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August 2017

Soros Series: Is Esperanto dangerous?

August 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016 United States
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Speaker: Ulrich Lins As speakers of a 'dangerous language', the adepts of Esperanto were harassed and persecuted. The fate of Esperanto can be seen as a barometer to measure the degree to which regimes tolerate the desire for direct person-to-person international communication. After the fall of Fascism and Stalinism, conditions were becoming favourable for Esperanto. But the language still is in a very weak position compared to national languages, because it relies on a sentiment that is itself weak: spontaneous internationalism.…

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Deadline for Nominations: James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts

August 31

TIRF - The International Research Foundation for English Language Education - established the TIRF James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts to honor the contributions of our outstanding educator and association founder and leader to the field. With this message, we are inviting nominations for the 2018 TIRF Alatis Prize competition. For this year's prize, we invite nominations of outstanding articles or chapters that were published during calendar years of 2016 or 2017.…

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Special Panel: Rethinking the world through language: the role of Esperanto in modern Japanese history

August 31

Special Panel: Rethinking the world through language: the role of Esperanto in modern Japanese history EAJS2017 Conference in Lisbon Convenor Ian Rapley (Cardiff University) Discussant Gotelind Mueller-Saini (University of Heidelberg) Papers: Joseph Essertier (Nagoya Institute of Technology): Inclusive design in Esperanto and romanisation movements in 1930s Japan Ian Rapley (Cardiff University): Volapük, Pekesaranpan, Zilengo, & Esperanto: the International languages of Meiji Japan Joshua Fogel (York University): Why Is Esperanto so popular in Japan? For more information, click here.

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September 2017

UK Language Policy after Brexit 2017: The influence of devolution

September 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Aberystwyth University (UK), United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

Following on from the inaugural UKLPAB conference in 2016, the theme of this year’s meeting will be devolution and the extent of policy variation post-Brexit. What will be the significance of Brexit for language policies adopted by UK nations? Potential themes could include: Will Brexit be significant for strategies and policies adopted by UK nations to promote minority languages and signed languages? Given that education is devolved, how might the teaching of modern foreign languages be approached differently across the…

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Fourth Interlinguistics Symposium: The role of international languages from the time of Zamenhof to the modern multicultural world

September 21 @ 8:00 am - September 22 @ 5:00 pm

The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Ludwik Zamenhof, the initiator of the international language Esperanto and a great supporter of intercultural dialogue. In light of his achievements UNESCO selected Zamenhof as one of its eminent personalities of 2017. The conference will commemorate the life and achievements of Zamenhof whose peaceful attitude promoted intercultural understanding by removing language barriers. The topics of the conference relate to cooperation in the face of linguistic and cultural challenges from…

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Symposium on the Politics of Language Policy at the Local Level

September 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
SOAS University of London (UK), United Kingdom + Google Map

Deadline for submissions: Friday 14th July 2017 Language Policy is highly political and often controversial, with official top-down policy criticized by scholars for serving dominant political interests and reproducing unequal power relations. This one-day symposium aims to move the discussion forwards by treating Language Policy as a dynamic socio-cultural process. For more information: https://www.soas.ac.uk/linguistics/events/22sep2017-symposium-on-the-politics-of-language-policy-at-the-local-level.html

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October 2017

International Colloquium on “Language Skills for Economic and Social Inclusion”

October 12 @ 8:00 am - October 13 @ 5:00 pm
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany + Google Map

This conference aims at exploring the relationship between individual language skills and people’s integration in the economy and in society in general with a special focus on the labour market. Language skills can be viewed as human capital having a positive influence on people’s income, employability and social inclusion. This holds for immigrants, refugees and mobile people who can benefit from the knowledge of the official language(s) of the host country, but also for citizens learning foreign languages and using…

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Soros Series: Militopucos’: James Joyce and Universal Language

October 13 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016 United States
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Speaker: Nico Israel A discussion of passages addressing Esperanto in James Joyce's novels Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, as approached by a non-Esperantist literary scholar. At issue are Joyce's positions on art, language and gesture in an age of war. Nico Israel is Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center and Hunter College. He is the author of Outlandish: Writing between Exile and Diaspora (Stanford UP, 2000), Spirals: The Whirled History of Twentieth-century Literature and Art (Columbia UP, 2000), and…

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Deadline for Submissions: III International Conference on Economic, Business, Financial and Institutional Translation

October 31

*PAPER SUBMISSION* The conference invites interested participants to submit proposals for papers in Spanish, French and English dealing with the following areas in addition to a specialized area (accounting, finance, marketing, logistics, transportation, advertising, sales, insurance, macroeconomics, macrofinance, monetary policy, tourism, corporate governance, management, real estate or corporate website, etc.): - Terminology problems and translation practice - Creation of terminology resources - Genres, text taxonomies and contrastive analysis - Professional experience - IT and the use of translation resources -…

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November 2017

Soros Series: Esperanto is (not) dead: About the enduring discrepancy between the perception of Esperanto as a language without culture and its extraordinary cultural achievements

November 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016 United States
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Speaker: Ulrich Becker Throughout the history of Esperanto, its proponents have been confronted with the criticism that they are promoting a language that cannot develop a sustainable culture, because its speakers are not an ethnically or culturally definable entity or based in a geographically unified area. The actual cultural achievements of Esperanto speak an entirely different language, both with regards to the cultural output within the Esperanto movement and the cultural impact Esperanto has been having on the world. Ulrich…

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