Conference CALPIU’12

Roskilde, April 1-4, 2012


Keynote Speakers

  1. François Grin, Université de Genève, Switzerland

  2. Andy Kirkpatrick, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

  3. Joan Turner, Goldsmiths College, University of London, Great Britain

Round Table

In addition to the keynote speakers, the conference will feature a round table of invited speakers who will present and discuss various approaches to multilingualism in the international university. The panelists are:

  1. Hanne Leth Andersen, Roskilde University, Denmark (University Vice President, Panel Chair)

  2. François Grin, Université de Genève, Switzerland

  3. Peter Harder, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  4. David C.S. Li, Hong Kong Institute of Education, China

  5. Jan K. Lindström, University of Helsinki, Finland

  6. Jean-Jacques Weber, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Call for Papers

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Booklet and Programme

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CALPIU’12 Presentation Slides

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Higher education across borders: Transcultural interaction and linguistic diversity

CALPIU’12 is funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research, Humanities; John Benjamins Publishing Company and The Taylor and Francis Group

Conference Theme

CALPIU’12 is the second open conference arranged by the CALPIU Research Centre for the Study of Cultural and Linguistic Practices in the International University. The aim of CALPIU’12 is to discuss various aspects of the consequences of transnational student mobility.

Student mobility makes necessary both cultural and linguistic accommodation and learning processes. We are witnessing a huge increase in the learning of languages to be used as lingua francas by academic teachers and students, not least English, ‘the language of globalization’.

However, forces of ‘localization’, too, are manifest at every university trying to adopt internationalization strategies, the tension between the global and the local – uniformity and diversification – creating a multidimensional space for new kinds of cultural and linguistic hybridity to flourish.

There is a new open-mindedness regarding the roles and identities of self and others, leading to new patterns of linguistic/interactive, educational and social practices. We aim to further the theoretical understanding of these processes, those of active and receptive multilingualism as well as language alternation in interaction.