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Call for Proposals: Language Revitalization and Political Self-Determination
I seek to organize a panel for the November 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, in Washington, D.C., that brings together perspectives from peoples working for, or who have achieved, political self-determination while also working to revitalize their endangered or otherwise threatened language. Researchers, educators, activists, and others from any discipine or applied practice are welcome and invited to lend their perspectives and to share experiences and solidarity. The goal of the panel is to illuminate the relationship between non-state, suppressed, and otherwise threatened languages and political movements for self-determination by exploring the explicitly political dimension of language revitalization. Proposals are welcome that address any element of the intersection between language and self-determination, from anywhere in the world. Potential topics include but are by no means limited to: the politicization of language, including language policy and the use of language in political contexts (campaigns, speeches, government business, etc.); language related educational issues in terms of self-determination; legal and social status of language and its use in official, public, and/or private settings; symbolic values of language, whether cultural, political, or social; roles of activists, teachers, and language users in autonomy and independence campaigns; and any other point of intersection between movements for language revitalization and political self-determination.
Please submit an abstract of maximum 250 words, or a statement of interest to serve as a discussant, to Dr. Zachary Androus (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 5, 2017. Panelists will have from twelve to fifteen minutes for their presentation, depending on the final number of panelists, followed by an open discussion. For more information on the American Anthropological Association’s Annual Meeting, including registration fees and deadlines, please see www.americananthro.org.