The Regional Languages of France: Challenges and Opportunities in the Twenty-First Century

Les langues régionales de France: défis et opportunités au 21ème siècle

University of Leicester, 25th September 2015


Programme available here


Conference description: An exciting upcoming conference at the University of Leicester will gather experts in the field of French language policies and planning with a particular focus on regional languages.

Conference topic:

The continuing discussions about France’s potential ratification of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages combined with recent developments about national territorial reforms make this a particularly pertinent time to discuss the contemporary position of the French regional languages. An examination of the place and role of regional languages from a political, cultural, sociological and sociolinguistic perspective adds new insight to the public debate. This conference aims to investigate the challenges and opportunities which the different regional languages in France are facing. It will ask how the position of the regional languages has changed since the turn of the twentieth century and consider how this might develop in future decades.

Keynote speaker: Dr Leigh Oakes, Queen Mary University of London

"Rethinking language rights in France: a normative language policy approach"


Organisers: Dr Michelle Harrison and Dr Aurélie Joubert



Location and travel: The conference will take place at Stamford Court Conference Centre in Oadby (n.b. not Stamford House or Stamford Hall), a short distance from Leicester city centre by bus or taxi. It would take approximately 30 minutes to walk to the conference venue from the city centre.

The address of the conference venue is:

Leicester Conferences
Stamford Court
University of Leicester
Manor Road


If you prefer to drive, free parking is available on site from 8.30am, see link for details of the conference centre:

You can also find your way around Leicester with the following interactive map. There are links to travel information at the bottom of the page:



The University offers hotel accommodation at College Court Please note that this is located 15-20 a minute walk away from both the conference venue and the city centre.

If you would like to book accommodation closer to the city centre, here is a list of hotels to consider:



Contact Details

Belmont House Hotel

T: 00 44 (0) 116 254 4773

Premier Inn
(Leicester City Centre)

T: 00 44 (0) 871 527 8596


Holiday Inn Express
(Leicester City)

T: 00 44 (0) 871 423 4896

Ibis Hotel
(Leicester City)

T: 00 44 (0) 116 248 7200

Mercure Hotel
(Leicester City)

T: 00 44 (0) 844 815 9012

Ramada Encore

T: 00 44 (0) 116 366 0150

The Stoneycroft Hote


T: 00 44 (0) 116 270 7605


Other information:

We are happy to organise a dinner on the Thursday and Friday evenings for those who are staying over in Leicester. See the programme on top of the page for information about times and place.

Please send an email to if you would like to join us.


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