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Farewell to LANGSCAPE

Dear LANGSCAPE members, colleagues, and friends,

As you will probably have guessed from the title of this message, this will be my last post on this blog as assistant to the LANGSCAPE coordination, since I will leave my position at the end of the month. It has been an interesting and inspiring experience to work for LANGSCAPE. Thank you for all the motivating conversations, your insightful perspectives, and the opportunities to flourish!

With kind regards, and my very best wishes,

Florian Möller

Announcement: Change of personnel – Farewell to Bettina Kaiser, introducing Florian Möller

Dear Langscape members,

This post announces a change in personnel among the Langscape coordination. First of all, I would like to introduce myself to all of you. My name is Florian Möller. Currently, I work for the Foreign Language Education section of the department of English and American Studies at Humboldt-University in Berlin. So far, the focus of my work has been to administer the department’s literature. Yet, I have now been given the opportunity to extend my field of work and will in future take over from Bettina Kaiser assisting the Langscape coordinators.

Sadly, this leads me to one of my first duties, which is to bid Bettina Kaiser farewell. As far as my still rather limited Langscape experience tells me her excellent, constructive and precise work in assisting and organizing the coordination of Langscape will be missed by all of us. Yet, other projects await her and I heartily wish her continued success in all her future efforts. Thank you for the good work, Bettina! In order to let Bettina write a few words as well I would like to hand over the metaphorical pen to her:

Changing the identity of “I”, I, Bettina, would like to use this paragraph to express my gratitude in having been able to work with and for all of you. It has been a great pleasure to get to know you and I thank Florian for taking over. To cut a long story short: thank you for your continued trust in my abilities and to all of you the utmost success in shaping Langscape’s future and vision.

Best wishes,

Bettina Kaiser

Bettina Kaiser (Abb.: Bettina Kaiser)


Florian Möller

Florian Möller (Abb.: Florian Möller)



Save the date: Langscape Conference and BoD-Meeting in Leeuwarden from 12-14 Oct., 2017

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

Langscape expresses solidarity with our friends in Turkey

The recent developments following the attempted coup-d’état in Turkey have given rise to many concerns and worries with regard to the fundamental freedom of research and academic teaching, and the personal situation of Langscape members working at the country’s universities. On behalf of Langscape, we express our solidarity with all our friends and colleagues in Turkey. The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has released an address of solidarity that we fully support and would like to endorse by sharing it with the Langscape community.

Furthermore, the European University Association has expressed its opposition to the massive state-interference at Turkish universities that lead to a clampdown on deans and the curtailing of the freedom to travel for researchers and students.

Langscape subscribes to the EUA’s call to “support democracy in Turkey, including institutional autonomy and academic freedom for scholars and students”.

On behalf of the Langscape Board,

Stephan Breidbach and Lutz Küster

25. July 2016 | Posted by Prof. Dr. Stephan Breidbach | No comments »

NEWS: Website Symposium “Sociocultural Approaches…” in Barcelona, 14 – 16 October 2015

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:


Best regards,

Claudia Schmidt

Save the Date: LANGSCAPE + Symposium + AILA in Barcelona, 13 – 16 October, 2015

Dear Langscape members,

We are very pleased to be able to send our best wishes for a happy New Year in conjunction with the announcement of the next general Langscape-Meeting (functioning as a BoD – meeting) at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona on the 13th October, 2015.

We are very grateful to Olga Esteve and her team, who will host this meeting and the succession of other Langscape-related events in the same week. The Langscape/BoD-Meeting will be in a sandwich-position between an opening Doctoral Seminar and a three-day Symposium of the AILA ReN “Sociocultural Theory and Emergentism”. You are all very warmly invited to participate in each of these events.

Below, you find a tentative schedule for you to be able to save the date(s).

• Langscape Doctoral Seminar: ‘Research on multilingualism in educational settings’                    October 13th, 2015 (9 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.)

 • Langscape & BoD-Meeting (open to all Langscape members)                                                    October 13th, 2015 (afternoon, est. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

Symposium: Sociocultural approaches to additional language learning/teaching research and teacher education:  bridging the gap between practice and theory, University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)         October 14th -16th, 2015

AILA ReN-Meeting                                                                                                                                  October 16th, 2015 (4 p.m. – 6 p.m.)

A more detailled programme for the whole week, a Call for Papers for the ReN-Symposium and details for the Doctoral Seminar will be coming soon.

We hope to see you in Barcelona in October.
Best wishes from Berlin for now,
Stephan, Lutz and Claudia

Merry Christmas – Frohe Weihnachten – Feliz Navidad – Joyeux Noel

Dear Langscape members, friends and colleagues,

The coordinating team wish you all a Merry Christmas.

Please feel invited to share a topical photo with with all of us for a little local X-Mas colour in our blog site.

Seasons greetings,

Stephan, Lutz & Claudia


Berlin Cathedral and Televisoin Tower Dec. 2014

23. December 2014 | Posted by Prof. Dr. Stephan Breidbach | No comments »

Save the date & Call for Papers: International conference SOCIOCULTURAL COMPETENCE & LANGUAGE LEARNING IN MULTILINGUAL SETTINGS, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 18-19 September 2014

Dear Langscape members,

please save the date for another interesting conference on 18 and 19 September at Brussels!


at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BRUSSELS, on 18-19 September 2014.

All information concerning the conference, deadlines for the Call for Papers etc. are to be found here:

Please forward the link and information on this conference also to anyone not (or not yet) affiliated with the Langscape Network.

PLEASE NOTE: We are planning a Langscape- as well as a BoD-Meeting alongside the conference, so coming to Brussels in autumn will be rewarding in more than one way…

A precise date will be negotiated in due time.

Kindest regards,




Call for Applications “Humboldt Post-Doc Fellowships”

Dear Langscape members,

I´d like to forward information on an interesting opportunity for support of postdoctoral researchers and projects to you:

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin currently offers support and funding of Post-Doc Fellowships for outstanding (young) researchers from Germany (outside HU) and abroad. In general, projects from all disciplines are welcome and are merely asked to be compatible with the HU research portfolio. The funding scheme allows for various networking opportunities.

We´d like to direct this offer especially at researchers whose research and projects are closely connected to the Langscape network.

If you can think of possible candidates you would like to propose, please contact Stephan Breidbach or Lutz Küster as Langscape Co-ordinators accordingly.

You find more detailed information on the funding profile as well as requirements and deadlines for application etc. here:

Kind regards,

Claudia Schmidt


Seasons Greetings


The co-ordinating team wish all Langscape members, associates, friends and families a very Happy Christmas and a New Year full of flourishing prospects and good health. We look forward to new and extended Langscape activities in 2014.

Berlin Fernsehturm and Weihnachtsmarkt
The Berlin Telecom Tower (Fernsehturm) and Christkindl-Market (Weihnachtsmarkt)

Best wishes from Stephan Breidbach, Lutz Küster and Claudia Schmidt





26. December 2013 | Posted by Prof. Dr. Stephan Breidbach