DATE:  Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20, 2012
LOCATION:  Moot Court, Chancellor Day Hall, McGill University

Saturday, May 19th

9-9.30am  Opening Remarks

  • Lara Braitstein, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, McGill University, Co-host of the TGAP Forum
  • Manla Kyi, Co-Chair, TGAP Forum and Associate Director, Tibet Sustainable Governance Program, University of Virginia
  • Dr. Losang Rabgey, Cofounder and Executive Director, Machik
  • Dr. Chris Seiple, President, Institute for Global Engagement
  • Egil Lothe, Director, China Project, Oslo Coalition for the Freedom of Religion or Belief

9.30-10.45am  Session 1.  Keynotes:  Framing the Issues

  • ModeratorDr. Alexander Gardner, Rubin Foundation
  • Thupten Jinpa, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, “Tibetan language within the world’s civilizational heritage”
  • Alain Gagnon, Professor of Political Science, Université du Québec à Montréal, “The politics of language policy in Québec:  Recognition, accommodation and autonomy in complex settings”
  • Tashi Rabgey, Founding Director, Tibet Sustainable Governance Program, Public Intellectuals Program Fellow, National Committee on US-China Relations, “The governance paradigm:  A new framework for the challenge of policy research and advocacy in contemporary Tibet”

10.45-11am Break

11-12.30pm  Session 2.  Models of Official Language Policies and Protection in Comparative Context

  • ModeratorDr. James Doty, Clinical Professor, Stanford University
  • Li Qing, Former Commissioner, Qinghai Provincial Nationalities Affairs Commission, “Implementation of the state minority language policy of bilingual education across the Tibetan region:  Issues and solutions”
  • Eduardo J. Ruiz Vieytez, Senior Lecturer in Constitutional Law, University of Deusto, Bilbao, Basque Country, “A comparative analysis of the protection of minority languages in Europe: Lights and shadows in the case of the Basque language”
  • Lin Ting-Sheng, Professor, Political Science, Université du Québec à Montréal, “Unity and diversity:  From Chiang Kai-shek to Fei Xiaotong and what can be learned from Québec”
  • Discussant:  Charlene Makley, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Reed College

12.30-2pm Lunch

2-3.30pm  Session 3.  Language Protection and the Law in Tibet

  • ModeratorDr. Susan Chen, Luce Teaching Fellow, Gettysburg College
  • Zhu Guobin, Faculty of Law, City University of Hong Kong, “Can you speak Tibetan? (Pseudo) bilingualism and language politics in multinational China”
  • Trowo Gyaltsen, Director, Aba Prefecture Barkham Teacher Training School, Sichuan, “Education in mother tongue as the basis of the civil right to equal access to education”
  • Gonbo Damdrul, SJD Candidate, Temple University, Yushu Prefecture, Qinghai, “Legal practice and bilingual education”
  • Discussant:  Ronald Schwartz, Sociology, Memorial University

3.30-3.45pm Break

3.45-5pm  Session 4.  Language, Economic Development and Domains of Use

  • ModeratorKesang G. Tashi, Social Entrepreneur in Tibet, CEO & Founder of Innerasia/Khawachen, and Crossroads Center
  • Andrew Fischer, Senior Lecturer in Population and Social Policy, International Institute for Social Sciences, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, “Language and the education-employment nexus within the regional economic development of Tibetan areas”
  • Kesang Gyamtso, Professor and Dean, School of Business Administration, Qinghai Normal University, “The impact of instructional language on education to employment market”
  • David Germano, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia, “Rethinking domains of use:  Tibet, Tibetans and digital technologies”
  • DiscussantTsewang Namgyal, Board Member, Tibet Fund

Sunday, May 20th

 9-10.15am  Session 5.  Language, Education and Formations of Identity

  • ModeratorDechen Tsering, Community Development Specialist
  • Zhou Minglang, Associate Director of Chinese, East Asian Studies, University of Maryland, “Language management and harmonious linguistic life in China: Two case studies”
  • Yeshe Woeser Atso, Professor, Linguistics, Nankang University, “Weaker language acquisition and mother tongue education in early childhood”
  • Tsewang Dorje, Associate Professor, Qinghai Normal University, “Language Use in A mDo Tibetan schools:  Policy and reality”
  • Chung Dolma, Education Specialist, Lhasa, TAR, M.Sc. Candidate, University of Wisconsin, “Language, learning and identity: The case of Tibetan students in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR)”
  • Discussant:  Nawang Phuntsok, Associate Professor, Education, California State University, Fullerton

10.15-10.30pm Break

10.30-12pm  Session 6.   Language Policy, Discourse and the Politics of Diversity in the PRC

  • ModeratorMarc Desjardins, Assistant Professor, Concordia University
  • Wanma Lhundrup, Director, Research Institute of Qinghai Provincial Nationalities Affairs, “Challenges and Countermeasures of Educational Development in Nomadic Areas of Qinghai Province”
  • Jamyang Tashi, Associate Director, Aba Prefecture Education Research Institute, Barkham, “Returning to mother-tongue instruction in Tibetan primary and secondary schools in Sichuan:  Path dependence and the breakthrough”
  • Manla Kyi, Forum Co-Chair and Associate Director of Tibet Sustainable Governance Program, “Tibetan language policy:  A discourse analysis”
  • Discussant:  Julie Brittain, Linguistics, Memorial University

Noon - 2pm Lunch

2-3.30pm  Session 7.  Framing the Debate:  Re-imagining Language, Nation and the Horizons of Politics

  • ModeratorEgil Lothe, Oslo Coalition for the Freedom of Religion or Belief
  • Stevan Harrell, Professor, Anthropology, University of Washington, “One knife doesn’t cut it: Problems and possibilities of China’s minzu paradigm
  • Hao Zhidong, University of Macau, “The politics of language in ethnic and national identity formation:  From multiculturalism to regionalism”
  • Tseten Wangchuk, Fellow, Tibet Center, University of Virginia, “State withdrawal from the Tibetan language sphere:  Rethinking the politics of minzu, language and the new assimilationism”
  • DiscussantDr. Anne Thurston, SAIS Johns Hopkins University

3.30-3.45pm Break

 3.45-5pm  Session 8.  Plenary and Next Steps

  • Moderator:  Chris Seiple, President, Institute of Global Engagement
  • Closing remarks by Conveners and Hosts