LINGUIST List 27.372

Wed Jan 20 2016

Confs: Anthropological Ling, Socioling/Croatia

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Date: 20-Jan-2016
From: Mirna Jernej Pulić <>
Subject: The language of privatization and the privatization of language (IUAES Inter Congress)
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The language of privatization and the privatization of language (IUAES Inter Congress)

Date: 04-May-2016 - 09-May-2016
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Contact: Anita Sujoldzic
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

The dominant processes underlying the transformation of life in all current societies have been that of privatization amidst globalization, including the conversion of things, activities and ideas into commodities, or commodification, expanding into all domains of social and cultural life. Not surprisingly, languages are also seen now as commodities that carry different values in the era of globalization, while under economic pressure language practices are used as currency for the flow of capital. These new trends, driven by marketization and privatization, impact different domains of knowledge production and elite formation, from education, the workplace, market and public sphere to digital communication. They deserve closer scrutiny with respect to implications for their critical real-world issues from linguistic, cultural and economic rights to identity.

The panel aims to critically examine both the language of privatization and privatization of languages, and how they may lead to issues of exclusion and exacerbate issues of access. It takes a critical approach that makes the workings of power visible arguing that what is often lost in discourses about understandings of knowledge production are questions of who gets to achieve certain type of knowledge. It will focus on the role of language in knowledge production in terms of the privatization of language under conditions of late capitalism, and in relation to notions such as symbolic, cultural and linguistic capital, language ideology and linguistic hierarchy. Case studies tied to specific contexts or more theoretical reflections are welcome to illuminate these questions.

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