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11Sep 2019

Call for Papers – IPSA World Congress 2020, Lisbon, Portugal

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Call for Papers – The Politics of Language, RC50

IPSA-AISP 2020 World Congress, Lisbon, Portugal  

The Research Committee on the Politics of Language (RC50) (http://rc50.ipsa.org/) is now inviting paper proposals for the International Political Science Association’s 26th World Congress to be held Lisbon, Portugal from July 25-29, 2020. We are accepting paper proposals on the following themes, or on any other theme relevant to the politics of language:

·      Language and Diaspora Politics

·      Language Policies and Literary Legacies

·      Language Policy and Planning in Global Cities

·      Language Politics Across Borders

·      Language Rights Between Personality and Territory

·      Linguistic Justice: Historical Minorities, Migrants and Refugees

·      State Languages in a Nationalist Era

·      The Politics of ‘Chinese’ Languages

·      The Politics of Defining Language(s) and Measuring Language Proficiency

·      The Rise of the Right and Challenges to Language Policies

We also welcome topic- or region-based panel proposals (between 4 and 6 papers). Note that all-male panels are not permitted by the IPSA.

Interested parties should send a 250-word abstract to rc50ipsa@gmail.com by Friday September 20, 2019.

Authors of accepted paper proposals will receive an email invitation in late September. Upon receipt of this invitation, each author will be responsible for uploading his or her proposal through the IPSA website by Thursday October 10, 2019.

Please send any enquiry about this call for papers to rc50ipsa@gmail.com.

For more information about the World Congress, including registration fees, please visit


The RC50 is looking forward to seeing you in Lisbon in 2020!


Appel à communications – La politique des langues, RC50

Congrès mondial de l’AISP-IPSA 2020, Lisbonne, Portugal

Le comité de recherche sur la politique des langues (RC50) (http://rc50.ipsa.org/) vous invite à soumettre une proposition de communication dans le cadre du 26e Congrès mondial de l’Association internationale de science politique qui se tiendra à Lisbonne, au Portugal, du 25 au 29 juillet 2020. Nous acceptons présentement des proposition en lien avec l’un des thèmes suivants, ou sur tout autre thème qui concerne la politique des langues :

·      La politique de la définition des langues et l’évaluation des compétences linguistiques

·      La politique des langues ‘chinoises’

·      La langue et les relations transfrontières

·      La politique linguistique face à la montée de la droite

·      Les diasporas dans leurs rapports à la langue

·      Les droits linguistiques entre les principes de la personnalité et de la territorialité

·      La justice linguistique: minorités historiques, migrants et réfugiés

·      Les langues d’État dans une ère nationaliste

·      Les politiques linguistiques dans les villes d’envergure mondiales

·      Les politiques linguistiques et le patrimoine littéraire

Nous invitons aussi les propositions de panels sur une base thématique ou régionale (entre 4 à 6 communications). Veuillez noter que l’AISP n’accepte pas les panels composés entièrement de panelistes de sexe masculin.

Prière de faire parvenir votre proposition de communication (max. 250 mots) à rc50ipsa@gmail.com au plus tard le vendredi 20 septembre 2019.

Les auteurs et auteures des propositions retenues seront informés de la décision du RC50 à la fin septembre. Les propositions acceptées devront être soumises par l’auteur ou l’auteure sur le site internet de l’AISP au plus tard le jeudi 10 octobre 2019.

Veuillez adresser toute question à propos de cet appel à communications à rc50ipsa@gmail.com.

Pour plus d’information sur le Congrès mondial, incluant les frais d’inscription, veuillez visiter


Au plaisir de vous accueillir à Lisbonne en 2020!

30Jul 2018

Call for Papers: Joint Conference on Diversity and Democratic Governance (University of Sarajevo, 12–15 June 2019)


Diversity and Democratic Governance:

Legacies of the Past, Present Challenges, and Future Directions?

Conference organised by the RC14 Politics and Ethnicity,

Jointly with RC13 Democratization in Comparative Perspective, RC28 Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance, RC44 Security, Conflict and Democratization, RC50 Politics of Language.

