We are researchers working across the world in the field of Minority Language Media.
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Background and Rationale:
The International Association for Minority Language Media Research (IAMLMR) was created in Edinburgh in October 2019 during the Minority Language Media conference Crowded Out or Limitless Horizons co-organised by the Etxepare Basque Institute and the University of Edinburgh.
Since the early days of minority language media research (see Jones and Uribe-Jongbloed (eds, 2013) for a more detailed account), there has been a strong Eurocentric or Western focus in both conceptual and contextual studies. As well as the overall Westernization factors that affect all academic disciplines – that we recognise – we identify three other specific reasons for this:
- the number of researchers that based at European universities and other research institutes in Europe, their contribution to the development of the field and their networked approach to the subject areas, often supported by European Union funding (such as the Mercator Network);
- the nature of the undertaken in minority language media research, which has had a strong focus on applied research (as opposed to highly theoretical approaches) including engaged research, which is often rooted in the linguistic communities that are being researched and closely connected to players within them, as well as wanting to make a positive contribution to their development.
- although the field has grown in Europe, it is still a marginalised discipline and cannot command high levels of funding that are required for more intense international exchange including global travel to attend conferences, exchange projects, comparative fieldwork etc.
This however is not to discountenance efforts being made in Africa, (South) America and Asia. Extended research essays, dissertations and theses have been written on the subject. In Africa, the first co-ordinated effort was Indigenous Language Media in Africa (Salawu, 2006). It took another ten years before the second edited volume, Indigenous Language Media, Language Politics and Democracy in Africa edited by Abiodun Salawu and Monica Chibita was published. The latest is Salawu, A. [Ed.] 2019. African Language Digital Media and Communication.
The researchers present at the Edinburgh Etxepare conference took the collective decision to set up the International Association for Minority Language Media Research (IAMLMR) as positive action to connect researchers of minority language media in all parts of the world because:
- researchers in several parts of the world have been producing important studies and critical reflections that should be circulated beyond their countries, states and world regions;
- the focus in the field of Minority Language Media Research on applied and engaged research can be enriched through increasing the connectedness of our researchers and, in turn, our communities;
- factors such as migration, diaspora communities and global mobility require us to take resolute action to deepen our collaboration with each other, in order to understand our own contexts in more meaningful ways;
- global challenges such as climate change, access to education, unequal distribution of economic resources, low levels of literacy, inequalities and other adverse conditions are threatening our current linguistic diversity. Access to media – and access to research of the media – are important aspects of analysing and finding solutions to these challenges.
- the sharing and transfer of best practice, research and studies (conceptual and contextual) should happen within relationships of mutual respect and curiosity between researchers in all parts of the world.
The International Association for Minority Language Media Research’s definition of media includes all media, including social media, non-professional (volunteer or user-generated) media, factual and journalism, audiovisual fiction, digitisation etc, across all platforms and in all parts of the world.
The International Association for Minority Language Media Research’s definition of language includes all language communities who self-define as minority, minoritized or non-hegemonic, including those who self-define as indigenous. It is not confined to written or to spoken languages, and oral/non-written languages, as well as signed/non-spoken languages are included.
The Conference organised by IAMLMR held at Europa Universität in Flensburg was held from March 31st to April 1st 2022. Video coverage and more information to follow.
Our first IAMLMR PhD forum was held on 27th January 2022 at 12pm CET (11am GMT) on Zoom. Three presenters were:
- Libe Mimenza Castillo (University of the Basque Country) Basque media outlets and their digital audience measurement,
- Nureni Aremu Bakenne (North-West University, Mafikeng Campus) Examining the impact of BBC News Yoruba on the Revitalisation of the Yoruba Language of South-West Nigeria.
- Catrin Llwyd (University of Wales Trinity Saint David) Digital media as a factor in the linguistic practices of Welsh-speaking 16-25 year olds.
Wednesday 3rd November at 15h CET ECMI Online Talk / Minority languages and media landscapes in Africa, Europe and Latin America: Between global and regional dynamics, hosted by Sergiusz Bober and panellists Abiodun Salawu, Claudia Soria and Enrique Uribe-Jongbloed. : https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2116349101871/WN_y4drkXK4TkSeWhWHyBRKEA.
Wednesday 22nd September 2021 at 16h CEST - an IAMLMR meeting was held to welcome new members and discuss the programme of activities for the academic year 2021-2022.
Friday 27th August 2021 - IAMLMR and ECMI co-organized a module on the digitalization and minority / indigenous language media during the 11th Annual ECMI Summer School on National Minorities in Border Regions – National Minorities and the New Digital Paradigm.
The module consisted of an online lecture “Media Landscapes and Minority Languages: How Media Can Make or Break Linguistic Vitality” by Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones, a lecture/workshop “The Debate around the ‘Indigenous’ for Indigenous Language Media and the Limits of a Cybertarian Utopia” by Enrique Uribe-Jongbloed and a showcase by Hauke Heyen on his work on social media use in North Frisian.
Wednesday 24th May 2021 - 10am EST Book launch and discussion on the aims and challenges of curating landmark publications in the field of MLM to mark the publication of 'Documentary in Wales' (edited by Dafydd Sills-Jones and Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones) as part of Peter Lang's series Documentary Film Cultures.
Wednesday 24th – Friday 26th March 2021 – we will be presenting at the XVIII International Conference on Minority Languages which will be held online.
Wednesday 24th February 2021 (16:00-18:00 CET) – Workshop on indigenous MLM and indigeneity. Via Zoom.
Thursday 28th January 2021 (16:00-18:00 CET) – Workshop on the Findings of the Covid-19 Minority Language Media blog series via Zoom.
Working Group Members:
We meet regularly as a working group to develop the association and to plan events and activities. Contact: Professor Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones firstname.lastname@example.org or Craig Willis email@example.com if you would like further details on how to join.
- Prof. Josu Amezaga — University of the Basque Country
- Dr Edorta Arana — University of the Basque Country
- Bakenne Nureni Aremu — North-West University, South Africa
- Nici Beech — University of Wales Trinity Saint David (PhD candidate)
- Dr Sergiusz Bober — European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI)
- Israel Fadipe — North-West University, South Africa
- Hauke Heyen — Europa Universität Flensburg
- Prof. Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones — University of Wales Trinity Saint David
- Catrin Llwyd — University of Wales Trinity Saint David (PhD candidate)
- Dr Miren Manias-Muñoz — University of the Basque Country
- Dr Tshepang B. Molale — North-West University, South Africa
- Marc Röggla — MIDAS / Eurac Research, Bolzano
- Prof. Abiodun Salawu — North-West University, South Africa
- Dr Dafydd Sills-Jones — Auckland University of Technology
- Dr Jenny Stenberg-Sirén — University of Helsinki
- Dr Enrique Uribe Jongbloed — Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá
- Dr John Walsh — National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway
- Craig Willis — European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) / Europa Universität Flensburg (PhD Candidate)