Third International Seminar of the




Multilingualism : Hierarchies, Inequalities, Marginalization

Structures, Issues, Policies 



23-24th January 2020

National Institute Of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO)

Paris, France





Languages have been recognized as being of central importance for people and for the planet, because of their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education, development and ecology. Given the vital role of languages, UNESCO has committed itself to multilingualism and linguistic diversity, especially to the issues of marginalized and endangered languages. The latter issue has been the focus of the International Year of Indigenous Languages declared by UNESCO in 2019.


Multilingualism as an area of research has addressed the question of language hierarchies and conflict, and how language planning may be brought to bear on the consequent issues of inequalities of access to services, education, information, knowledge and opportunity, and the related question of linguistic rights. The information and communication technologies revolution of recent decades has shifted to the digital plane these different concerns.  


The seven research axes of the UNESCO Chair on Language Policies for Multilingualism - Internationalization, Intercultural mediation, Language education, Translation and Accessibility, Economy and Linguistic Rights, Information and Communication Technologies, Borders and Diasporas - address all of the above dimensions, with a contemporary vision of languages as resources rather than as problems.


This conference is placed under the double patronage of the:

• UNESCO Chair on Language Policies for Multilingualism (UCLPM), based at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC, Brazil), on the initiative of Prof. Gilvan Müller de Oliveira, which brings together a network of 24 institutions of higher education and research institutes around the world, in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America


• National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (Inalco), with the mission of teaching languages and civilizations (more than 100 as of today), and carrying out research on the languages and populations of Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Oceania and America, through disciplines such as linguistics, geography, history, anthropology, political, economic and social sciences.

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