University of Sarajevo, 12–15 June 2019

This conference will bring together a number of IPSA research committees to examine the challenges building democratic state institutions, how legacies of the past inform the present and what impact this has for the future of democratic governance in ethnically diverse societies.

The conference will provide an opportunity to examine the role of local, national, regional, and international actors in the development of democracy, the accommodation of ethnic diversity, and the design of political institutions. We welcome contributions that focus on democratization and institutional design as open-ended processes driven by internal and/or external factors, including ethnicity, gender, class, religion, neoliberal economic development, and geopolitics. Papers that focus on the social, economic and legal legacies of the past and how they affect the future direction of politics in diverse settings are particularly welcome.

Given that the conference will be convened in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, two decades after the violent civil war that followed the break-up of Federal Yugoslavia, we particularly welcome proposals that reflect upon the Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, and Yugoslav legacies of the past, the international peace-building efforts of the present, and the democratic reforms for the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We also welcome proposals that develop case studies or compare issues of peace-building, institutional design, and/or ethnic accommodation evident in other parts of the world.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

· What role do structures of government, particular federal, power-sharing, power-dividing, and other forms of integration and accommodation, play today in confronting the diverse set of legacies of the past in individual countries, regions and/or globally?

· How do the changing cleavages of ethnic and cultural identities challenge perceptions of linear history and practices of governance in contemporary states?

· What are the benchmarks for democratic governance in diverse societies and how can such societies avoid processes of democratic retrenchment, particularly post-conflict?

· What impact does the global rise of populism have on political relations in ethnically diverse and democratizing states? What are the long-term effects of international intervention for liberal peacebuilding after violent conflicts, ethnic or otherwise?

· What is the impact of the legacies of inter-communal conflict on the prospects of political stability in postconflict democratizing states?

We invite proposals for individual paper contributions and/or panels that engage empirically, conceptually and normatively with these issues. We aim to feature the best of contemporary research on democratic transitions and institutional design, including new research by established academics as well as by early career scholars.

The confirmed keynote speaker is Professor Kanchan Chandra, New York University.

Proposals for papers should include contact details of the author(s), title and an abstract of no more than 200 words.

Panel proposals must include:

· A minimum of three papers and a maximum of four

· Contact details for all paper-givers, the discussant and chair

· Panel title and short description of panel (no more than 200 words)

· Individual paper titles and short abstract (no more than 100 words)

The final deadline for the electronic submission of paper and panel proposals is 31 December 2018. Notices of acceptance will be sent out the week of 10 February 2019. Proposals should be submitted online at: https://form.jotformeu.com/tagarin/sarajevo

All participants will be required to register for the conference. IPSA has implemented a new category of membership for citizens from low and lower-middle income countries; the list of eligible countries can be found here: https://www.ipsa.org/membership/individual/global_south_category . Please self-identify at the time of registration.

Early Bird Registration Fees (before 1 May 2019):

Faculty Rate: Non-member 100 €; Member 80 €; Member from Global South 60 €

Student Rate: Non-member 60 €; Member 50 €; Member from Global South 40€

Participants from Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as participants without presentation: 50€

After 1 May 2019, the student rate will be raised by 20 € and by 40 € for the remaining categories. The cost of the conference dinner is 35 € and should be paid at the time of registration.

The organizers will endeavor to provide a select pool of graduate students/early career academics with a bursary to partially cover travel expenses to Sarajevo. Please identify your eligibility and if you wish to be considered for the bursary at the time of your submission. The decision on the pool of recipients will be made in May 2019.

Organizing committee: Timofey Agarin, Queen’s University Belfast, UK; Allison McCulloch, Brandon University, Canada; Damir Kapidzic, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Inquiries can be directed to the organizers at: rc14.ipsa@gmail.com

15Jul 2018




20Sep 2017

Call for Papers – The Politics of Language, RC50 IPSA 2018 World Congress, Brisbane, Australia

The International Political Science Association’s next World Congress will be held in Brisbane (Australia) from 21-26 July 2018. The Call for Proposals is open until 10 October 2017. Proposals relating to the World Congress theme (“Borders and Margins”) or any subject within political science are welcome.

