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LINGUIST List 23.2455

Wed May 23 2012

Confs: Sociolinguistics/USA

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>


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Date: 22-May-2012
From: Nathaniel Dumas <ndumaslinguistics.ucsb.edu>
Subject: Rethinking the Black American Speaking Subject
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Rethinking the Black American Speaking Subject
Short Title: RBASS


Date: 04-Jun-2012 - 04-Jun-2012
Location: Santa Barbara, USA
Contact: Nathaniel Dumas
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.ihc.ucsb.edu/rethinking-the-black-american-speaking-subject/

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

This interdisciplinary symposium brings together scholars in sociolinguistics and Black studies with the purpose of rethinking contemporary relationships between Black Americans and their communicative practices. Within sociolinguistics, the characterization of Black Americans’ language variation has gone through considerable reformulation, particularly as gender and geographical contexts move scholars away from a monolithic idea of a single Black speaker. Meanwhile, through a multidisciplinary framework, scholars in Black studies have rethought Blackness as an object of study within and across the United States in contemporary power regimes of race and racism. However, these two fields rarely engage in intellectual exchange with each other. This symposium seeks to remedy this omission through invited presentations from leading sociolinguists and Black studies scholars to consider how a rethinking of language shapes theoretical understandings of Black Americans and how contemporary critical and conceptual understandings of Blackness promote new investigations of language and identity.


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