The keynote speech for our September 29 symposium will be given in the evening by Professor Patrick Stevenson of the University of Southampton.
Working at Southampton since 1979, Prof. Stevenson teaches German and Linguistic Studies. His interests are in German sociolinguistics, language ideologies, the politics of language, multilingualism and language biographies. He has been involved in projects regarding language interaction, discourse and policy in the European Union (from a German perspective in particular). In 2009, he was awarded the Jacob-und Wilhelm-Grimm-Preis 2009 for his outstanding contributions to the international promotion of German.
He has published extensively on the topic of multilingual societies: his latest book is Language and Migration in a Multilingual Metropolis: Berlin Lives (2017), published by Palgrave as part of the Language and Globalization series. The book looks at Berlin’s multicultural environment, taking as a case study an apartment building in the highly diverse district of Neukölln, and focusing on how people use their experiences with multiple languages to shape their life stories.
We look forward to welcoming Professor Stevenson to Galway. We are also happy to announce that his lecture will also serve as the annual Ó Briain Lecture.
The lecture marks the career of the Irish scholar and academic Máirtín Ó Briain. Máirtín Ó Briain was a renowned scholar of Irish language and literature, an internationally acknowledged expert on the Fiannaíocht tradition of Ireland and Scotland, a member of The Irish Manuscripts Commission, and of the Irish Folklore Society. Máirtín was held in the highest regard by his colleagues but especially by his students, many of whom went on to pursue careers in the field of Celtic Studies.
The lecture is organized annually by the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at NUI Galway and deals with topics that are of interest to the members of the School.