The 2017 Langscape Conference and Board of Director’s meeting will be held from 12-14 October, 2017 in Leeuwarden, Frisland (NL). We would like to thank Cor van der Meer and the Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning (a divison of the Fryske Academy) very warmly for hosting both events.
The conference will be titled “Multilingualism and Minorities” to reflect the special focus of the Mercator Research Centre on research related to regional and minority languages throughout Europe and beyond.
One session within the conference will be dedicated to “VUM and Language Pedagogy”, which will be the follow-up session for the VUM project (Vitality of Urban Multilingualism) kicked-off at this year’s Langscape conference in Berlin in July. All langscape members and the local VUM research groups in Augsburg, Berlin, Brussels, Istanbul, and London are particularly invited to present their work in this special-topic strand.
Last but not least, we are again planning for a doctoral seminar to take place in conjunction with the conference to give our junior researchers an opportunity to present and discuss their work in progress with us.
Please save the date for the upcoming Langscape Conference and BoD-Meeting from 12-14 Oct., 2017 in Leeuwarden.
Stephan & Lutz
Dear Langscape members,
I would like to bring to your attention this conference on Cross-curricular Language Learning at Sheffield Hallam University (click here). The conference will be of interest to anyone of us working in the field of multilingual education, literacy education, and CLIL.
Nous vous rappelons que 24ème Congrès RANACLES se tiendra les 24, 25 et 26 novembre 2016 à l’université Paris-Sorbonne, ESPE de Paris, et qu’il se donne pour objectif d’interroger la notion d’espace d’apprentissage et de recherche en langues à l’ère du numérique.
Nous sommes heureux de vous signaler que programme complet du congrès figure désormais sur le site du colloque: http://ranacles2016.sciencesconf.org/
D’autre part, nous vous signalons que les inscriptions sont ouvertes. Notez cependant que vous devez procéder à votre inscription avant le 30 septembre 2016 pour pouvoir bénéficier du tarif préférentiel.
Nous nous réjouissons de vous retrouver nombreux à cette occasion.
(pour le comité d’organisation)
We are happy to remind you that Université Paris-Sorbonne’s Education Department (ESPE de Paris) will host the 24th RANACLES Conference on 24-26 November 2016. This international conference aims at questioning the notion of language learning and research spaces in the digital age.
We are delighted to inform you that the full conference programme is now available online on the conference website: http://ranacles2016.sciencesconf.org/?lang=en
Please note that online registration is now open and that the early bird registration deadline is 30 September 2016.
We look forward to welcoming you to the conference.
(on behalf of the organising committee)
Dear Langscape members,
Our directors of Teaching Projects – Daniela, Özlem, and Sevinc – propose to apply for a project within the Strategic Partnership funding line of the European Union (Erasmus+). The idea is to offer a specialised doctoral support programme offered through Langscape by its members over a period of three years. The core elements will be face-to-face summer schools and a virtual online module addressing relevant topics for PhD research in the field of multilingualism, language teaching and identity (e.g. concepts and theory, methodology and research methods), and for further academic qualification (e.g. teaching). The product aimed for in the project will be a sustainable curriculum for doctoral research and practice in the areas of investigation of Langscape. We thus hope to be able to offer a unique programme characterised by international perspectives across related areas of research that have not yet been linked or integrated “across disciplines & linguaspheres”.
Therefore, we will set aside a slot at the VUM Symposium in Berlin (8/9 July) of two-three hours to kick-off the project development phase in order to be able to meet the submission deadline in Feb/March 2017. Whilst planning will continue over the summer, actual proposal writing will start in October/Novembern 2016. The coordinators will be Daniela and her team at Frankfurt University.
All Langscape members wishing to be part of the project are requested to state their interest and register for the kick-off session. A preliminary description of the project idea including a quick-list of the cornerstones for Strategic Partnership projects Erasmus+ is attached to this call. In the online registration form for the kick-off meeting please indicate the teaching format (Summer School / online module) and the topic (e.g. theory; research methods; methodology; preparation for academic teaching, or any other) that you think you will be able to offer.
