On November 6 and 7, Prof. Philippe van Parijs (Catholic University of Louvain / University of Oxford), author of the influent book Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World (Oxford University Press), will be at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam in visit. The Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS) and the EU-funded project Mobility and Inclusion in Multilingual Europe (MIME) have organized two events, one for researchers and experts, one for the general public.

Details of the workshop for researchers and expert:


Details of the public lecture for the general public:


In the framework of the MIME project, we have organized a one-day workshop with the colleagues of the University of Leipzig (Germany) on the topic of Lingua Franca.

This is the programme:

  • 12:00-12:45 Sabine Fiedler: “Lingua franca as a strategy for meeting the multilingual challenge”
  • 12:45-13:30 Cyril Brosch: “On the conceptual history of the term Lingua Franca”
  • lunch break
  • 14:30-15:15 Federico Gobbo: “Linguae francae between communication and identity: theoretical issues”
  • 15:15-16:00 Laszlo Maracz: “The notion of Lingua Franca in the MIME framework”
  • 16:00-17:00 final discussion.

We will meet in Amsterdam. The exact venue is:

University of Amsterdam
P C Hoofthuis
Spuistraat 134

room 7.07 (*)

(*) Note. Take the last elevator in the corridor to reach the seventh floor.

Our University organized a symposium entitled The new beginning? during the International Open Access Week (20-26 October 2014). We think that research ideas should be freely available to the general public, so we foster open access publication in our working paper series A’dam Multing.

We will launch A’dam Multiling series during that week, and some of us will participate in the symposium mentioned. We will be glad to meet you there in person!

The Drongo festival is a well known occasion where too meet projects and associations dealing with various languages in the city of Amsterdam. We want to inform you that two colleagues of ours dealing with multilingualism at the University of Amsterdam will be there with two interesting initiatives.

First, the multilingual lab, lead by Virginie Mamadouh, will explore the multilingual landscape of our city. A survey is there for attendants, translated in many different languages.

Second, a speed course of Esperanto, lead by Federico Gobbo, will be presented at the information desk of Esperanto Nederland. You are all welcome to come and meet people there.