[lg policy] Fwd: LPReN Symposium at AILA 2017

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Tue Aug 23 11:39:52 EDT 2016

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Date: Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 4:16 PM
 LPReN Symposium at AILA 2017

CAL Language Policy Research Network
AILA 2017 Proposal for the LPReN Symposium to be held during AILA 2017
Frontiers: An Emerging Politics of Southern Linguistics

We invite proposals for papers for the LPReN Symposium at AILA 2017

*Please send the following by September 1, 2016 to LPReN at cal.org
<LPReN at cal.org> *

*Title: *Please give the title of the paper as it should appear in the
program (max 20 words).

*Abstract Text: *Please provide an abstract (max 300 words, not including

*Keywords**:* Please provide a maximum of three (3) keywords


Increasingly, there are calls within the academy for a process of
decolonisation of both subject matter and instructional/pedagogical
practices. Such calls have been most vocal in recent years in the academies
of the traditional geopolitical South, such as those of South Africa, Latin
America and India. However, even the academies of the North are critically
weighing alternatives to the dominance of academic literature rooted in
claims of universal relevance and decontextualized epistemic discourses.
This arises from a growing awareness of the challenges to ‘Enlightenment’
thought and northern ‘canons’ of knowledge - challenges that have been
evident for some time in claims and critiques of Indigenous Knowledge
Systems (IKS) (e.g. Smith 1999; Hountondji 2013; Odora Hoppers 2002). Such
claims resurface and are reconfigured in ‘southern theory’ (Connell 2007),
‘southern epistemologies’ (Santos 2012), ‘de-coloniality’ (e.g. Kusch
[1970]2010; Mignolo 2011; Escobar and Mignolo 2013), and contested claims
of the ownership of and the production of knowledge (Medina 2014).

The search for decolonial alternatives is gathering momentum at the same
time that global patterns of migration and human mobility are altering
linguistic, cultural and religious landscapes in visibly tangible ways
(e.g. Gorter and Shohamy 2009). These bring into contemporary relief what
appear to some in northern settings as ‘super diversity’ (Vertovec 2007)
and ‘complex diversity’ (Kraus 2012), echoing diversities in the south.
These developments force a recognition that scales of student diversity
require curricula that offer equitable linguistic and epistemic access, and
that are sensitive to local, national, regional and international ecologies
of diversities (e.g. de Souza and Andreotti 2009). Above all, a heightened
appreciation of global diversity reveals how, in most settings,
universities have followed curricula framed on northern epistemologies and
conceptualisations of language and society as reflected in only 4% of the
world’s ‘language’ communities. The extent to which the nuances of
competing epistemologies, ontologies and cosmologies are obscured or
altered in the process of linguistic shrinkage has not yet been fully
explored from a theoretical lens framed within contexts of diversities and
multilingualisms. A paradox is that the trends towards homogenization and
uniformity continue at a time of great global diversity.

The resurfacing of discourses of linguistic diversity, brings questions of
the nature of heterogeneity and heterogeneous ways of thinking to the
surface. This panel will explore decolonial efforts in the academy that
consider the politics of language together with epistemic access. In
contexts that continue to suppress diversity (see, Wiley et al. 2014), the
panel is an invitation to debate and reimagine what it is that southern or
de-colonial multilingualisms might bring to the fields of applied
linguistics and sociolinguistics, and possibly also to the broader
decolonial project.

We thus invite proposals for papers for the LPReN Symposium at AILA 2017, and
we welcome contributions that engage with multilingual frontiers in
dialogue with southern perspectives of theory.

*Please send the following by September 1, 2016 to LPReN at cal.org
<LPReN at cal.org> *

*Title: *Please give the title of the paper as it should appear in the
program (max 20 words).

*Abstract Text: *Please provide an abstract (max 300 words).

*Keywords*: Please provide a maximum of three (3) keywords

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members without implying endorsement of concepts or opinions expressed.


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

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