Language Education Policy and Identities Inclusion: Cultivating Distinctiveness
Refugees in Schools - March 15-17, 2017 - Gorden Events Center, Madison, Wisconsin
In this period of heightened security and xenophobic attitudes, the Conference focuses on the crisis of displaced children, especially refugees from Middle East wars as well as more broadly migrant students in schools of demographically shifting western societies. Besides keynotes, roundtables are organized to discuss experiences, cultures and ways of life, cultivate the distinctiveness rather than foster the hate and ‘othering’.
The conference focuses on language education policy and the crisis of refugee or migrant children in the schools of the heightened security environment of Western nations. The focus is on cultures and ways of life that often are misrepresented, and also on languages and repositories of knowledge as affected by the expected linguistic assimilation through schooling. This process produces negotiation difficulties tied to identities, which displaced children and youth must negotiate. With the main focus on the role of teachers, teacher education vs. media representation and fear factors like Islamophobia, we address the reality for the very young up to university students who are faced with often-hostile conditions. By bringing together scholars of relevant areas to discuss these issues in an open, productive, and calm manner, we hope to explore methodological as well as conceptual issues, review the extensive work that has already documented post-9/11 experiences and ways out of the conundrum.