“Development must be regarded as synonymous with enhancing human rights and welfare, so that self-esteem, self-respect and improving entitlements become central concerns.”
—Desai & Potter (2008)

2015 Language & Development Conference


2015 Language & Development Conference
Check this page over the coming weeks for news about the 11th international conference on Multilingualism and Development which took place in New Delhi in November 2015.


The 11th international conference in the Language and Development series was held from 18-20 November 2015, at the Hotel The Lalit, New Delhi, India, hosted by British Council India and partners. The conference provided a platform for policy makers, researchers and professionals working in the areas of development and language to explore a range of issues around Multilingualism and Development, the main theme of the conference.

The distinguished speakers included:

  • Prof Ajit Mohanty (Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India) - Multilingualism, education, English and development: whose development?
  • Prof Birgit Brock-Utne (Professor of Education, University of Oslo, Norway) - Multilingualism in Africa: marginalisation and empowerment
  • Dr James Simpson (Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of Leeds, UK) - Translanguaging in the contact zone: language use in superdiverse urban areas
  • Osama Manzar (Founder Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation, India) - Digital media and the internet: threats or opportunities for local languages, culture and knowledge?
  • Dr Rukmini Banerji (CEO, Pratham Education Foundation, India) - Language and learning: the challenges of primary education in India
  • Prof Srikant Sarangi (Professor in Humanities & Medicine, Aalborg University, Denmark) - Mind the gap: ‘communicative vulnerability’ and the mediation of linguistic/cultural diversity in healthcare delivery


With a total of 93 presenters from 28 different countries, the conference was an exciting event. Go to the conference website to find out about the program.