Exhibition and discussion “Bilingual Communities of the World”

Local people will have an opportunity to learn more about other bilingual communities in the world at an exhibition and discussion which takes place on Wednesday, 2 November 2011 at Studio 1, Galeri, Caernarfon. The event “Bilingual Communities of the World” is being organised by the ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism Theory & Practice, Bangor University, as part of ESRC’s Festival of Social Science. All welcome and admission free.

The exhibition will include first hand reports by speakers of minority languages from around the world concerning linguistic rights, language use in private and public life, and any community campaigns.

The evening will see a panel discussion, chaired by Bethan Jones Parry, with speakers of Basque, Tibetan, Lombard, Galician and Ndebele, in which the audience can ask the panel questions. The discussion will be an opportunity for all to share ideas on how to make the best of our small languages. There will also be a talk by Prof. Margaret Deuchar, Dr Peredur Davies and Marika Fusser on the results of research conducted by the Bilingualism Centre, as well as a quiz on small languages.

Programme of the day:

  • 4-7pm: exhibition
  • 6-7pm: buffet
  • 7-8.30pm: talk and panel discussion

The exhibition will be open to everyone to come and view, but there are limited places for the buffet and discussion. Anyone interested in attending should register by contacting the Centre by 17 October by calling 01248 382559 or e-mailing l.m.thomas@bangor.ac.uk.

Professor Margaret Deuchar, Director of the ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism at Bangor University, who is organising the event, said:

“The exhibition and discussion will provide a unique opportunity to learn more about bilingual communities. We also look forward to share our Research Centre’s latest findings with the audience.”

On the panel are:

o        Chair: Bethan Jones Parry

o        Amaia Munarriz Ibarrola (Basque)

o        Khenchen Lama Rinpoche (Tibetan)

o        Marco Tamburelli (Lombard)

o        Helena Miguélez-Carballeira (Galician)

o        Thando Stammers (Ndebele)

The Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council which runs from 29 October to 5 November 2011. With its events involving some of the country's leading social scientists, the festival celebrates the very best of British Social Science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and looking ahead. This year’s Festival of Social Science has over 130 creative and exciting events aimed at encouraging businesses, charities, government agencies; and schools or college students to discuss, discover and debate topical social science issues. Press releases detailing some of the varied events are available at the Festival website: www.esrcfestival.ac.uk. You can now follow updates from the Festival on twitter using #esrcfestival.

Publication date: 22 September 2011