Conference: New Literacies in Indigenous Languages:

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
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New Literacies in Indigenous Languages: The Role of Mass Media in Mexico,
Central and South America

Short Title: ACLA-2007

Date: 19-Apr-2007 - 22-Apr-2007
Location: Puebla, Mexico
Contact Person: Serafin Coronel-Molina
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Call Deadline: 01-Nov-2006

This seminar will examine indigenous literature in the mass media from
different perspectives and sources. It will explore the ways in which
television, radio, cinema, computers and print media have been or can be
used to strengthen traditional forms and create new forms of literacy, and
to revitalize indigenous languages in Mexico, and Central and South

Trans, Pan, Inter: Cultures in Contact

Puebla, Mexico

April 19-22, 2007

Call for Papers for the Seminar

Seminar Organizers:

Hana Muzika Kahn
The College of New Jersey

Serafin M. Coronel-Molina
Princeton University
scoronel at


Television, radio, cinema and computers, in addition to print media, have
greatly expanded access to culture and information produced in indigenous
languages in Mexico, Central and South America. In the 21st century,
literatures in both traditional and emerging genres are being presented
through the media as performances, in written and oral forms, and more
recently in Internet multi-media formats. How do these developments
support the revitalization of indigenous languages and cultures in these
territories? Are they accessible to all members of the community? How are
literary genres evolving in terms of these new modes of transmission? What
are the implications of moving from traditional literacy to new
multi-media literacies in the context of the educational and
socio-economic situations of indigenous communities? This seminar will be
an opportunity to examine indigenous literature in the mass media, and to
exchange information about indigenous language films and recordi ngs,
radio and television programs and performances, computer programs,
websites, newspapers and magazines, and other mass media adaptations and
recordings of literary materials in indigenous languages. Papers may be in
Spanish or English.

The Following Paper Topics Are Suggested:

-Can the Web help save my language?

-Multi-media resources in indigenous language revitalization.

-Networking and collaboration: Sharing ideas for indigenous language
maintenance and development.

-How to choose, collect and prepare materials in indigenous languages for
electronic resources.

-The Internet as a social space for networking and community building.

-How can mass media effectively maintain and promote oral traditions in
indigenous languages? How are content, language and performance modes
changed by the media?

-What is the effect of mass media on local literacies?

-How are New Information and Communication Technologies supporting the
preservation and diffusion of traditional and modern literatures, and the
creation of new literary genres in indigenous languages? What future
developments are being planned?

-How do the mass media change the relationship between author and reader,
performer and audience?

-The impact of the use of individual indigenous language websites on
language maintenance and revitalization.

-Audio books in indigenous languages: Bridging the literacy divide.

-Digitalization of books and virtual libraries.

-On-line poetry, testimonial, narrative: multi modal performances.

-Multi-media curricula for teaching indigenous literacies and literatures:
Using New Information and Communication Technology materials in schools.

-Developments in the production of electronic newsletters, magazines,
on-line newspapers in indigenous languages.

-Expanding functional domains of language use through radio, television
and other mass media.

-Risks and benefits of using new technologies in an age of indigenous
language revitalization and increasing globalization. Are there conflicts
of interest? Is the integrity of cultural knowledge compromised by the
mass media?

-The use of mass media to disseminate knowledge of historical, cultural,
linguistic and literary works.

-Computer literacy and access to computers in indigenous communities

Proposal Submission Guidelines:

Abstracts of papers should be no longer than 300 words, and may be in
Spanish or English. Proposal submission will be considered until November
1, 2006, and should be sent directly to ACLA. Go to and then click on this link to
submit your abstract

You can also go to ACLA 2007 page and
scroll down until you see a link called all seminars and click on it to
find the Seminar called New Literacies on Indigenous Languages: The Role
of Mass Media in Mexico, Central and South America. From this Seminar page
you will be able to submit your proposal to ACLA 2007.


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