Linguistic Rights and Duties of Migrants: Norms and Practices

CHAIRE HOOVER Louvain-La-Neuve

23 septembre 2019

24 septembre 2019

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Keynotes: Philippe Van Parijs (UCLouvain) and Helder De Schutter (KU Leuven)

What are the linguistic rights and duties of migrants in liberal democracies? By looking into the empirical practices and normative debates regarding linguistic rights and duties of migrants, we intend for this workshop to shed light on the connection between migration and linguistic justice.

Some historically present minority groups in liberal democracies have been granted linguistic-cultural rights as protection against assimilation. Migrants, on the other hand, are largely excluded from such rights. Instead, they are required to fulfil cultural-linguistic conditions in order to access social, political and economic rights, residency and/or citizenship. The debates of linguistic justice largely circulate around historical or territorial minorities, and leave migrants out of the discussion, while migration scholarship rarely focuses on questions of linguistic justice. This interdisciplinary workshop aims to connect research between migration and linguistic justice through the synthesis of the theoretical, empirical and practical approaches to the topic.
Potential Questions

Workshop information

Through these questions, we want to open a transdisciplinary space where empirical and theoretical considerations incorporated across disciplines facilitated by researchers from a diverse set of fields. To that end, this workshop will follow a ‘non-standard’ format in that it will be problem oriented with a focus on improving each other’s work and exposing your work to the perspectives of other disciplines approaches and considerations. Early career scholars are encouraged to apply.

There is no participation fee but participants are to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

To submit a proposal, send the following two separate documents by April 7th 2019:

1. Your name, academic affiliation and email address. Please name this document: “[the title of your paper] – 1”;

2. The title of your paper and an abstract no more than 500 words. Please name this document: “[the title of your paper] – 2”. This document should be prepared for blind review (do not include your name or any other identifying information in this document).

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the workshop by May 1st 2019.

For further information please contact:

Nina Carlsson (Södertörn University)
Camille Pascal (UCLouvain)
Colin Rowe (KULeuven)