The European Union promotes multilingualism and cultural diversity. However, English has become a predominant language in scientific research and publishing, whereas the internationalisation of higher education is often reduced to using more and more English as a language of instruction at universities.
The Centre for Academic Estonian at the Tallinn University gladly invites to the second international conference National languages in academic research and higher education, to be held in Tallinn, Estonia. The conference is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research and the Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Estonia.
The aim of the event is to confer on the current situation of national languages in the globalising world of science, dealing with every kind of achievements and problems of using national or state languages in academia. We welcome discussion on contemporary tendencies of using diverse mother tongues for academic research and higher education of any speciality, and on different solutions on how to reach a sustainable balance between national and international, multilingual scientific work and communication.
We kindly invite contributions on topics that include, but are not limited to:
Abstracts for a 20 min (+ discussion) paper or poster (A0, A1) are welcomed in either .docx or .odt format. The abstract should not exceed 2500 characters (excl. references). Please submit your abstract to NatAcLang2020@tlu.ee and specify whether you would prefer to present a talk or poster or have no preference.
We welcome proposals for symposia or workshops (both 60–90 min). A symposium is preferably a scholarly debate over ideas, theories etc.; in a workshop you search solutions for a certain task (e.g., coining new terms, improving the termstock* of a subject field, renewing or creating a university course or curriculum of an academic language, excl. English). The initiator is expected to enrol 2–3 co-participants, others are welcomed to propose their contributions.
*v. Nemvalts, Peep 2018. Coping with the main terms of terminology. In: Terminologija 25. Vilnius: Lietuvių kalbos institutas, pp. 39–54 (http://lki.lt/terminologija-25/).
Annette de Groot studied Dutch Language and Literature and General Linguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and subsequently obtained a doctorate in Psycholinguistics, also at Radboud University Nijmegen. In 1987 she was appointed by the University of Amsterdam, first as associate professor of Cognitive Psychology and next as professor of Experimental Psycholinguistics. She conducted research on reading and spelling, word recognition and the mental lexicon, and bilingualism and multilingualism. Within the latter research theme, the emphasis was on word processing by bilinguals, word learning in a second language, and simultaneous interpreting. In addition to dozens of journal articles and book chapters, she has published a number of books, including the monograph Language and cognition in bilinguals and multilinguals: An introduction, published by Psychology Press. Her farewell lecture Nederlands moet: over meertaligheid en de verengelsing van het universitaire onderwijs (Dutch is a must: about multilingualism and the anglicisation of university education), marks the beginning of her current efforts to inform various audiences about the risks and adverse effects of large-scale anglicisation of higher education. These efforts are particularly urgent in The Netherlands, where English has rapidly become the sole language of instruction in the majority of university programs.BACK
Vera Schwach earned a doctoral degree (dr.philos.) in history from the University of Oslo (2012) and helds a position as Research Professor at NIFU, Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Higher Education, situated in Oslo, Norway. Schwach’s specialities includes evaluation, studies on research policy, higher education and history of science. Since 2003 she has examined the use of English and the national language, Norwegian, in research and higher education. Her investigations of academic curriculums includes language distribution in bachelor- and master programmes respectively, in textbooks and other learning resources, furthermore, teaching and learning environment in general. Her ambition is to reach facts and insight in contemporary use of English and Norwegian in an academic setting, and to establish reliable methods and statistics for investigations. The majority of the studies has been Commissioned by the Norwegian Language Council (Språkrådet). The results have contributed to a knowledge basis for the Language Council’s work and policy, furthermore to official papers and Government’s white papers to the Parliament.BACK
Kerttu Rozenvalde currently works at the Department of Language Development of the Latvian Language Agency where she does sociolinguistic research. Right now, she is part of the working group that carries out a large-scale macro-sociolinguistic study on language situation in Latvia from 2016 to 2020. The research is a continuation of previous work done in a similar vein (The Language Situation in Latvia. 2010–2015. Latvian Language Agency, 2017). From 2011 to 2017 she worked as lecturer of the Estonian language and culture at the University of Latvia. Among her fields of research are language and higher education policies. She recently defended her PhD dissertation that investigated the interplay of languages in higher education comparatively in Estonia and Latvia.BACK
Tallinn University is the largest university of humanities in Tallinn and the third biggest public university in Estonia. We have almost 7,000 students (with 9.5% of them international), and about 800 employees, including nearly 400 researchers and lecturers.
Wishing to contribute more to the society, we have set a goal to become the promoter of intelligent lifestyle in Estonia. We interpret intelligent lifestyle as making research-based decisions in order to improve the society in general and the well-being of its citizens.
Our five interdisciplinary focus fields are educational innovation, digital and media culture, cultural competences, healthy and sustainable lifestyle and society and open governance.
Narva mnt 25, 10120 Tallinn
Proposals for symposia or workshops; June 22, decision
Abstract submission deadline
Kais Allkivi-Metsoja, PhD student - Tallinn University
Merilin Aruvee, PhD student - Tallinn University
Prof. Annekatrin Kaivapalu, University of Eastern Finland
Prof. Birute Klaas-Lang - University of Tartu
Prof. Helle Metslang - University of Tartu
Peep Nemvalts, PhD - Tallinn University (chair)
Halliki Põlda, PhD - Tallinn University
Mari Uusküla, PhD - Tallinn University
Practical arrangement: Tallinn University Conference Centre
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