The NYU-CNRS Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences invites proposals for a workshop on “Language and Colonialism” to be held April 4 and 5, 2014 at New York University.
The relationship between language and processes of colonization and decolonization has interested fields as diverse as anthropology, history, sociology, linguistics, and area studies. We aim to bring together the most vital and original contributions on the topics of language alienations, resistances, accommodations, refusals, and appropriations, as articulated in policies and everyday practices. Priority will be given to proposals on the British, French, Italian, and Dutch cases. Papers chosen for the workshop will be pre-circulated to facilitate serious discussion, and an edited volume from the revised papers is planned. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for participants.
Some possible themes:
Language and Colonial Authority
Translators as Colonial Intermediaries
Language and Racial Theories and Policies
Language and/of Missionaries and Religious Orders
Language and Colonial Education
Uses of the Vernacular
Language and Citizenship in the Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts
Linguistic Dimensions of Transitions to Independence
Postcolonial legacies of Colonial Language Politics and Policies
Please send an abstract (up to 250 words) and a résumé to Ruth Ben-Ghiat (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Alice Goheneix Polanski (email@example.com) by December 20, 2013.