Collective residences


From Wednesday, 3 November 2021 to Friday, 12 November 2021

Language policy officer and minority languages' activist
Lleida (Catalunya)


With background in philology and literature, education and international relations, Mariona is currently responsible for the application of Catalan language policies in the region of Lleida (Generalitat de Catalunya) as well as dealing with. Through her years volunteering and working abroad, in Italy and in Belgium, her path led her to focusing on how to ensure that the minority languages -especially in Europe- thrive. She has worked as an editorial assistant at Papiros Editziones, the only publishing house which publishes entirely in Sardinian (Nuoro, Italy). As a translator, she has specialised in Occitan Aranese. In the Occitan Valleys of Piemonte, while travelling in 2018 she met the Chambra d'Òc, organisers of the Ostana Prize (Premio Ostana). The collaboration with them, which has grown strong through the past two years, has led to her actual role as the International Mission's representative of this organisation. She has also worked as a an EU policy officer in the Barcelona Provincial Council's Delegation in Brussels. Mariona's work higlights the importance of working both locally and internationally in order to increase the visibility of minority language communities and their claims with one single voice.


The aim of my residency will be to study in depth the impact of the Ostana Prize, a festival which celebrates the world’s linguistic biodiversity and which takes place in the Occitan Valleys of Italy, in terms of achieving the promotion of linguistic diversity and the rights of languages ​​in the world.

The research will consist of a survey, which I will have previously passed onto the network of collaborators of Ostana; a bibliographic review, and a focus group with the Ostana network, which will actually take place during the residency, to explore, on the one hand, how the narrative of the Prize aligns with the international discourse of the extinction of languages ​​and their value within the world's indigenous communities for the preservation ecological. On the other hand, I will study the role and impact of the Prize in reaching new audiences and platforms through the digital channel. From the observations that will follow the study, improvements to extend the scope of this impact will be suggested


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