In Finland, all residents have legal rights to welfare services, including social and health services. In a linguistically diverse society, the protection of these rights requires specific attention. How can the street-level welfare state, in practice, ensure its linguistic accessibility? To address this question, the interdisciplinary workshop brings together scholars from linguistics and social and educational sciences.
The program includes invited presentations by two keynote speakers and members of the Finnish research network on linguistic diversity and the welfare state (Satakieli). The presentations tackle questions related to for example interpretation as interaction, multilingualism and dementia, digital services, education and professional skill-base, and decision making in the context of linguistic asymmetry.
The online workshop is organized by the Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ) of the University of Helsinki (UH) and the Finnish research network on linguistic diversity and the welfare state (Satakieli).
Registration has closed on Monday, 5 October, 2020.
Zoom link will be sent ONLY to registered participants.
Location: Online (TBA, the registered participants will be provided with the details closer to the event)
Finnish local time, UCT+3h
09:00–09:15: Opening by Meri Kulmala (UH) and Antero Olakivi (UH)
09:15–10:15 Keynote 1: Professor Jan Svennevig (University of Oslo): Multilingualism as a resource in dementia interaction
10:20–10:50 Salla Kurhila (UH), Lari Kotilainen (UH) & Inkeri Lehtimaja (UH): Acknowledging linguistic asymmetry in multilingual workplace interaction
10:55–11:25 Ulla Buchert (UH): Digitalization of health and social services: Asymmetries in the time of compulsive categories and competent agency
11:30–12:00 Heini Lehtonen (UH) & Anna-Leena Riitaoja (UH): Recognising multilingualism in education
12:00–13:00 Lunch break
13:00–14:00 Keynote 2: Docent Kristina Gustafsson (Linnaeus University): Public service interpreting, a tool for legal security, integration and democratic practices
14:05–14:35 Jenny Paananen (University of Turku, UT): Interpreted interaction and the customer oriented approach
14:40–15:10 Camilla Wide (UT): Language policy and implementation: goals and challenges in multilingual societies
15:15–15:45 Closing remarks and discussion: Sirpa Wrede (UH)