International Conference on “Law, Language, and Cultural Empowerment” jointly organized by The University of Sydney and National Law University, Delhi. Today’s meeting was a testing ground for new ways of pursuing our research and improving our practice. Our global community is living through unprecedented times due to the recent pandemic, and language use is at the heart of many of the challenges we face. Moreover, the preservation of cultural and linguistic diversity in today’s world is a major concern to scientists, governments, community leaders, and advocates of linguistic human rights.
In addition, current developments in this area underline that there is a lack of fundamental sociolinguistic research comparing different multilingual contexts which have created a knowledge gap at a time when there is a widely acknowledged urgent need for action to articulate more strongly the importance of maintenance and or revitalization of minoritized languages worldwide. Today’s interdisciplinary conference bridges this gap to a large extent through this excellent online knowledge exchange activity.
Prof. Jakelin Troy and Prof. Prasannanshu are the co-organizers of this event, Ms. Janette Thambyrajah, a Ph.D. student working on Literacy in Wiradjuri language organized the conference for The University of Sydney, and Prof. Prasannanshu organized it from the Indian side. In this two-day event, each day saw seven presentations, thus a total of 14 presentations were made, in addition to the acknowledgment of the country by Prof. Troy and a detailed thematic introduction to the conference by Prof. Prasannanshu. Various issues were covered concerning the linguistic minorities, including the deaf, visually impaired, aboriginal, tribal, and other, mainly from Australia, India, Pakistan, and China.