In the recent past, Research Committee 50 on the Politics of Language (http://rc50.ipsa.org) has organized upwards of 12 panels on multiple topics concerning language regimes, linguistic mobilizations, language policies and rights, language ideologies and linguistic justice.

Our Research Committee is inviting those interested in any aspect concerning the relationships between language and politics to submit their abstract (max. 350 words) directly through the IPSA Congress website: https://wc2018.ipsa.org/events/congress/wc2018/submit-paper

*Please note that to be considered for inclusion in an RC50 panel, participants must select RC50 The Politics of Language as their Requested Session during the online submission process.*

For more information about the World Congress and for instructions on abstract submission, please visit: https://wc2018.ipsa.org/events/congress/wc2018/home


Congrès mondial de l’AISP 2018, Brisbane, Australie

L’Association internationale de science politique tiendra son prochain congrès mondial à Brisbane, en Australie, du 21 au 26 juillet 2018. L’appel à communications est maintenant ouvert, et ce, jusqu’au 10 octobre 2017. Les propositions sur le thème du congrès (« Frontières et marges ») ou sur tous les sujets de la science politique sont les bienvenues.

Par le passé, le comité de recherche 50 sur les politiques des langues (http://rc50.ipsa.org/) a tenu une douzaine de sessions lors du congrès mondial sur une multitude de thèmes concernant les rapports entre langue et politique. Parmi ces thèmes figurent, entre autres, les régimes linguistiques, les mobilisations linguistiques, les politiques et les droits linguistiques, les idéologies linguistiques et la justice linguistique.

Le comité de recherche 50 invite par la présente tous ceux et celles qui s’intéressent aux rapports entre langue et politique à soumettre leur proposition (350 mots max.) directement sur le site de l’AISP : https://wc2018.ipsa.org/fr/events/congress/wc2018/soumettre-une-communication

*Afin que la proposition puisse être retenue par notre comité de recherche, les participants doivent sélectionner RC50 La politique des langues comme séance demandée (requested session) lors de la soumission en ligne*

Pour plus d’information sur le Congrès mondial et son thème, veuillez consulter le


21Mar 2017

The Politics of Multilingualism: Possibilities and Challenges



02Dec 2016

In Memoriam: Dr. Jean Laponce

Thursday December 1st 2016 / Le jeudi 1er décembre 2016

RC50 The Politics of Language / La politique des langues

It is with great sadness that we learned earlier this week of the passing of Dr. Jean Laponce, Emeritus Professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Laponce was behind the creation of our research committee (RC50) at the International Political Science Association, and in many ways was the doyen of the study of language and politics. His scholarship, including Languages and their Territories (1987) and Loi de Babel et autres régularités des rapports entre langue et politique (2006), helped shape our debates and greatly impacted the trajectory of our field of study. Our thoughts are with Dr. Laponce’s family and friends.

C’est avec une profonde tristesse et une grande émotion que nous avons appris le décès, le 28 novembre dernier, de Jean Laponce. Politologue de formation, Jean Laponce a fait carrière à l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique, au Canada. Il fut responsable de la création de notre comité de recherche (le RC50) au sein de l’Association internationale de science politique, mais plus important encore, il était un des doyens de l’étude des rapports entre langue et politique au sein de notre réseau. Ses travaux de recherche, dont notamment Langue et territoire (1984) et Loi de Babel et autres régularités des rapports entre langue et politique (2006), ont contribué à forger les contours de notre champ d’étude en plus de marquer son évolution de son apport à l’étude des politiques linguistiques. Nous sommes de tout cœur avec sa famille et ses proches.

Rémi Léger

RC50 Chair / Responsable du RC50

20Oct 2016

[Call for Papers] The Politics of Multilingualism: Possibilities and Challenges

On 22-24 May 2017, the Amsterdam School for Transnational, Regional and European Studies of the Faculty of Humanities of the Universiteit van Amsterdam will host an international conference organized by ARTES (artes.uva.nl), ISPA’s RC50 (rc50.ipsa.org) and MIME (mime-project.org ).  

