SOAS University of London

Pluriligualism and Pluriculturalism in a Globalised World: which Pedagogy?


Date: 17 June 2010Time: 12:00 AM

Finishes: 19 June 2010Time: All Day

Venue: Maison des Mines et des Ponts et Chaussées, 270 rue St Jacques, 75 005 Paris, France

Type of Event: Conference

A collaboration with the research team "Pluralité des Langues et des Identités en Didactique: Acquisition, Médiations" (PLIDAM) of the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris, France; this International Conference will bring together lecturers and teachers to discuss topics and theoretical disciplinary backgrounds for a plurilingual and pluricultural perspective in education.


Today, Language Learning and Teaching needs to position itself in relation to an internationalised context of knowledge, tools for assessing competences adaptable to a globalised world and in relation to societies in which affiliations are apprehended as diverse.
The impact of globalisation can be seen in political structures (states, national and international institutions), in social structure (urban life, family and individual stories and trajectories) and in dynamic communications (information and social networks). In this multidimensional context, characterized by international mobility, mixed affiliations and social and cultural representations, languages, which have become less and less foreign as well as those which have a more and more hegemonic position, are also perceived as both technological and social instruments.

The conference follows the wide debate launched with the publication, in 2008, of the Précis du plurilinguisme et du luriculturalisme (Handbook of multilingualism and multiculturalism) - Editions des archives contemporaines. The conference seeks to identify the changes and the new theoretical disciplinary dimensions which are emblematic of this new perspective within the field of Language and Culture Pedagogy, by answering the following questions:

  • How can Language and Culture Pedagogy be redefined as Plurilingual and Pluricultural?
  • How can its fields of reference, first limited to the discipline of “Applied Linguistics” in the 20th century, now be widened?

Notions and concepts which have emerged or are gaining acceptance in Europe (Common European Framework, European Portfolios, etc.) shall be analysed and developed through the following:

  • The social actor and the valorisation of his/her strategies in the field of language and culture teaching.
  • The symbolic dimension of languages and cultures in the dynamic construction of identities and how it is taken into account into teaching.
  • The social role played by languages and cultures in different forms of mobility geographic, social, economic – and acknowledgement of experience as a capital and its dimension in language learning.
  • The power struggle between languages and the national, regional and local representations that make up a plurilingual environment, the resultant institutional logic and their impact on learning.
  • The different forms of mediations – institutionalised or unstable – that compensate for conflict situations specific to a heterogeneous educational environment.
  • The changes within these notions as they confront other ideologies, traditions or communicative patterns, as well as their adaptation in other languages.

Download the current programme (which, at the moment, only includes plenary speakers)


The languages for the conference will be French and English.


The conference is taking place at:
La maison des mines et des ponts et chaussées
270 rue St Jacques, 75005 Paris, France

map and transport information

Registration and Fees

The fee is €100 (including meals and refreshments). Please download and complete this form to register for the event.
Your enrollment will be considered once we have received your payment.

If you have any further questions, please e-mail PLIDAM.