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.