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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Wirtschaftswissen­schaftliche Fakultät | Symposium “Economics, Linguistic Justice and Language Policy”

Symposium “Economics, Linguistic Justice and Language Policy”

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, School of Business and Economics

Berlin, Germany, 2-3 March 2015
The range of problems raised by diversity of languages in international economic and political integration processes calls upon innovative, efficient and fair language policies to manage multilingualism. Language policies are increasingly acknowledged as being a necessary component of many decisions taken in the areas of labour mobility, access to knowledge and higher education, social inclusion of migrants, and they can affect companies’ international competitiveness and the democratic control of international organisations.
The symposium "Economics, Linguistic Justice and Language Policy" aims at bringing together economists, philosophers, applied linguists and sociolinguists, policy makers, legal scholars, and social scientists in general. The purpose is to discuss, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the socio-economic effects of language policies, the impact of language dynamics and language planning on justice and inequality at the national or international level, as well as the connection between democracy, decision-making and linguistic diversity. 
Prospective participants are invited to submit an abstract on one of the following or related topics:
1. Theoretical models of linguistic justice and linguistic democracy (e.g. minority languages, immigrants, supranational integration, higher education).
2. Assessment of the socio-economic consequences of linguistic diversity, language policies and dynamics.
3. Evaluation of the costs, benefits and the fairness of language policies.
4. Languages, linguistic rights and power.
5. Multilingualism and economic activities.
Keynote speakers
Jean-Claude Barbier (Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris, France): The Myth of English Language Competence in Europe and some of its Consequences
David Robichaud (Department of Philosophy, University of Ottawa/Université d’Ottawa, Canada): Linguistic Freedom Without Linguistic Free-Riding


REAL - Research group on economics and language

Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät / Wirtschaftspädagogik

& Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin:


  • Bengt-Arne Wickström
  • Michele Gazzola
  • Torsten Templin
Date and Venue

2-3 March 2015

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, School of Business and Economics,

Spandauer Straße 1

10178, Berlin, Germany

Fees and payment methods
The participation fee is €150. It includes three coffee breaks, and the lunch and the social dinner on Monday 2nd March.
The participation fee for students of the Humboldt University in Berlin is €45,-.
It is possible to pay either by bank transfer or by Paypal.
Working languages
English is the main working language of the symposium. Speakers can present also in French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Esperanto, but in this case slides in English must be provided.
With the support of