Inaugural series of webinars of the Linguistic Justice Society (LJS) - Fifth Webinar: "Addressing Power in the Representation of Minoritized Linguistic Interests"


25-11-2022 a 25-11-2022

Dear all,


You are warmly invited to the next webinar of the inaugural series of webinars of the Linguistic Justice Society (LJS):  

Friday 25 November 2022, 2pm to 3.30pm (CET):


Amandine Catala (Université du Québec à Montréal), “Addressing Power in the Representation of Minoritized Linguistic Interests”


Abstract. How should the interests of minoritized language speakers be represented? Two main options, neither mutually exclusive nor jointly exhaustive, come to mind: via institutions and via individuals. In this talk, I focus on how well-meaning institutional policies and individual interventions aiming at bilingualism can interact in ways that ultimately end up reproducing and reinforcing the very linguistic power relations these policies and interventions sought to avoid or address in the first place. I start with examples that illustrate this type of problematic situation in contexts where bilingualism is encouraged but where there is still clearly a dominant language in linguistic exchanges. I then identify and sketch an account of different types of exclusion these power dynamics produce. I close with some possible avenues to explore for potential solutions and further inquiry.


Short Bio: Amandine Catala is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), where she holds the Canada Research Chair on Epistemic Injustice and Agency. Her research interests lie in feminist, social, and political philosophy well as philosophy of race and philosophy of disability, and include epistemic injustice and agency, territorial rights, colonialism, indigenous issues, migration, linguistic justice, cultural minorities, and neurodiversity. Her work has appeared in Philosophical StudiesThe MonistSynthese, the Journal of Political Philosophy, the Journal of Social PhilosophyEthical Theory and Moral Practice, and Feminist Philosophy Quarterly.


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Yours The LJS Webinar convenors: Matteo Bonotti (Monash University), Filippo Contesi (University of Barcelona), Ethan Nowak (Umeå University) & Seunghyun Song (KU Leuven)