This panel explores connections between indigenous rights activism and language. It focuses on ways in which activists use language to construct alliances, deliver or enact specific messages in support of indigenous positions on relevant policy issues, and position themselves against their opponents.
In what ways do activists use language as a means of strategic self-characterization? What are the common themes and ideas about indigenous peoples that activists employ to influence their audience, either by appealing to their emotions or by persuading them to new rationales? Which roles do activists take on to position themselves in policy discourse? Which lexical choices do they make to navigate in a discourse shaped by institutions that define and limit their political actions?
Please submit 250- to 500-word abstracts to the NeMLA website by September 30, 2015. Session ID is 15850.
Dr. Ulia Gosart, UCLA, American Indian Studies Center