Ana Deumert – Digital Language Activism, Challenging and Reproducing Hegemonies

Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:00pm
Kent Lounge

Discussion with Laura Kurgan and Lydia Liu

Organized by the Center for Spatial Research and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society as part of the Conflict Urbanism: Language Justice lecture series.

This lecture series focuses on the role of language as a structuring force of cities, and brings together speakers to address the ways that urban spaces and their digital traces are physically shaped by linguistic diversity and to examine the results of languages coming into contact and conflict.

Ana Deumert is Full Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research is located within the broad field of African sociolinguistics and has a strong interdisciplinary focus (with particular attention to anthropology, sociology and economics). She has worked on the history of Afrikaans (The Dynamics of Cape Dutch, 2004) and co-authored Introducing Sociolinguistics (2009, with Rajend Mesthrie, Joan Swann and William Leap) and the Dictionary of Sociolinguistics (2004, with Joan Swann, Rajend Mesthrie and Theresa Lillis). Her latest book looks at mobile communication from a global perspective (Sociolinguistics and Mobile Communication, 2014). Ana Deumert is editor of IMPACT – Studies in Language and Society (Amsterdam/New York: John Benjamins) and co-editor of Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact (with Salikoko Mufwene).

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