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09 November 2022 14:00-15:30

Transdisciplinary Dialogues Series: Endangered Tribal Languages in India (3)

The endangerment of tribal languages is a salient issue, with some linguists estimating that between 50% and 90% of current spoken language systems will be severely endangered or dead by the year 2100. But as well as intrinsic loss, endangered languages often provide an index for wider issues of cultural, political and economic marginalization of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. A transdisciplinary approach, inspired by principles of integral ecology, can contribute to deeper analysis of this important contemporary frontier issue.

The LSRI is hosting a seminar series to bring into dialogue academics from the University of Oxford and the North Eastern Institute of Language and Culture (NEILAC) to explore the multi-faceted issues of endangered languages.

Seminar 3: Endangered languages, governance and policy issues

Overview: Endangered languages have become an issue of political contestation in many countries in South-East Asia. As they work to promote a single national culture, states often seek to limit the opportunities for using minority languages in the public sphere, schools, the media, and elsewhere, sometimes even prohibiting them altogether. Sometimes ethnic groups are forcibly resettled, or children may be removed to be schooled away from home, or otherwise have their chances of cultural and linguistic continuity disrupted. This seminar will address issues of governance and policy issues in relation to endangered languages

Speakers: Binay Pattanayak (education specialist based in Jharkand), Richard Toppo (Institute for Social Studies, The Hague)

Chair: Dr Sarah Ogilvie (University of Oxford)

The details of all speakers can be found here.