Urban space: Communication and languages in the cosmopolis

This talk by Prof Joseph Lo Bianco, (LALE) adviser to the LUCIDE project (Languages in Urban Communities - Integration and Diversity for Europe) will report on some findings of the LUCIDE project, a four-year study of 12 municipal spaces in Europe that have undergone vast changes to their ethnic composition through different kinds of movement. The first movement has been of national borders, which have shifted 'over the top' of some populations. The second is both recruited and undocumented migration; in Europe today this is on an unprecedented scale transforming homogenous towns and cities into multicultural zones. The third kind of mobility is virtual and digital, involving the deep impact of networking and communications technologies allowing connections in real time across national borders, and fostering hybrid and changing identities and communication patterns. It will address the question of the management of multilingualism at the local/municipal level and pose some questions about Melbourne in light of the LUCIDE data and concepts.


Tuesday 22 September, 12.30-1.30pm

Level 2, 234 Queensberry Street
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
The University of Melbourne

Please RSVP to pfirth@unimelb.edu.au