Luxembourg Studies Colloquium 2021

This year's Luxembourg Studies Colloquium will take place virtually on Friday, 7 May 2021.

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We are pleased to announce that the annual Luxembourg Studies Colloquium will take place virtually on Friday, 7 May 2021 under the theme of The fine line: Exploring language, inclusion and exclusion in Luxembourg. The programme will showcase research by undergraduate and postgraduate students from the University of Sheffield, with invited guest speakers from the Universities of Bangor, Bristol and Luxembourg. 

Keynote speaker will be Dr Cyril Wealer, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Luxembourg, whose research focuses on literacy, cognition and multilingualism in education in Luxembourg.

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Luxembourg Studies Colloquium 2021

The fine line: Exploring language, inclusion and exclusion in Luxembourg

Friday, 7 May 2021, Virtual format via Blackboard Collaborate


(Timings in BST)

10.15 - 10.20 Words of Welcome 

Prof Neil Bermel, SLC Director of Research and Innovation 

Dr Kristine Horner, Director of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies

10.20 - 10.30 Opening of Colloquium

HE Mr Jean Olinger, Luxembourg Ambassador to the Court of St James’s

10.30 - 11.30 Student Presentations in Luxembourg Studies (Chair: Sarah Muller)

Rachael Norman, Jordan Mok and Rowan O’Donnell

Luxembourg during the Second World War

Otto Weaver and Vincent Blackmore

The change in Luxembourg’s economic structure since 1945

Alice Bevan, Alisha Mallya and Connie Rigby

Language, education and migration in Luxembourg

11.30 - 11.45 Short break

11.45 - 12.30 Student Presentations in Luxembourg Studies (Chair: Cian Hurley)

Jamie Wilson

Debates on bilingual French-Luxembourgish crèches in Luxembourg

Megan Strutt

Petition 698 and contemporary debates on the promotion of Luxembourgish

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch Break

13.30 - 14.30 Navigating Language Policies and Practices in Migration Context (Chair: Sarah Muller)

Dr James Hawkey (University of Bristol) and Dr Kristine Horner (University of Sheffield)

Officiality and ambiguity in Andorran and Luxembourgish language policy: Exploring speaker testimonies on language, inclusion and exclusion

Dr Bernardino Tavares and Aleida Vieira (University of Luxembourg)

Disentangling postcolonial encounters in globalisation: a sociolinguistic- ethnographic study of Lusophone migrant workers' positioning in third space

14.30 - 14.45 Short break

14.45 - 15.45 Exploring Metaperspectives on Language and Language Policy (Chair: Verena Platzgummer)

Dr Judit Vari (University of Bangor)

In- and out-group attitudes towards vernacular Moselle Franconian in Luxembourg

Dr Sarah Muller (University of Sheffield)

German medium-of-instruction policies in Luxembourg: a tool for inclusion or exclusion? An exploration of primary school students’ perspectives

15.45 - 16.00 Short break

16.00 - 16.45 Keynote (Chair: Kristine Horner)

Dr Cyril Wealer (University of Luxembourg)

Linguistic diversity and educational inclusion: perspectives on an ongoing challenge in Luxembourg

16.45 - 17.00 Closing of Colloquium

HMA Ms Fleur Thomas, British Ambassador to Luxembourg

Prof Jan Windebank, Head of the School of Languages and Cultures

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