Drs Tove Skutnabb-Kangas and Robert Phillipson will be presenting a special seminar in celebration of the Stellenbosch University Language Centre’s 10th anniversary.
Topic: Counteracting market-force monolingualism in a multilingual world, respecting linguistic human rights in education, and fighting poverty through language policy.
Date: Friday, 5 October 2012
Time: 10:00 – 12:30
Venue: Auditorium, JS Gericke Library
RSVP: By 1 October to Beire Kramer
Dr. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas is actively involved with minorities’ struggle for language rights. Her main research interests are in linguistic human rights, linguistic genocide, linguicism (linguistically argued racism), bilingualism and multilingual education, linguistic imperialism and the subtractive spread of English, support for endangered languages, and the relationship between linguistic and cultural diversity and biodiversity. She has written/edited around fifty books and monographs and around 400 book chapters and scientific articles in 32 languages. Some of her later work include The Earth’s Linguistic, Cultural and Biological Diversity (with Luisa Maffi and David Harmon, 2003), Imagining Multilingual Schools: Language in Education and Globalization, ed. with Ofelia García and María Torres-Guzmán (2006), and Multilingual Education for Social Justice: Globalising the Local (2009), ed. with Ajit Mohanty, Minati Panda, and Robert Phillipson. See her website for a more extensive list of her publications: http://www.tove-skutnabb-kangas.org/en/all_publications.html
Robert Phillipson is professor emeritus of the Department of International Language Studies and Computational Linguistics at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Some of his research areas include the role of English in the modern world, reasons for its expansion, and implications for other languages; Linguistic imperialism, language and power, linguistic dominance; postcolonial, postimperial, and neoimperial languages; Language rights, linguistic human rights, linguistic justice as well as Language pedagogy, the learning of English. In 2012 he was awarded the UNESCO Linguapax prize. Some of his publications include Linguistic imperialism continued (2009), Social justice through multilingual education (ed. with Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Ajit Mohanty and Minati Panda, 2009), Multilingual education for social justice: Globalising the local (ed. with Ajit Mohanty, Minati Panda, Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, 2009) and English-only Europe? Challenging language policy (2003).