Spring 2018

In Our Own Words: Native Language Revival and Preservation in the Indigenous Americas

March 23rd and 24th 2018
McKenna Hall
University of Notre Dame

 

Call for Papers

The Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures at the University of Notre Dame invites abstracts on Native American efforts to find a voice in perhaps the most appropriate place: their own native languages. Activism and organizing efforts are empowering Native communities to recapture their ways of living and knowing, and to recapture their cultural inheritance. Programs have sprung up to both rescue and revive languages on the brink of extinction. These efforts promote dialogue and commit to the building of cordial, collaborative relationships among tribal members and outside communities. The Let’s Talk 2018 conference taps into and expands the spirit of the mutual desire for friendly and productive partnerships.

This conference will highlight efforts across the United States and in the Indigenous Americas to reclaim native tongues and, at the same time, allow for exploration of issues tied to them, such as notions of identity and community, the role of academia within traditional community structures, changing language, and indigenous activism.

The organizers of this conference strongly encourage submissions from scholars, educators, community members, and administrators in addition to emerging scholars for the undergraduate and graduate student panels.

Potential paper topics include but are not limited to:

  • Innovations and best practices among tribal language-learning programs
  • Model programs and their successes in the North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean
  • Integrating language and culture in traditional and modern settings
  • Language, accessibility and translation services in specific situations (justice, health, education)
  • Imagining indigenous language and cultural presence in the future
  • Re-imagining “study-abroad” and cultural immersion - opening doors between nations
  • Building partnerships between universities/colleges and indigenous language communities
  • Providing indigenous language instruction in elementary and middle schools through community engagement
  • Indigenous language focus and the empowerment of minority cultures in the community

Abstract should be 250-300 words and submitted by January 16, 2017.
Submission Portal

For more information, please contact:
Andrea Topash-Rios, Associate Teaching Professor (atopash@nd.edu) Department of Romances Languages and Literatures or Elena Mangione-Lora, Associate Teaching Professor (Mangione.5@nd.edu) Department of Romances Languages and Literatures