Cosmopolitanism and Language
Language, Identity and Post-Nationalism
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Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
4:00 pm, Monday, September 19, 2011
254 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive
Comments from Jane Zuengler, Department of English
This talk will draw on long-term fieldwork in francophone Canada to examine the impact of the globalized new economy on heretofore dominant ideas about language, identity, culture, nation and state. It will show how globalization and the commodification of language and culture connected to the new economy challenge dominant ideologies, producing malaise alongside creativity in re-imagining new ways of connecting and belonging. It will examine some specific attempts to move beyond nationalism, which tend to come from former peripheries and to draw heavily on irony as a discursive trope, as well as attempts to, in Bourdieu's terms "save the (national) market".
This lecture is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Language Institute and with funding from the College of Letters and Science Anonymous Fund.
Contact: Dianna Murphy, (608) 262-1473