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14: Linguistic diversity: A resource for individual and communal resilience

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The world is undergoing rapid and dramatic change. Digital communication technologies, vast population movements and the decline of the settled order of nation states raise critical questions about social cohesion, identity, economic interests and human rights. How can we foster more effective communication between people of diverse linguacultural backgrounds to understanding? We will explore the consequences for communication of a world in flux and the place for linguistic resources such as multilingualism and lingua francas.

Professor of Language and Literacy Education, The University of Melbourne
Professor, English and Applied Linguistics, University of Vienna
Professor Emeritus, University of London; Honorary Professor, University of Vienna

Dr. Joseph LO BIANCO

Professor of Language and Literacy Education, The University of Melbourne

 Joseph Lo Bianco is Prof. of Language and Literacy Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. He supervises PhD research projects, teaches courses in language planning and supports international research projects in several countries on language and culture studies, language planning and multiculturalism/intercultural education. Since 2011 he has served as senior research advisor a European Commission project on Languages in Urban Communities-Integration and Diversity for Europe (LUCIDE). He wrote Australia’s National Policy on Languages in 1987, the first multilingual national language policy in an English speaking country.

Mag. Dr. Barbara SEIDLHOFER

Professor, English and Applied Linguistics, University of Vienna

 Barbara Seidlhofer is Professor of English and Applied Linguistics, University of Vienna. Her research and teaching focus on English as a lingua franca, the nature of transcultural communication and sociolinguistics and pragmatics more generally. She is the founding director of the Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English - VOICE and author of Understanding English as a Lingua Franca, Oxford University Press. From 2006-2011 she directed the Vienna team in the EU project DYLAN - Language dynamics and management of diversity. She is past editor of the International Journal of Applied Linguistics and founding editor of the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca.


Professor Emeritus, University of London; Honorary Professor, University of Vienna

 Henry Widdowson is Professor Emeritus, University of London and Honorary Professor, University of Vienna. He previously worked for the British Council in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He was a founding editor of the journal Applied Linguistics and for thirty years acted as applied linguistics adviser to Oxford University Press. He has lectured and written extensively on applied linguistics, discourse analysis and language education and continues to publish in these research areas. His earlier publications include Defining Issues in English Language Teaching 2003, Text, Context, Pretext 2004 and Discourse Analysis, 2007.

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 16:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2018Plenary
16:15 - 16:30The Last Days of Mankind – OpeningPlenary
17:00 - 19:00Presentation of the seminarsPlenary
19:00 - 20:30Bread and WineSocial


Seminar 01: The EU and its eastern and southern neighbours: resilience as a strategic prioritySeminar
Seminar 02: Digital transformation: Opportunities, risks, sustainability and resilienceSeminar
Seminar 03: Gender dynamics in changing societiesSeminar
Seminar 04: Physics meets economics – climate science and policySeminar
Seminar 05: Resilience and development policySeminar
Seminar 06: Precision medicine and its impact on societySeminar
Seminar 07: Minority politics in a comparative perspectiveSeminar
Seminar 08: Artificial intelligence and EthicsSeminar
Seminar 09: Economic shocksSeminar
Seminar 10: The unknown world of microbiomes: from the environment to humansSeminar
Seminar 11: European Security – Moving towards resilience?Seminar
Seminar 12: Urban resilience to environmental challengesSeminar
Seminar 13: Mission to Mars – Education for changeSeminar
Seminar 14: Linguistic diversity: A resource for individual and communal resilienceSeminar
Seminar 15: Ethics in Action: Economics and Sustainable DevelopmentSeminar
Seminar 16: Microbiome diversity vs. microbiological controlSeminar
Seminar 17: Our work in our futureSeminar
Seminar 18: Reproductive RightsSeminar
Seminar 19: Warrior of the Heart – DojoSeminar
Seminar 20: Spoken word poetry: The power of languageSeminar
Seminar 21: Why is it called a play?Seminar
Seminar 22: European Citizenship – Attitudes and Skills for a Democratic Youth CultureSeminar


17:00 - 18:00Online Disinformation: A guest lecture on journalismPlenary


16:00 - 19:00FAN ReceptionSocial
17:00 - 19:00ReceptionSocial