The Politics of Language and Integration in Settings of Complex Linguistic Diversity - MIME panel

Dr. Nuria Garcia
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This panel by the MIME project seeks to investigate politics and policies of integration in settings characterized by new patterns of complex linguistic diversity. Over the last decades, different waves of migration and the increased importance of English as language of communication in intercultural and international spheres of commerce and cooperation have led to the emergence new forms of linguistic diversity. The concept of ‘complex diversity’ aims at capturing the fluid and multidimensional nature of these new types of cultural differentiation, and at grasping the interplay of a well-entrenched endogenous patrimony of linguistic diversity, together with the politics this patrimony has entailed, with new layers of exogenous linguistic differentiation.

This complex linguistic diversity is especially salient in officially multilingual countries, regions or cities, which are today becoming host societies for migrants, refugees and different types of mobile population. This panel seeks to analyze the implications of the increased complexity and heterogeneity of individuals’ language repertoires for politics of integration at the local, regional and national level: what are the specific challenges for politics of integration in linguistically complex societies? How may integration policies combine the promotion of historical minority languages with the linguistic integration of migrants? To what extent can integration policies favor the linguistic inclusion of migrants in the mainstream society while simultaneously recognizing their identities? These questions will be addressed through a series of empirical case studies covering a wide range of policy areas and geographical settings.