Symposium: Language and Exclusion

The Study Group on Language at the United Nations, in cooperation with the Centre for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems, invites you to contribute to a symposium on “language and exclusion” on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at the Church Center (777 United Nations Plaza) from 9:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The organizers welcome proposals for brief 20-minute papers on topics such as the following:

  • Language policy in international organizations
  • Language parity in international settings
  • Language use at, and by, the United Nations
  • Language as a factor in sustainable development
  • Language and human rights
  • Discrimination on grounds of language
  • Language and the post-2015 development agenda
  • The role of language in international peacekeeping
  • Language and globalization
  • Language and minority rights
  • Mother-tongue education
  • NGOs and language policy

Please send proposals (200 words or less) to the chair of the symposium organizing committee, Prof. Humphrey Tonkin, at, by February 13, 2015.  The committee expects to make final decisions on the program by March 1.

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