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Language, diffusion and scientific production in the context of globalization

Langue, production et diffusion scientifiques dans la mondialisation

Sprache, Produktion und Verbreitung von Wissenschaft in der Globalisierung

Lingue, produzione e diffusione scientifica nella globalizzazione

Idioma, difusión y producción científicos dentro de la mundialización

Linguagem, produção e difusão dos cientistas na globalização

A question for geographies and geographers

Una cuestión para las geografías y los geógrafos

Eine Fragestellung für Geografien und Geografen

Une question pour les géographies et les géographes

Una questione per geografi e geografie

Uma pergunta para as geografias e os geógrafos

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Published on Monday, March 31, 2014 by Luigia Parlati

Summary

The CNFG (French National Committee for Geographers) in collaboration with IGUorganizes a two-day forum to discuss the relationship between languages, social contexts ofscientific production, and the overtly admitted language of scientific exchange, that is,English. It invites all French-speaking geographers, from different “national” and “linguistic”contexts, but also all geographers and geographies interested in sharing their views andexperience on the diffusion and production of knowledge in the global context.

Announcement

Argument

The CNFG (French National Committee for Geographers) in collaboration with IGU organizes a two-day forum to discuss the relationship between languages, social contexts of scientific production, and the overtly admitted language of scientific exchange, that is, English. It invites all French-speaking geographers, from different “national” and “linguistic” contexts, but also all geographers and geographies interested in sharing their views and experience on the diffusion and production of knowledge in the global context.

Indeed, globalization affects both the production and diffusion of scientific knowledge in all regions of the World, where English has become the de facto lingua franca of science. As it is the case in many countries, French geographers are more than ever under pressure to publish in English, and so are their scientific journals. This is often talked about as a fatality or else, as a necessity, in order to make one’s work known in world geographic circles. But is there something lost in the translation? More importantly, is there something lost in the production of scientific work in the social sciences within a single global language? Those questions go far beyond the simple question of the decline of French as an international language; it raises crucial interrogations such as the normalizing process of “scientific English” in the social sciences, the input of diversity in the global science, the disqualification of “local” case studies, etc.

English has one word to talk about globalization, that is: globalization. French has two: globalisation and mondialisation. What is the meaning of mondialisation, if it does not mean globalization? And what is the significance of not having a word such as “worldization” in English? If the concept of mondialisation can be said to be a by-product of the French context, what can be said of the context (social, national, linguistic) that produces only “one-word, one-concept” to explain the global process? Does globalization become a global concept because it is expressed in the global scientific language? Moreover, if it is now admitted that globalization cannot be understood without the local - hence the concept of “glocalization” -, what is the place and the role of the local in the globalization of knowledge? Those are certainly questions for geographers from different geographic perspectives and practices in different “local” contexts!

PROGRAM

The participation at the forum is free. Lunches and dinners will be reserved according to registrations (lunch: 15 euros; dinner: 25 euros).

Four roundtables will be organized on specific themes relating to the forum, with possible parallel roundtables. Each of them will have the same format: experiences by witnesses, then debates with the public. The goal is to record the related experiences and the debates of each roundtable and publish them in a book accessible to the community of geographers, as well as the political instances at the European and national levels. It will be accessible by Internet.

JULY 3rd

OPENING CONFERENCE

ATELIER 1. Globalization of knowledge: What are the patterns of production and dissemination of knowledge in the global era?

ATELIER 2. Global science and the local: What place for the diversity of the local contexts (societal, national, and linguistic) in the globalized scientific production?

JULY 4th

ATELIER 3. Knowledge dissemination: What are the forms of expression and what are the networks for the geographic scientific community; what are the scientific validation processes at the local and international levels?

ATELIER 4. Academic Formation: What are the connections between the publication of scientific work by geographers and higher education’s programs, particularly the research training of Master and PhD students in geography?

CLOSING CONFERENCE

Contacts :

  • Antoine Le Blanc, CNFG, Vice-President International Relations and IGU : vp.international@cnfg.fr
  • Nathalie Lemarchand, CNFG, Vice-President Events and Communication: vp.manifestations@cnfg.fr

 

Places

  • Paris, France (75)

Date(s)

  • Thursday, July 03, 2014
  • Friday, July 04, 2014

Keywords

  • géographie, francophonie, production des savoirs, mondialisation, langue, forum

Contact(s)

  • Nathalie Lemarchand
    courriel : nlemarchan [at] aol [dot] com
  • Antoine Le Blanc
    courriel : antoine [dot] le-blanc [at] univ-littoral [dot] fr
  • Lucie Daeye
    courriel : forum2014 [at] cnfg [dot] fr

Information source

  • Lucie Daeye
    courriel : forum2014 [at] cnfg [dot] fr

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« Language, diffusion and scientific production in the context of globalization », Miscellaneous information, Calenda, Published on Monday, March 31, 2014, https://calenda.org/280412

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