Seminar: Linguistic Recognition in Deeply Divided Societies

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INCORE Announcement - 10 January 2017
Lunchtime seminar in conjunction with Linguistics and INCORE

Linguistic Recognition in Deeply Divided Societies:

Antagonism or Reconciliation?

Dr Philip McDermott (Ulster University, Sociology)
Professor Mairead Nic Craith (Intercultural Research Centre Heriot-Watt and Visiting Professor in Linguistics Ulster University)

Room 3A02, Jordanstown campus, Ulster University
19th January 2017, 1pm-2pm (followed by lunch)

The developing system of language rights globally suggests that there is a widening perception amongst international organisations and states that the application of language rights is crucial for the fostering of peace, stability and security. Language rights might then be considered even more salient for those societies that are deeply fractured along ethnic lines but which are transitioning from a period of conflict to peace. Even after conflict, language can continue to be a symbolic marker of competing groups with differing political aspirations. In this lunchtime seminar we consider how language rights in deeply divided places have been integrated into formalised peace agreements, treaties and/or new constitutions. Using case studies from Europe, Central America and Africa, we consider the various schools of thought which either champion the notion that recognising linguistic minorities is crucial in the mitigation of conflict versus those who are more sceptical and who view such processes as responsible for further politicising ethnic identities in already fragile circumstances.

RSVP to Dr Philip McDermott, p.mcdermott at<mailto:p.mcdermott at>

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