Language and Democracy: An Interdisciplinary Symposium at the University of Miami

This symposium aims to convene scholars and students from the humanities, social sciences, and law to examine how the fact of linguistic diversity challenges, enriches, empowers, and endangers democratic projects and processes across diverse temporal and geographic contexts.

Language and Democracy: An Interdisciplinary Symposium at the University of Miami

May 4th, 2018

Through a series global case studies connecting Latin America and Latina/o North America to Africa, Asia, and Europe, we will consider: histories of language policy; language-based social movements and claims to citizenship; historic and present challenges faced by multilingual democracies; economic, social, and political costs of linguistic diversity; relationships between linguistic hegemony/subalternity and the production of knowledge; the circulation and commercialization of cultural products in minority and subaltern languages; and finally, how theories of democracy can be reconciled with the fact of linguistic pluralism.

Conveners:

 

                         

Tracy Devine Guzman                           Kunal Parker                                        Otavio Bueno

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