In order to facilitate communication and the preparation of the kick-off meeting, please use the Langscape Symposium website for your registration. Registration will be open until May 30th, 2016.
We are looking forward to meeting you in Berlin,
Lutz, Bettina, Stephan
Dear colleagues and friends,
Please, find attached the announcement of the LANGSCAPE Symposium on “Vitality of Urban Multilingualism & Language Pedagogy” taking place at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on the 8th and 9th of July 2016.
Itesh Sachdev and Katja Lochtman – in their capacity as leaders of the directorate Research Projects – are currently initiating the research project “Vitality of Urban Multilingualism”.
Together with the LANGSCAPE coordinators, Katja and Itesh wish to encourage all members of the network to join the project and circulate the announcement of the Berlin symposium within their research groups. They will be happy to respond to all questions regarding the project. Questions, however, should be sent through firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support of and contribution to this Langscape project.
Kind regards from of the project coordination team:
Itesh & Katja,
Lutz, Stephan & Bettina
LANGSCAPE Symposium: Vitality of Urban Multilingualism & Language Pedagogy
8 July 2016: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
9 July 2016: 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
Registration by 30th May 2016
Multilingual living has received a considerable boost in recent times due to increased migration to urban contexts within and across national and regional boundaries. Super or hyperdiverse, globalised urban contexts, under a variety of different national and local policies and contexts, provides interesting challenges and opportunities for multilingual and intercultural communication, social cohesion and education. Focussing on language learning and language teacher education, this LANGSCAPE Symposium aims to explore how the Vitality of Urban Multilingualism (VUM) relates to intercultural competence, sensitivity and awareness and its role in language teaching and learning. VUM is about how societal multilingualism and individual plurilingualism thrive and flourish in urban conglomerations in terms of an array of demographic, status, and institutional support (& control) factors. We invite experts in the field of multi-/plurilingualism working on language learning and/or language teacher education to join us to discuss these issues in the symposium.
In addition to keynote speakers, the symposium in Berlin will provide a forum for presentation and discussion of preliminary data comprising interviews with language teachers across various LANGSCAPE cities/sites. We call for LANGSCAPE members to express their interest in the project on VUM & Language Pedagogy, and for a confirmation to conduct a small-scale interview study in their area/city by June 2016. This semi-structured interview study would consist of 6 main questions to be posed to language teachers. Ideally, we would like between 15-20 short interviews to be conducted by each partner. Of course, partners will determine the number of interviews according to time and capacity available. Please, send your expression of interest to conduct the interview study to email@example.com by 27 March 2016. Interview questions and other materials will then be sent to you. Discussion at the symposium in Berlin of preliminary data and findings is envisaged.
For further information and registration for the symposium, please, go to: https://sites.google.com/site/langvumberlin2016/. Registration ends by 30th May 2016. A contribution for refreshments (€ 15) will be collected at the registration desk.
- Lesley Harbon, University of Technology Sydney
“Superdiversity in language teacher education: compelling issues from the Australian context“
- Lid King, The Language Company, UK and Lorna Carson, Trinity College Dublin
“Diversity and the city – the LUCIDE experience”
- Cor van der Meer, Fryske Akademy, Mercator Institute
“Minority languages and urban multilingualism”
- Anne Pauwels, SOAS, University of London
Details will be confirmed.
Chères et chers collègues,
Dear LANGSCAPE Members,
Time passes quickly and a month has already passed since our meeting in Barcelona in October. It is more than time to update the entire LANGSCAPE community on the key issues that were discussed in Spain. In the following, you will find all relevant information.
- Bettina Kaiser will succeed Claudia Schmidt in her position as coordination assistant.
- Katja Lochtman now co-chairs the research projects directorate together with Itesh Sachdev.