In recent years, global trends in migration, trade and overall mobility have continued to transform our objective realities and subjective experiences of linguistic diversity. More broadly, in many countries, the politics of multilingualism have raised new possibilities for collaboration and action as well as challenges to social solidarity and democratic life. In response, scholars in the broad field of language policy and planning have studied language policy choices, linguistic vitality and language revitalization, curriculum development and pedagogies, governing mechanisms and policy instruments, and explored the conditions for linguistic justice in complex societies.

This conference will provide an opportunity to examine and better understand these various possibilities and challenges associated with the contemporary politics of multilingualism. Proposals for individual papers or for panels are invited. We welcome case studies and comparisons, as well as papers adopting a theoretical or normative perspective. Established academics and early-career scholars are invited to submit proposals. 

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Linda Cardinal (University of Ottawa, Canada). Dr. Cardinal is Professor in the School of Political Studies and holder of the Chaire de recherche sur la francophonie canadienne et les politiques publiques at the University of Ottawa. She is one of Canada’s leading experts on language and politics, and her recent comparative work has focused on language regimes and state traditions. Dr. Cardinal is past president of IPSA’s RC50. 

Proposals for papers should include full contact details (email address, mailing address, and affiliation) of the author(s) and an abstract of up to 250 words.  

Panel proposals must include: 
• A minimum of three papers and a maximum of four; • Panel title and individual paper titles • Short description of panel (up to 250 words) • Contact details of chair, paper-givers and discussant 

The final deadline for electronic submission of proposals is 20 January 2017. Notices of acceptance will be sent out no later than 15 February 2017.

Proposals should be submitted to: l.k.maracz@uva.nl. 

Conference registration will cost 50€ for all participants (paper-givers, discussants, chairs and attendees).  

Looking forward to seeing you in Amsterdam. 

The organizers,   

Dr. Rémi LÉGER (Simon Fraser University, rleger@sfu.ca)

Dr. László MARÁCZ (University of Amsterdam, l.k.maracz@uva.nl)

Dr. Christian NOACK (University of Amsterdam, c.a.noack@uva.nl)

18Jul 2016

Call for papers: Multilingualism and Social Inclusion (Open Access)

The Open Access journal "Social Inclusion" is seeking contributions for
a special issue on Multilingualism and Social Inclusion. Please find the
call for papers from our RC50 colleague László Marácz below.

La revue à accès libre /Social Inclusion/ est présentement à la
recherche d'articles pour un numéro spécial sur le multilinguisme et
l'inclusion sociale. Vous trouverez ci-dessous l'appel à contribution
(en anglais) de notre collègue du RC50, László Marácz

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10Jul 2015

Call for Papers IPSA Istanbul 2016 - Appel de Communications AISP Istanbul 2016

Call for Papers – The Politics of Language, RC50

IPSA-AISP 2016 World Congress, Istanbul, Turkey  

The Research Committee on the Politics of Language (RC50) (http://rc50.ipsa.org/) is now inviting paper proposals for the International Political Science Association’s 24rd World Congress (Istanbul, Turkey, July 23-28, 2016) on the following themes:

  • Language Regimes and Citizenship Regimes: Bridging the Gap
  • Justice for Linguistic Minorities: Theories and Practices
  • Language and Party Politics
  • Language and Political Science
  • The Commodification of Language
  • The Politics of English Language Education
  • Linguistic Justice from the Ground Up
  • Language Politics in Africa
  • Linguistic Diversity and Economic Development
  • Language Regimes: Case Studies and Theoretical Understandings
  • Language Revitalisation and State Transformation
  • Social Mobility, In-Migration and Minority Languages Communities
  • Politics of Official Language Policies
  • The Politics of Language and Regional Integration in Comparative Perspective
  • Language Politics in Turkey

For more information on the thematic topics, see panel descriptions on the RC50 website at http://rc50.ipsa.org/

Interested parties should send a 250-word abstract to Selma K. Sonntag (Selma.Sonntag@humboldt.edu) and Jean-François Dupré (rc50ipsa@gmail.com) by September 11, 2015.

Authors of accepted paper proposals will receive an email invitation in early October, 2015.  Upon receipt of this invitation, each presenter will be responsible for uploading his or her proposal through the IPSA website.

