The Sorosoro conferences
Since its creation in 2008, the Sorosoro program has regularly organized conferences to raise awareness about the issues of linguistic and cultural diversity. These meetings were all held in Paris, all with speeches by prestigious guests, presentations by prominent linguists and anthropologists and film screenings.
The 1st conference was held in June 2008 at the Quai Branly Museum, to mark the launching of the program. Among the keynote speakers were Rigoberta Menchu, Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, and writer Erik Orsenna, Goncourt Prize and member of the French Academy.
The 1st Sorosoro conference on June 9th, 2008
The 2nd conference, in October 2009, also at the Quai Branly Museum, was centered on the launch of Sorosoro’s website. The speakers were, among others, leading linguists Claude Hagège and Colette Grinevald, also President of the Scientific board of Sorosoro.
The 2nd Sorosoro conference on October 6th, 2009
The 3rd conference, in December 2011, took place at the “Maison des cultures du monde” (House of the world’s cultures) in Paris, and it was mainly devoted to India, a country with about 860 languages (out of the 6,000 to 7,000 languages spoken in the world). Keynote speakers were writer Irène Frain (author of several novels set in India) and Indian linguist Anvita Abbi.
The 3rd Sorosoro conference on December 8th, 2011