Cultural footprint: Strategies for the promotion of Emerging languages

Events / Thu 07 Feb 2013

Following the presentation in Strasbourg and Brussels, CMC brings now the case for a cultural footprint to Paris.

This conference proposes to discuss the concept of ‘cultural footprint‘ and examines its political implications.

The notion of ‘cultural footprint’ appears as an analogy to ‘ecological footprint’, used since the 1990s to measure the impact of human action on natural resources and on ecosystems’ capacity to regenerate necessary resources for continuity of life. Despite differences between the preservation of biological diversity or biodiversity, and cultural diversity, importing the idea of the “ecological footprint’ to a cultural context also means reasserting the importance of culture (in all its different tangible and intangible senses) to sustainable human development.

In addition, it shall focus on tools to protect and promote cultural and linguistic diversity in Europe. With special attention to strategies to promote emerging and lesser protected languages like Aragonese, Basque, Breton, Catalan, Corsican, Gaelic, Galician, Macedonian, Occitan or Sardinian.

Special importance will be given to editorial strategies to promote the above mentioned languages and how to ensure language revival through literature.

The conference is scheduled as follows:

Conference in Room Buzz. Expolangues 2013 (Paris)

Interpretation: ES | FR

15:45 – Welcome Speeches

  • Gunther Dauwen. Director of the European Free alliance / Secretary General of the Centre Maurits Coppieters. Watch video

16:15 – The case for a cultural footprint


  • Paul Molac. Member of the French National Assembly. Watch video
  • Jordi Baltà. Author of “Approaches to a cultural footprint” report edited by Centre Maurits Coppieters. Watch video

16:45 – Roundtable: Editors specialized in emerging and lesser protected languages


  • Manuel Bragado. President of the Galician Association of Editors; Director of Edicións Xerais de Galicia.
  • Carles Torner. Director of the Literary Programme of the Catalan Culture as a Guest of Honour of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2007; Member of the Association of writers in Catalan Language.
  • Antonia Luciani. Editor of Arritti (bilingual French-Corsican journal).
  • José Ignacio Lopez. Member of the Aragonese Council of Languages. Member of the Council of Aragonese language’s Associations. Member of the Circle of Aragonese Studies.

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The conference is held at Expolangues 2013 (Paris) Salle Buzz

Paris expo – Porte de Versailles – Pavillon 5.2

1 place de la Porte de Versailles

75015 Paris

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This Conference is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the conference nor the opinions of the speakers.

This conference is an initiative of the Centre Maurits Coppieters.