Monday, May 22, 2017

Language & Development Conference 2017, Dakar

The 12th bienniel Language and Development Conference (LDC) will be held in Dakar, Senegal, on 27-29 November 2017. The call for participation (CFP) deadline has been extended to 31 May (apologies as I'm just catching up on this). Two of the previous LDCs have been held in Africa - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2005) and Cape Town, South Africa (2013) - but this is the first in West Africa or a Francophone country.

The theme of this edition of the conference is: Language and the Sustainable Development Goals.

From the concept note for the conference (emphasis in original):
"Sustainable development is increasingly viewed not only from an economic perspective, but also from social and environmental perspectives. All three dimensions are important to ensure that human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality. As language and communication are crucial to how societies grow, work together and become more inclusive, the conference will seek to explore the role of language in a range of interlinking aspects of development. It will do this by focussing on three of the goals:
  • SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
  • SDG 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • SDG 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies"
"The conference programme will also take into consideration other cross cutting goals, notably SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and SDG 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries."

The conference has 3 sub-themes:
  • Multilingualism for Quality, Equitable and Inclusive Education
  • Language, Skills and Sustainable Economic Growth
  • Communication, Peace and Justice
 For additional information, see the website of the LDC series, and a posting on this blog about the 2015 LDC.

Conférence sur la langue et le développement 2017

Voir ici pour des informations en français sur cette conférénce, qui sera tenue à Dakar du 27 au 29 novembre 2017. Elle à comme thème : "La langue et les objectifs de développement durable." La date limite des soumissions est le 31 mai.

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