Racing Language, Languaging Race

May 3, 2012 - May 4, 2012
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Levinthal Hall
Stanford Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa St
Stanford, CA 94305

“Racing Language, Languaging Race: New Approaches to the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Language” is the inaugural symposium for Stanford University’s Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Language (CREAL). “Racing Language, Languaging Race” brings together cutting-edge, innovative scholars interested in the complex relationships between race, ethnicity, and language. As the title suggests, we are interested in research that “races language” (views language through the lens of race and ethnic studies) and “languages race” (views race through the lens of language).

The three, broad focal areas of the symposium are:

  1. Race and Ethnicity in Sociolinguistics
  2. Race and Ethnicity in Linguistic Anthropology
  3. Race and Ethnicity in Language Education

The goals of this symposium are to:

  1. Bring together diverse scholars in an effort to deepen the conversation on language and race/ethnicity by providing an interdisciplinary space for interaction between sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, and language and literacy studies.
  2. Highlight research that contributes to our understanding of how racial and ethnic identities are constructed through language use and interaction. Of particular interest are papers that examine the intersection of race and ethnicity with class, gender, sexuality, (trans)national and other social identities.
  3. Emphasize the linguistic and discursive construction of race/ethnicity while noting its endurance as a social reality both for subjugated racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, and other oppressed groups as well as dominant and privileged populations.

Invited Speakers and Discussants:

H. Samy Alim, Stanford University
Arnetha F. Ball, Stanford University
Sarah Bunin Benor, Hebrew Union College
Renee Blake, New York University
Bryan Brown, Stanford University
Elaine Chun, University of South Carolina
Penny Eckert, Stanford University
Carmen Fought, Pitzer College
Inmaculada García Sánchez, Temple University
Lauren Hall-Lew, University of Edinburgh
Miyako Inoue, Stanford University
Adrienne Lo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Norma Mendoza-Denton, University of Arizona
Marjorie Orellana, University of California, Los Angeles
Django Paris, Michigan State University
Rob Podesva, Stanford University
Angela Reyes, Hunter College, City University of New York
John Rickford, Stanford University
Jonathan Rosa, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Jennifer Roth-Gordon, University of Arizona
Devyani Sharma, Queen Mary, University of London
Guadalupe Valdes, Stanford University

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