Announcing Call for Proposals – Multilingualism and Language Empowerment: a Response to Inequality

We are pleased to present Multilingualism and Language Empowerment: a Response to Inequality, a Graduate Center Symposium. The event will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016, from 9 am–3 pm at Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center.

Proposals for a 10 or 20 minute presentation are welcome from members of the GC community. Please send an abstract of one page or less:

  1. indicating, at top, the title of your presentation and your preference for a 10 minute (+5 minutes Q/A) OR a 20 minute slot (+10 minutes Q/A);
  2. summarizing your project: its rationale, design, and (potential) outcomes, including the population you are targeting or serving;
  3. explaining how this project contributes to combatting inequality with multilingualism.

Abstracts are due May 20, 2016 and should be sent to Christen Madsen at slal@gc.cuny.edu.

Please send us two copies of your abstract, one without any identifying information, and the second with the name(s) of the presenter(s), your department or program affiliation(s), and contact information for the primary presenter. We will send notification of accepted proposals by June 3, 2016.


Symposium description and information:

Language and language choices play a significant yet often unacknowledged role in fostering inequality.  This is most evident in the spheres of education, the work place and public health, where insufficient services in “minority” languages result in disparities and lack of opportunities for speakers of those languages.

The goal of this symposium is to highlight work at the CUNY Graduate Center that focuses on multilingualism and multilingual approaches as an effective way to combat inequality of access.

Papers and presentations should inform an audience of CUNY students and faculty, educational and community leaders, about the value and relevance of language and literacy projects conducted at the Graduate Center to New York’s multilingual population.

Dissemination of products and research on this topic should create greater awareness of the relationship between the maintenance or acquisition of languages, and increasing equality of opportunity for speakers of minority and underrepresented languages.

Sponsored by:  Advanced Research Collaborative, Center for Advanced Studies in Education, Endangered Languages Initiative, Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Contexts, Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society, Second Language Acquisition Laboratory.

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