For more information about the World Congress, including registration costs, please visit


To download this call for papers: IPSA_Istanbul_2016_CFP_AISP_Istanbul_2016_AdC.pdf

To download and view panel descriptions: IPSA2016_Panel_Descriptions_Website.pdf


Appel de communications – La politique des langues, RC50

Congrès mondial de l’AISP-IPSA 2016, Istanbul, Turquie

Le comité de recherche sur la politique des langues (RC50) (http://rc50.ipsa.org/) vous invite à soumettre une proposition de communication dans le cadre du 24e Congrès mondial de l’Association internationale de science politique (Istanbul, Turquie, 23-28 juillet 2016) en lien avec l’un des thèmes suivants :

  • Les régimes linguistiques et les régimes de citoyenneté : étudier les rapports
  • La justice pour les minorités linguistiques: entre la théorie et les pratiques
  • Les partis politiques et les questions linguistiques
  • L’étude des langues en science politique
  • La marchandisation de la langue
  • La politique de l’enseignement de l’anglais
  • La justice linguistique par le bas 
  • La politique de la langue en Afrique
  • La diversité linguistique et le développement économique
  • Les régimes linguistiques: études de cas et innovations théoriques
  • La revitalisation linguistique et les transformations étatiques
  • La mobilité sociale, la migration et les langues minoritaires
  • La politique des politiques de langues officielles
  • La politique des langues et de l’intégration régionale en perspective comparée
  • La politique des langues en Turquie

Pour plus de détails en rapport à ces thèmes, veuillez vous référer à la description des panels dans le site internet du RC 50 (http://rc50.ipsa.org/)

Prière de faire parvenir votre proposition de communication (max. 250 mots) à Selma K. Sonntag (Selma.Sonntag@humboldt.edu) et à Jean-François Dupré (rc50ipsa@gmail.com) au plus tard le 11 septembre 2015.

Les auteurs et auteures des propositions retenues seront informés en début octobre 2015. Les propositions acceptées devront être soumises par l’auteur ou l’auteure sur le site internet de l’AISP.

Pour plus d’information sur le Congrès mondial, incluant les frais d’inscription, veuillez visiter


Pour télécharger l'appel de communications: IPSA_Istanbul_2016_CFP_AISP_Istanbul_2016_AdC.pdf

Pour télécharger et consulter les descriptions des panels: IPSA2016_Panel_Descriptions_Website.pdf

07Nov 2014

State Traditions and Language Regimes

"State Traditions and Language Regimes" (McGill-Queen’s University Press), edited by our previous and current RC50 Chairs Linda Cardinal and Selma K. Sonntag, will be coming out in the Spring of 2015. We invite you to download the flyer below for more information on this captivating collection of essays by RC50 members!

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05Nov 2014

About the RC50 / À propos du RC50


The purpose of the committee is to study the politics of language; more specifically to study: (a) the relations of power that inflect the choice and use of language(s) in international, national, regional, and local polities, societies and communities;

(b) the origins, structures, implementation, effects and consequences of language regimes;

(c) the politics of linguistic minorities, including goals, strategies, motivations and mobilization;


(d) using the normative and empirical tools of analysis in political science;

(e) developing mid-level theories regarding language and democracy, citizenship, globalization and other critical issues.

(Granted research committee status in 2000; committee created in January 2001 by Jean Laponce.)


Le comité de recherche a pour but d’étudier la politique des langues, plus particulièrement :

(a) les relations de pouvoir qui influencent le choix et l’utilisation d’une langue sur les plans international, national, régional et local, ainsi que dans des entités politiques, des sociétés et des communautés;

(b) les fondements, les structures, la mise en œuvre, les effets et les conséquences des régimes linguistiques;

(c) l’action politique des minorités linguistiques, incluant leurs buts, stratégies, motivations et mobilisations;


(d) l’application des outils normatifs et empiriques de la science politique;

(e) le développement de méso-théories sur la langue et la démocratie, la citoyenneté, la mondialisation et d’autres enjeux clés.

(Statut de réseau de chercheurs obtenu en 2000; le réseau a été créé en janvier 2001 par Jean Laponce.)