PROGRAMME

There will be translation from and to Basque, Spanish and English. There will only be translation from and to French during the session indicated.

DECEMBER 15TH
9:00 – 9:30 Reception
9:30 – 10:00 Official opening
10:00 – 11:00 Conference: Suzanne Romaine. Topic: Linguistic Diversity and Sustainability
Presenter: Jon Sarasua (HUHEZI, Mondragon University)
11:00 - 11:30 COFFEE BREAK
11:30 – 13:30 The Protocol to Ensure Language Rights: where do we come from, what is it, where are we going?
- Carles Torner (Executive Director of PEN International)
- Ewa Chylinski (ECMI – European Centre for Minority Issues)
- Iñigo Urrutia (University of the Basque Country - UPV/EHU)
- Hizkuntz Eskubideen Behatokia, AMESA Pola Normalización Lingüística, Conradh na Gaelgie
Presenter: Paul Bilbao (Secretary General of KONTSEILUA, Council of Social Organizations of the Basque Language)
13:30 – 15:00 LUNCH
15:00 – 16:00 Multilingual Education with a minority language: today’s discourses and practices
- Dialogue: Joaquim Dolz (University of Geneva) and Miquel Strubell (Linguapax International)
Moderator: Xan Aire (Seaska Association of Basque schools)
16:00 – 17:15 Round table: Good Practices in Multilingual Education with a Minority Language
- Siv Björklund (University of Vaasa): Trilingual programmes in Finland
- Jordi Suïls (University of Lleida): Four-languages educational programmes in the valley of Aran
- Itziar Elorza (University of the Basque country - UPV/EHU): Basque experience in multilingual programmes
Moderator: Ane Ortega (Begoñako Andra Mari Teacher Training University College)
17:15 – 18:30 Round table: Young new speakers of minority languages: how to become an "active" speaker
- Joan Pujolar (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
- Enlli M. Thomas (University of Bangor)
- Esti Amorrortu (University of Deusto)
Moderator Belen Uranga (Soziolinguistika Klusterra)
DECEMBER 16TH
9:00 - 10:00 The European Charter of Regional or Minority Languages and European Language Policy
Conference: Vesna Crnic-Grotic (President of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages)
Presenter: Mikel Arregi (Euskarabidea - Basque Language Institute of Navarre)
10:00 – 11:30 Round table: The European Charter under discussion
- Sixto Molina (Executive Secretary of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages)
- Fernando Ramallo (University of Vigo. Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages)
- Robert Dunbar (University of Edinburgh)
- Eduardo Ruiz Vieytez (University of Deusto)
Moderator: Elin H.G. Jones (University of Aberystwyth)
11:30 – 12:00 COFFEE BREAK
12:00 – 13:30 Round table: Towards a European Language Policy
- François Alfonsi (President of the European Free Alliance/EFA party. Former member of the European Parliament)
- Tove H. Malloy (Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues-ECMI)
- Sabrina Rasom (Comun General de Fascia. Vice-President of the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity-NPLD)
- Nils Torvalds (MEP, Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe-ALDE)
Moderator: Xabier Arzoz (University of the Basque Country - UPV/EHU)
Note: This round table will include translation from and to French.
13:30 – 15:00 LUNCH
15:00 – 16:00 The Basque Language Today: achievements and challenges ahead
- Patxi Baztarrika (Vice-minister for Language Policy, Basque Government)
Presenter: Iñaki Etxezarreta (Advisory Council of the Basque Language
16:00 - 17:00 Presentation of the new UNESCO Atlas of World Languages
- Frank La Rue (Assistant Director General, UNESCO’s Comunication and Information Sector)
- Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg (Programme Specialist, UNESCO’s Comunication and Information Sector)
Presenter: Itziar Idiazabal (UNESCO Chair on World Language Heritage of the University of the Basque Country - UPV/EHU)
17:00 - 17:30 Closing