Seminar: Multilingual and Intercultural Education – Theory and practice from Latin America and Norway

This seminar aims to strengthen connections among Norwegian and Latin American scholars of multilingual and intercultural education, and is supported by the Norwegian Latin America Research Network

How to provide quality education in linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms is not a simple task, and remains a concern for educators and scholars around the world. In Norway there is growing interest in multilingual and intercultural education among both scholars and practitioners, while in Latin America these areas have long been prominent in educational research and practice. This seminar aims to strengthen connections among Norwegian and Latin American scholars of multilingual and intercultural education who are working to respond to these concerns.

The seminar participants will address the following questions from different perspectives:

  • What is the historical trajectory of multilingual and/ or intercultural education in your context?
  • What approaches, challenges, and successes characterize the provision of multilingual and/ or intercultural education in your context?
  • How can our work as scholars contribute most effectively to enhancing the quality of education in our changing societies?

The seminar is organized by the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan, with support from the Norwegian Latin America Research Network

Join us! The seminar is free and open to the public; advance registration is encouraged due to limited space: The registration form can be found here.

Presentations will be held in English and Spanish, with interpretation to English. Small discussion groups will be held in English, Spanish or French, depending on participants' preference. 

Program :

Day 1

Thursday 27th September, 2018




Welcome and introduction to the seminar

Elizabeth Lanza, Haley De Korne, and Unn Røyneland,  MultiLing Center, University of Oslo


Languages and Interculturality in Brazil: From the indigenous to the international

Lynn Mario T. Menezes de Souza, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

10:40- 10:50

Break (10 min)

10:50- 11:30

Creole as a living regional language : A discipline to be created in Guadeloupe?

La Langue Vivante Regionale Creole : Une Discipline à construire en Guadeloupe ?

Mirna Bolus, Université des Antilles, Guadelupe

11:30- 11:40

Break (10 min)

11:40- 12:20

Multilingual Education in Mexico: A History of Coloniality and Resistance

Vilma Huerta Cordova, Edwin N. León Jiménez and Mario E. López-Gopar, Autonomous Benito Juárez University of Oaxaca, Mexico

12:30- 13:30

Lunch (1 hour)


Old categories in new times: Reflections on Intercultural Bilingual Education in the Andes

Virginia Zavala Cisneros, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú


Break (10 min)


How to be ‘cloud people’ in this changing world*

Cómo ser gente nube en este mundo cambiante

Victor Cata Vásquez Castillejos, Juchitán, Oaxaca, México


Break (10 min)


Discussions & Summaries (Spanish, English, French groups): Challenges & successes


Walk and talk in Vigelands park (optional)


Day 2

Friday 28th September 2018




The education of indigenous language teachers in the National Pedagogical University, Mexico*

La formación de docentes de lenguas indígenas en la Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, México

María Soledad Pérez López, Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, México



10:30- 11:10

Multilingual education and indigenous citizenship: Perspectives from Sápmi

Åse Mette Johansen, University of Tromsø

11:10- 11:20



Multilingual meetings in the Norwegian classroom – Experiences from multilingual preservice teachers

Ingri Dommersnes Jølbo, Oslo Metropolitan University

12:00- 13:00



Panel discussion:

Multilingualism & interculturalism in teacher education:  Approaches & challenges

Anne Golden (chair) (MultiLing Center, University of Oslo)

Verónica Pájaro (Innland Norway University of Applied Sciences)

Joke Dewilde (Faculty of Education, University of Oslo)

Guro Nore Fløgstad (University of Southeast Norway)

Ingebjørg Tonne (MultiLing Center, University of Oslo)

Guri Bordal Steien (Innland Norway University of Applied Sciences)

14:30- 14:45



Discussions & Summaries (Spanish, English, French groups): Impact & dissemination of scholarship



Lynn Mario Menezes de Souza (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil) (external link)

Mirna Bolus (Université des Antilles, Guadalupe) (external link)

Victor Vásquez Castillejos 'Cata' (Centro para las Artes San Agustín, Oaxaca, México) (external link)

Virginia Zavala Cisneros (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) (external link)

María Soledad Pérez López (Universidad Pedagógica Nacional & Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indígenas, México) (external link)

Mario López Gopar, Vilma Huerta Cordova and Edwin N. León Jiménez (Autonomous Benito Juárez University of Oaxaca, México) (external link)

Åse Mette Johansen (University of Tromsø, Norway) (external link)

Anne Golden (University of Oslo, MultiLing Center)

Ingri Dommersnes Jølbo (Oslo Metropolitan University) (external link)

Guro Nore Fløgstad (University of Southeast Norway) (external link)

Verónica Pájaro (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences) (external link)

Joke Dewilde (University of Oslo, Department of Teacher Education and School Research)

Ingebjørg Tonne (University of Oslo, MultiLing Center)

Published June 29, 2018 3:25 PM - Last modified Sep. 25, 2018 10:24 PM