What does "assimilation" (in its socio-cultural sense) really mean in an age of globalization, easy digital communication, international integration, migration, and recently in the wake of recrudescent nationalisms? On a vary basic level, we know that assimilation refers to a process by which individuals of a more or less distinct group (perhaps indigenous, immigrant, or … Continue reading Assimilation – in the 21st century?
Taking the opportunity again this year to publicize the latest in a series of annual symposia in New York on language issues in international contexts. The last two dealt with language(s) and the Sustainable Development Goals. This year's edition, to be held on 10-11 May 2018, has as its title, "Multilingualism in International Organizations and … Continue reading Symposium on multilingualism in international organizations & cooperation, 10-11 May 2018
This year has been one of some personal transitions, hence less posting on this blog than originally planned. As 2017 comes to a close, I wanted to touch on a couple of topics among several related to the blog content. First, 2017 is the U.N. Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Usually I try to … Continue reading Concluding 2017, looking forward to 2018
Two separate items posted on LinkedIn in August & October 2017 relating to the importance of languages in development, and first language instruction for increasing girls' education levels in Africa. Sociolinguistics of Development in Africa (posted 23 August 2017) Finally reading Paulin Djité's Sociolinguistics of Development in Africa, 2008. Shd be req'd for all in … Continue reading [LI] Sociolinguistics of development & girls’ education in Africa
The 12th biennial Language and Development Conference (LDC) will be held in Dakar, Senegal, on 27-29 November 2017. The call for participation (CFP) deadline has been extended to 31 May (apologies as I'm just catching up on this). The theme of this edition of the conference is: Language and the Sustainable Development Goals. From the … Continue reading CFP: Language and Development 2017
Having in the previous posting referenced the security triangle used in development and humanitarian work, I thought it would be worth taking another look at the concept. As I mentioned, the three elements in this model are (with brief definitions I adapted from other sources): Acceptance: Reduce the threat by fostering acceptance and positive image … Continue reading “Security triangle” without the triangle
The Study Group on Language at the United Nations, in cooperation with the Centre for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems and the Center for Applied Linguistics, will again this year hold a two-day symposium (11-12 May 2017) on language and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I reproduce below the call for participation (CFP) … Continue reading CFP: Language, the SDGs, and Vulnerable Populations