For and Against Models of Official Multiculturalism and Multilingualism

Aкадемичната | 11.06.2015. 05:30

Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 5–7 May 2016, McGill University

While official multilingualism promotes and protects equal linguistic rights in legislation, often the constitution, for historic and symbolic reasons, official languages do not always enjoy equal status in practice. Unequal cultural and linguistic power relations have been studied by numerous scholars (Bastarache, Brachandall, Cardinal, Casanova, Conrick, Cronin, Lamarre, Meylaerts, to name but a few) in various disciplines (e.g., the law, political science, sociology, translation studies) and are recognized as a major hurdle to achieving true equality.

Proposed themes:

  • Aboriginal and/versus colonial languages
  • Cultural policies and institutions
  • Education
  • Government policies and institutions
  • Language planning and the status of non-official languages
  • Language, information and technology
  • Laws and jurisprudence
  • Translation.

Please send your 300-word proposal in English or French to Jane Koustas at, Gillian Lane-Mercier at and Denise Merkle at by 30 September 2015.

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