Welcome to the November 2014 e-bulletin of the LUCIDE project
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LUCIDE is a network developing ideas and proposing solutions about how to manage multilingual citizen communities. We are undertaking research, running seminars and workshops and developing guidelines relating to
• Education - language learning and language support
• The public sphere – supporting democratic engagement
• Economic life - the benefits and requirements of multilingualism
• The private sphere - how people behave
• The urban space – appearance and sounds
LUCIDE involves 16 partners from across Europe and also Canada and Australia, as well as many associate partners.
For more information about LUCIDE and the organisations involved, please click to see our website.
On 7-8 March 2014, LUCIDE hosted an international seminar in Madrid. Entitled "Global Cities and Multilingualism" it focused on the implications of our research more globally. It included presentations by our colleagues at the University of Ottawa, whose City Reports on multilingualism in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa provided us with a fascinating insight into the differences between these cities and the European preoccupations evident in the most of the other LUCIDE City Reports.
Representatives from the LUCIDE consortium outside the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
At the same time, local and national partnerships secured by our Spanish partners gave an insight into multilingual issues related to the rapid economic development of Madrid and related immigration in the last twenty years.
Project partners Carmen Alba Pastor, UPM, Spain and Nick Byrne, LSE, London presenting alongside Pablo Hispán of the Comunidad de Madrid education improvement service.
In September, the London School of Economics hosted the final conference of the LUCIDE project. All project partners presented during the two day event, which was attended by nearly 200 delegates from across Europe and beyond.
Prof Joe Lo Bianco presented the main keynote speech on the first day
The conference covered all aspects of our research – from public policy, public services, urban spaces and healthcare, to private enterprise, community organization, and of course education.
Prof Paul Kerswill of York University (here with Dr Lid King), gave a talk on the phonetic signatures of multilingual London communities detectable in the English spoken by young people.
Elke Decruynaere, Vice Mayor of Ghent, addressing the conference
We were joined by representatives from the London Mayor's office and the Deputy Mayor of Ghent as well as several 'city partners' – agencies in our partner cities who have engaged with the LUCIDE project.
Klara Bilić Meštrić, University of Josip Juraj Strossmayer, Osijek, Christine Hélot, University of Strasbourg, and Anne Pauwels, SOAS, London
A group of multilingual students from a London school also gave a presentation.
Follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook to be the first to access video clips from this conference – coming soon!
Anyone interested in multilingualism and the particularities of multilingualism in our cities should read the publications produced by the LUCIDE project. They will be available soon on the LUCIDE website.
6 toolkits for policymakers, professionals and citizens to alert them to key issues and examples of good practice taken from across the LUCIDE partnership:
Languages and Work
Multilingualism in the Health and Social Care Sector
Learning new languages
Bilingual and Multilingual learners
Languages and Public Services
Multilingualism in Urban Spaces
17 City Reports giving an overview of multilingualism in European and also Canadian and Australian cities, looking at the historical context of each city and an overview of the present situation across different areas of life.
FINAL PUBLICATION "Vital Multilingualism - City Stories"
The LUCIDE project will be producing a book, describing and analyzing the present landscape of languages in cities, and suggesting ideas for future policy development. Watch this space! We'll let you know as soon as it is published (2015).
LUCIDE has been a fascinating project – it has clearly shown, through the diverse nature of the cities involved, that there is no single answer to the challenges posed by multilingualism and that cities are benefiting in different ways from multilingualism too. At the same time, some common areas have emerged, and this is evident in questions of public policy (health, social services and employment) as well as commerce and the new frontier of more mobile and connected populations, social media and increasingly interactive public spaces.
A more detailed analysis of the State of the Art will be available here soon.
The LUCIDE project is now entering a new phase of widening participation and interest, through a website hosted by the LSE through to 2016. You will, of course, be invited to be a part of this network.
We also look forward to sharing some of our findings – in digestible, bite-size portions! – with you in the final weeks of the project.
In the meantime, don't forget to follow us on Twitter @urbanlanguages and like us on Facebook – and please spread the word!
Greetings from all of us in the LUCIDE team.