This is the first time an ICML conference is held in an East-Central European country after the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union. The aim of the conference is to provide a frame for mutual transfer of knowledge between research communities about the current situation of linguistic minorities in Europe - a geographical unit in temporal transition between a past of nation states and a future of the enlarged European Union. It is the historical strength of the concept "nation" that makes us aware of the contrast between the reality of minorities delineated by state borders and the ideal of a supra-national entity in which the word "minority" only has a numerical reference.

The special focus of the conference is Multilingualism, Citizenship and the Future of Minority Languages: Ideologies and Practices of Linguistic Difference in Europe.

The conference will bring together researchers working on linguistic minorities, different aspects of bi- and multilingualism, bilingual education, ideologies of language, language and identity construction, language policy, and especially on maintenance and revitalization of minority languages in the new Europe. Sociolinguistic, anthropological, historical, political, legal, economic and social approaches are all welcome.

The conference offers an opportunity to discuss various disciplinary approaches to minority languages propagating good research practices in the region, contributing to the integration of its relevant research activities into a common European Research Area, and increasing effective use of dialogue and deliberation in policy formulation and research.

Main themes for paper and poster presentations

  • Bilingualism and education
  • Models of language learning in education
  • Minority languages and the "new economy" (country studies, analyses of the administration of the European Union)
  • Negotiation of identities in a new European context: national, regional and transnational perspectives
  • Language policies, language planning and linguistic human rights within national and international legal frameworks
  • The challenges of comparative analysis of minority languages
  • Patterns of language shift and maintenance
  • Minority languages, the media and the Internet
  • Minority languages and corpus linguistics
  • The Roma minority and their languages in Europe
  • Linguistic minorities in the enlarged EU

Proposed themes for colloquia include (but are not limited to)

  • Linguistic imperialism and bilingualism of minorities in Europe
  • Migration and bilingualism
  • Areas of citizenship, human rights, equality, and the trans-national/international nature of the Deaf community
  • European Union: Old and New – Common and specific linguistic arrangements in old and new Member States
  • The EU and the protection of linguistic minorities