Authority, Power, and Language 

October 18, 2022, 9:30 AM - October 20, 2022 - 4:00 PM
University of Limerick / Ollscoil Luimnigh

The Pavilion, North Campus
University of Limerick,
Limerick V94 F7XW
Attendance: Free, register here before October 4.

To date, theories of linguistic justice have focused on its distributive dimension: how material and symbolic resources should be distributed across language groups in a given society, or – less often - globally. Meanwhile, few theories of linguistic justice have systematically addressed how power over linguistic issues should be distributed. In other words, there remains an important and unanswered question about who is entitled to exercise power over language policies and regulations. The aim of this conference is to advance our understanding of this puzzle by incorporating the concepts of authority and self-government into the discussions of linguistic justice. The general question to be addressed is the following: who should be entitled to regulate language policies, planning, status and/or rights and duties?
Day 1 (18/10/2022)

Coffee and registration (9.30-10.00)

Session 1 (10.05-12.35)
Language and self-government

Chair: Andrew Shorten (Limerick)

Rainer Bauböck (Florence, EUI): Linguistic powers of self-government: How (not) to establish official languages in democratic polities

Sergi Morales-Gálvez (Limerick): Federalism, authority and linguistic domination

Break (11.35-11.50)

Ayelet Banai (Haifa): Non-domination and linguistic minorities' accommodation

Lunch break (12.35-14.00)

Session 2 (14.00-16.30)
Democracy, recognition and linguistic justice

Chair: Brian Milstein (Limerick)

Alan Patten (Princeton): When are language rights human rights?

Mami Kawamura (Kobe): Can equal recognition save linguistic minorities?

Break (15.30-15.45)

Andrew Shorten (Limerick): Who Decides? A Pluralist Model of Linguistic Self-Determination

Day 2 (19/10/2022)

Coffee (09.30-10.00)

Session 3 (10.00-12.30)
Defining political linguistic authority

Chair: Joseph Lacey (University College Dublin)

Yael Peled (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity): On being able to afford not to learn

Helder De Schutter (Leuven):Just corpus planning

Break (11.30-11.45)

Amandine Catala (Université du Québec à Montréal): Addressing power in the representation of minoritized linguistic interests: The politics of language in a non-ideal world

Linguistic Justice Society annual meeting (12.30-13.30)

Lunch break (13.30-14.30)

Session 4 (14.30-17.45)
Linguistic justice and power

Chair: Sergi Morales-Gálvez

Anna Stilz (Princeton): Anticolonialism and Language Revival

Leigh Oakes (Queen Mary, London): Towards an empirical approach to linguistic authority and legitimacy: The case of pluricentric linguistic justice in Quebec

Break (16.00-16.15)

Xavier Boileau (Université de Montréal): When should we care about authority?

Brian Carey (Durham): Political linguistic authority and parental linguistic authority

Day 3 (20/10/2022)

Coffee (9.00-09.30)
Stream 1

Power over language

Chair: Yael Peled (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)

Miguel Vázquez-Sanchis (Universitat Pompeu Fabra): Legitimacies and authorities in the standardisation of Valencian

Helen Kelly-Holmes (Limerick): Linguistic justice and technology

Coffee Break

Power over language
Chair: Sergi Morales-Gálvez (Limerick) 

Iker Erdocia (Dublin, DCU): Democratic deliberation, language regulation and language policy development

Ariba Hidayet Khan (Kiel): Languages of Jharkhand. A case of social hierarchy, power and authority


Power over language and education

Chair: Steven Byrne (Limerick)

Rhianwen Daniel (Cardiff): The role of language standardization in preventing extinction. Herder’s contemporary relevance

Camile Marvin (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya): Beyond analyses of the ‘micro’: Aranese school actors as creators of language polity
Stream 2

Migration and regionalism
Chair: Robyn Cunneen (Limerick)

Nora Duggan (Stockholm): Deaf migrants and linguistic justice

Shannon Doherty (Ulster): Allochthonous language policy in consociationalist Northern Ireland

Coffee Break

Language and regionalism

Chair: Helder De Schutter (KU Leuven)

Sean Mueller (Lausanne) & Nenad Stojanović (Genève): Centripetal federalism in deeply multilingual states

Fanni Korpics (Danube Institute): The impact of regionalisation on minorities within minorities


Assessing language policies

Chair: Andrew Shorten (Limerick)

Bengt-Arne Wickström (Budapest): Official recognition of minority languages and linguistic justice. A welfare-economics based indicator

Michele Gazzola (Ulster): Assessing linguistic inequalities in the EU communication policy after Brexit
Linguistic Justice Society: This conference will be also hosting the second meeting of the Linguistic Justice Society, a recently created academic society willing to put together and promote academic research on issues of language, politics and ethics. Everybody is invited to participate either online or in-person. If you are willing to participate in-person, just fulfill the previous registration link. If you want to join online, please fill out this form (you will receive the weblink some days before the meeting):

Organizing and Scientific Committee: Sergi Morales-Gálvez and Andrew Shorten. Organized by the Centre for Peace, Development and Social Justice, Department of Politics and Public Administration (University of Limerick) and the Linguistic Justice Society. This project has received funding from Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Limerick, and from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 892537.

For further information please contact [email protected]

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