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Ethno-linguistic Mobilisation and Regional Languages in Europe

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Workshop Director
Jean-Baptiste Harguindéguy
Universidad Pablo de Olavide
Workshop Co-Director
Alistair Cole
CARDIFF, University of

Though the pressure for linguistic monopolisation lay at the heart of the modernistic European state project, this process has partially failed. Indeed, empirical research demonstrates both the emergence of a variety of ethno-linguistic social movements mobilising in support of regional languages and the taking into consideration of this issue by international agencies (UNESCO, Council of Europe) and state governments. This workshop aims to obtain a better understanding of the connection between the concepts of identity, territory and language – understood as a vector of collective identity and as an instrument for political mobilisation – in the context of the enlarged Europe.
We invite applicants to propose case studies, comparative analyses and more theoretical papers related to ethno-linguistic mobilisations dealing with the three following issues:
(1) Actors, networks and ethno-linguistic mobilisations in Europe: What are the political repertoires used by these movements? Which networks have been the most efficient in institutionalising their structure? What kinds of relations do ethno-linguistic movements maintain with ethno-nationalist parties?
(2) Mobilisations and language policies: How do ethno-linguistic mobilisations influence the language policies elaborated by European governments? What is the relation between ethno-linguistic movements and local-regional representative institutions? How are ethno-linguistic demands filtered by the party system?
(3) The Europeanisation of ethno-linguistic mobilizations? Europeanisation can be narrated as a process generated by the “vertical” pressure exerted by European institutions (like the Council of Europe for example). It can also be conceived as a “horizontal” process, creating cross-border networks uniting different ethno-linguistic movements into large transnational coalitions. We invite papers on both dimensions.

Paper List

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"Ethno-linguistic mobilisations and linguistic policy. Does the Republic care about regional languages?" View Paper Details
“Bargaining over Language Rights”. View Paper Details
“Collective identities and failed nationalism. The case of Valencia in Spain”. View Paper Details
“Electoral participation and national integration in Catalonia and the region of Madrid”. View Paper Details
“Ethno-linguistic Mobilisation and Regional Languages in Europe: Towards Recognition?”. View Paper Details
“Ethno-linguistic Mobilisation, identity and regional languages in France. A comparison Alsace/Brittany”. View Paper Details
“Ethno-linguistic Mobilisations in Central and East European States with Hungarian Minorities”. View Paper Details
“Getting Our Language Recognized: East-European Minorities Acting on a Multi-Level Arena”. View Paper Details
“Globalization and the Change of Party Systems in Ethnically Divided Polities: Evidence from the Basque Country”. View Paper Details
“Language policies in Europe between conflict and dialogue”. View Paper Details
“Mapping the voting behaviours and political identities of ethno-linguistic communities in a two-sided Europe”. View Paper Details
“Top-Down Language Mobilization – Language Rights and The Making of Language Policies in Catalonia”. View Paper Details
Doing as they are told? Subregional Language Policies in the Basque Country, Catalonia and Wales View Paper Details
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