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Jeroen Darquennes is full professor of German linguistics. His research focuses on language contact and conflict in European language minority settings. He is the author of numerous publications on aspects of language policy and planning in Europe, the lead editor of HSK45.1-Language Contact (2019, de Gruyter) with Joe Salmons (Madison, WI) and Wim Vandenbussche (Brussels) as co-editors, one of the general editors of Sociolinguistica (a series founded in 1987 and published by de Gruyter) and a member of the editorial board of international journals such as the Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics (de Gruyter) and Language, Culture & Curriculum (Routledge), of which he was associate editor between 2013 and 2016. He was head of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures between 2012 and 2015 and appointed commissioner of the 'German year' (année allemande) at the University of Namur in 2014. Between 2016 and 2021 he headed the Namur Institute of Language, Text and Intermediality (NaLTT, established in 2016). In 2017, he joined the team of the Vice-Rector in charge of internationalisation at UNamur. Together with the Vice-Rector he had the task of further developing and streamlining UNamur’s internationalisation policy. In 2021-2022 he was awarded a Francqui Chair in language contact and multilingualism at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He currently is Vice-rector in charge of international and external affairs.

Areas of expertise

- language contact and language conflict in European language minority settings

- language policy and planning (with a focus language-in-education policy)

- the standardization of minority languages

- German in Belgium

External responsibilities

- affiliated researcher at the Fryske Akademy/Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning (Ljouwert/Leeuwarden)

- general editor of Sociolinguistica, de Gruyter (since 2009)

- editorial board member of Germanistische Mitteilungen, Winter Universitätsverlag (since 2011)

- editorial board member of Sociolinguistic Studies, Equinox (2012-2013)

- editorial board member of EuJAL/European Journal of Applied Linguistics, de Gruyter (since 2013)

- associate editor of Language, Culture and Curriculum, Routledge (2013-2016)

- editorial board member of the Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics, de Gruyter (since 2014)

- editorial board member of Language, Culture and Curriculum, Routledge (since 2016)

- editorial board member of Fontes Linguae Vasconum, Gobierno de Navarra (since 2019)

- co-editor (with Pattie Epps, UT at Austin) of the HSK-series (Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft), published by De Gruyter (since 2020)

- co-editor (with Leigh Oakes) of the series Multilingual Matters, published by Multilingual Matters/Channel View Publications (since 2021)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Letters, Sprachrevitalisierung in Altbelgien-Süd. Eine kontaktlinguistische Studie, KU Brussel

Award Date: 16 Feb 2004


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