2 New Members since Brussels
An Vande Casteele (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Yasemin Bayyurt (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul)
Cor van der Meer (Fryske Academy, Ljouwert)
Frank Rabe (Universität Braunschweig)
Gabriele Budach (University of Luxembourg)
Heini-Marja Järvinen (University of Turku)
Jenny Jakisch (Universität Braunschweig)
David Gerlach (Philipps-Universität Marburg)
María González Davies (Blanquerna Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona)
Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer (Universität Hamburg)
Sofia Stratilaki (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)
Sumru Akcan (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul)
Lesley Harbon (University of Technology, Sydney)
Anka Bergmann (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
3 LANGSCAPE Projects
3.1 Research project: “Vitality of Urban Multilingualism” (VUM)
The research projects directorate will coordinate a collaborative research project called VUM. Research Questions of this project will be:
- What is the VUM in LANGSCAPE partners cities/towns?
- What are attitudes to multilingualism and plurilingualism in these places; How do VUM and attitudes to multilingualism relate?
- Focus on Teacher Education – a qualitative study: How is VUM reflected in educational contexts through teachers attitudes, classroom practice and school policies?
Itesh Sachdev and Katja Lochtman will keep LANGSCAPE members informed on the progress of the project. Soon, more detailed information will be made available via the LANGSCAPE blog.
At the VUM Symposium in Berlin between 8th and 9th of July 2016, first results can be discussed among participants.
3.2 Book series: Research on Identity/Multilingualism/Plurilingualism (RIMP)
LANGSCAPE will establish a printed monolingual English book series as well as an online multilingual open access publication.
A working group within LANGSCAPE will create an official, updated and redesigned website. The LANGSCAPE Coordination team will also finalise the new poster design together with the concept of the slogan. Results of both processes will be made available to the LANGSCAPE community early in the next year.
3.4 Doctoral Support
Doctoral seminars will be established as a regular forum for exchange preferably at the annual LANGSCAPE meetings.
4 Prospective Tasks
4.1 Next LANGSCAPE meeting and doctoral seminar 2016
Both will take place in Berlin between the 7th and 9th of July 2016.
4.2 Next LANGSCAPE meeting and doctoral seminar 2017
Members will need to determine the venue for the meeting and doctoral seminar in 2017.
Please, do not hesitate to contact us for any further questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kind regards from your co-ordination team,
Bettina Kaiser, Stephan Breidbach und Lutz Küster
Dear LANGSCAPE members,
we are happy to announce that the website providing detailed information on the Symposium
“Sociocultural Approaches to Additional Language Learning/Teaching, Research and Teacher Education: Bridging the Gap between Practice and Theory”
co-organized by LANGSCAPE BoD-member Olga Esteve (Doctoral Support & Networking) and taking place in Barcelona between 14th and 16th October is now accessible. Please refer to:
Please keep in mind: as has been announced in earlier blog posts, there will also be the LANGSCAPE Doctoral Seminar and LANGSCAPE-BoD-and-members-Meeting (on the 13th October) as well as the AILA-Meeting (on the 16th October) surrounding the symposium.
[For older blog posts, please see:
Dear LANGSCAPE members and friends,
please save the date for another highly interesting conference on
“Plurilingualism, pluriculturalism and English in globalization: devices, practices and issues in the internationalization of European higher education”.
The International Congress organized by the Western Catholic University Angers (F) and the University of Nantes (F) will take place at Western Catholic University at Angers between 7th and 10th October.
For more detailed information, please refer to the bilingual paper on the congress (including a call for papers) and do not hesitate to contact us or Christiane Fäcke, member of the LANGSCAPE Publication Policy directorate, who is co-organizing this conference.
(LANGSCAPE Coordination Team)
Dear LANGSCAPE members and friends,
we are pleased to be able to provide you today with some details concerning the Symposium and LANGSCAPE Doctoral Seminar in Barcelona in October this year along with the according proposal forms:
1. The Symposium
“Sociocultural Approaches to Additional Language Learning/Teaching Research and Teacher Education: Bridging the Gap between Practice and Theory”
taking place between 14th and 16th October. Please follow these links for a detailed description of the Symposium and the form to be filled in and sent back to the organizers if you wish to propose a contribution.
2. The LANGSCAPE Doctoral Seminar
“Research on multilingualism in the language classroom”
For any problems and questions concerning the events in Barcelona, please contact the organizers/coordinators introduced in the documents.
Looking forward to meeting you there.
Best regards from Berlin,
Claudia Schmidt (on behalf of the LANGSCAPE Coordination Team)