Thank you for taking part in the ICML XIII , Flensburg – Sønderborg 22-25 June 2011. ICML XIII marked 31 years of ICML, an informal network of scholars of minority languages, organized on voluntary basis by dedicated institutions!
It was the first ICML ever to have a cross-border venue in Germany and in Denmark, and involving three institutional organizers – Department of Border Region Studies , University of Southern Denmark ; European Centre for Minority Issues, Flensburg; Institute for Danish Language and its Didactics, University of Flensburg.
The conference gathered 65 international and 35 regional participants from Germany , Denmark and the German-Danish border region. In 12 thematic sections and 2 plenary sessions over 50 papers were presented covering a range of topics – from why majority parents send their children to minority language schools, the institutional set-up for language revitalization to minority language use in internet and social media (see final programme). Unfortunately, the economic crisis in many European countries prevented larger participation.
The opening and the plenary sessions presented the view on the minorities from the spatial perspective (Prof. Dr Holger Jahnke, University of Flensburg, Germany) , an innovative view of institutional arrangements for minority languages in South Africa (Prof. Dr Marlene Verhoef, North-West University, South Africa ) and a critical view of successes and failures of minority languages and their autonomous institutions (Prof. Dr Fernand de Varennes, School of Law, Murdoch University, Australia).
A special section was devoted to the “Perspectives of Language Diversity in Northern Germany and in the German-Danish Border Region” .