Seminar on Multilingualism and Inequality
• Monica Heller (University of Toronto) How Are New Economies Reshaping Multilingualism and Inequality?
Discussant: José del Valle (Graduate Center-CUNY)
• Jacqueline Urla (University of Massachusetts Amherst) Governmentality and the Question of Linguistic Inequality Discussant: Luisa Martin Rojo (ARC-Graduate Center/UAM)
Social realities of increasing diversity, mobility and the corresponding high valuation of linguistic competences and skills are currently not developing or – as was expected – into egalitarian systems and structures in multilingual communities. On the contrary, much evidence has been put forward that shows how former inequalities, prejudices and social hierarchies are still active and even amplified in the context of global neoliberal policies. This seminar will pay attention precisely to how current multilingualism in societies, and particularly how new discourses celebrating multilingualism, recast new forms of diversity often into old molds.
This event is co-sponsored by:
The PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages
The Advanced Research Collaborative
This event is free and open to the public