Soillse/FEL Conference 2016

April 26, 2016


Small Language Planning:  Communities in Crisis


University of Glasgow

6th-8th June 2016


Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

François Grin (University of Geneva)

Leena Huss (Uppsala University)

Brian Ó Curnáin (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies)



Building on the success of the Soillse conferences held in 2011 and 2015, this conference aims to provide a forum for minority language researchers, policy makers, practitioners and activists to exchange research findings and experiences in order to stimulate fresh perspectives on minority language revitalisation and to identify new areas for collaboration.  Although not limited to small language planning, the particular focus of this year’s conference lies in issues pertinent to language planning at the meso and micro levels, strategic interventions in support of minority language groups with weaker demographic densities, as well as to minority languages considered ‘stateless’ and/or without state support. Presentations may cover any of these themes:

  • Language Planning at the Micro and Meso Levels
  • Comparative analysis of minority language communities
  • The challenge of prioritisation in small language planning
  • The discursive bias and minority language communities
  • The need for complementary efforts in language planning
  • Sociological theory and minority language sustainability
  • Challenges to minority language diversity and post-modern culture

Organisations working in this field who wish to have a stall at the conference should contact in the first instance.



The conference will be held at the WILT complex at the beautiful University of Glasgow.

More information on how to get to the University of Glasgow can be found here.


The conference will take place June 6-8th 2016.  The conference programme is available here.

Depending on interest, there is the possibility of scheduling a sightseeing trip for June 9th 2016.

The social progamme for the conference is available here.

Civic Reception

Kindly hosted by Glasgow City Council, this will be held in the City Chambers on the evening of June 6th.


We kindly ask all participants to register before 01/05/2016. To register for the conference, please follow these steps:

  1. Please go to this Eventbrite page to pay the registration fee (£125, which includes conference pack, tea/coffee breaks, lunches, and conference dinner followed by a cèilidh)
  2. After you have paid the registration fee, please fill in your details on this Google form.


Information on university accommodation can be found here.

This link is a good list of other accommodation options in Glasgow and in particular, in the West End of the city, which is where the university is located. As a rough guide, hotels and B&Bs in the West End typically are about a twenty minute walk from the university while accommodation in the city centre generally is about a twenty-minute bus ride/ten minute subway ride.  If looking in the West End, post codes G11 and G3 tend to be near the university, but do check on the map.  (As well, some of these listings are far outside the city centre/West End of Glasgow, so be sure to check the location before you book).