10 & 11 September 2014
Cities enable the collaboration that makes humanity shine most brightly
The cosmopolitan city has become a symbol of our age. For some it can seem disturbing, even threatening. For others it is exciting, culturally rich and endlessly inventive.
For the past two and a half years the LUCIDE network has been investigating the realities of these cities and their likely future development. Unusually we have done this with a focus on language and multilingualism - issues which are often invisible to other researchers in this field.
At this international conference, LUCIDE shared the outcomes of the project and looked at the future of multilingualism. What is the impact of multilingualism in the city and what are the implications for education, the economy, civil society, urban planning? How are cities changing in response to unprecedented movements of the population? What is happening to language, to culture and to identities?
Key note speakers included Joe Lo Bianco from the University of Melbourne, Richard Clement from the Official Languages and Bilingual Institute of Canada, Itesh Sachdev from SOAS, and Suzi Hall from the London School of Economics & Political Sciences.
For details and photos, read the conference report here (PDF, 4.6MB)
Greetings from the LUCIDE Team!