regional and European Studies of the Faculty of Humanities of the Universiteit van Amsterdam will host an international conference organized by ARTES (artes.uva.nl), ISPA’s RC50 (rc50.ipsa.org) and MIME (mime-project.org ).
In recent years, global trends in migration, trade and overall mobility have continued to transform our objective realities and subjective experiences of linguistic diversity. More broadly, in many countries, the politics of multilingualism have raised new possibilities for collaboration and action as well as challenges to social solidarity and democratic life. In response, scholars in the broad field of language policy and planning have studied language policy choices, linguistic vitality and language revitalization, curriculum development and pedagogies, governing mechanisms and policy instruments, and explored the conditions for linguistic justice in complex societies.
This conference will provide an opportunity to examine and better understand these various possibilities and challenges associated with the contemporary politics of multilingualism. Proposals for individual papers or for panels are invited. We welcome case studies and comparisons, as well as papers adopting a theoretical or normative perspective. Established academics and early-career scholars are invited to submit proposals.
Keynote speaker will be Dr. Linda Cardinal (University of Ottawa, Canada). Dr. Cardinal is Professor in the School of Political Studies and holder of the Chaire de recherche sur la francophonie canadienne et les politiques publiques at the University of Ottawa. She is one of Canada’s leading experts on language and politics, and her recent comparative work has focused on language regimes and state traditions. Dr. Cardinal is past president of IPSA’s RC50.
Proposals for papers should include full contact details (email address, mailing address, and affiliation) of the author(s) and an abstract of up to 250 words.
Panel proposals must include: • A minimum of three papers and a maximum of four; • Panel title and individual paper titles • Short description of panel (up to 250 words) • Contact details of chair, paper-givers and discussant
The final deadline for electronic submission of proposals is 20 January 2017. Proposals should be submitted to: email@example.com.
Notices of acceptance will be sent out no later than 15 February 2017.
Conference registration will cost 50€ for all participants (paper-givers, discussants, chairs and attendees).
This is an authoritative collection of texts on language rights principles and practices as these have evolved over the past century, and their anchoring in international and national legislation. It is multidisciplinary, drawing on language policy, political theory, education, law, philosophy, anthropology, economics, minority studies, deaf studies, and indigenous cosmologies. The editors have written a general introduction, and introductions to each thematic volume. There are 95 key texts, case studies of language rights in many countries, written by scholars from all continents. The selection consists mainly of texts published earlier, some with updates, and a few specially commissioned chapters.