Citizenship and Nation: Language Policy Today
Free Public Lecture
How can our nation be both equal and fair, efficient and diverse, administratively and procedurally just while at the same time pluralistic and heterogenous? This question is one of the critical challenges of the 21st century, in which multilingual and multicultural societies have emerged in all parts of the world. It is no exaggeration to say that how we negotiate difference is the central challenge of our age. Language questions are inextricably linked with new challenges for social cohesion and greater risks of social conflict.
This Walter Mangold Lecture will discuss language policy and social multilingualism as the signature challenges of the contemporary world, and will trace the achievements and failures of Australian language planning. A critical notion will be to distinguish between the political nation, where uniformity and equality appear the greatest guarantee of fairness and justice, and the cultural nation, where diversity and pluralism demand recognition in the interests of recognising legitimate difference and claims for self-determination. In sum, this talk will explore participatory citizenship as a new form of citizenship, and language policy as a tool for national renovation.
The Mangold Trust Fund is a Charitable Fund which originates from a bequest made under the wills of the late Anne Marie and Erwin Herzenberg. The fund commemorates the beliefs and achievements of Walter Mangold, the father of Anne Marie Herzenberg. Walter Mangold devoted a good proportion of his life and energies to the teaching of languages, and came to the conclusion that better understanding between peoples, and the lessening of conflict, could be achieved by improving communication between them.
Professor Joseph Lo Bianco, Professor of Language and Literacy Education, Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Professor Joseph Lo Bianco
Professor of Language and Literacy Education, Melbourne Graduate School of Education
The University of Melbourne
Joseph Lo Bianco is Professor of Language and Literacy Education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, at the University of Melbourne, and a past president of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He specialises in language policy studies, bilingualism and intercultural education and research and action on peace and conflict in multiethnic settings. He was author of the 1987 National Policy on Languages, recognised worldwide as the first multilingual policy in an Englishspeaking society. He has been an invited consultant on solving language problems in education and in wider society in 25 countries since 1990 and has led major language education writing teams and research for major international organisations in Europe and Asia, such as LUCIDE, a 12country municipal level study of multilingualism for the European Commission. Between 2012 and 2018 he directed a multicountry project on language policy and social cohesion in conflict affected settings in SE Asia for UNICEF and conducted large scale policy workshops for high level policy officials across Asia, under the auspices of UNESCO.