Professor Josep Soler Carbonell (University of Stockholm)
Jacqueline Urla and Estibaliz Amorrortu (Euskadi),
Bernadette O'Rourke and Martín Vázquez (Galiza),
and Kathryn Woolard and Maite Puigdevall (Catalonia).
The event is aimed to open a critical conversation about the three main minoritized languages in the Spanish State -Basque, Catalan, and Galician- and their sociolinguistic position in this third decade of the 21st century. It is interested in critically analyzing the reconfiguration of the ideologies of anonymity and authenticity around the use of these endangered languages in contemporary Spain. This exercise implies the consideration of the social relations of power between speakers of Basque, Catalan, and Galician, on the one hand, and Spanish speakers (both within and outside these communities), on the other, as well as the role that these languages play in the processes of identity construction and economic exchanges. Some of the questions that fuel this event proposal are: To what extent could we democratize knowledge about the sociolinguistic dynamics of Basque, Catalan, and Galician by decentralizing academic contributions beyond the national framework? How could we recognize their speakers without reifying them or imposing monolithic identities on them? Is international research (in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology) an opportunity to broaden publics for language revitalization and policy in these three stateless communities?
For each of the three language contexts, there have been 'outsider' and 'insider' academics.
The main languages of the event will be English and Spanish and other Iberian languages, always guaranteeing mutual understanding, in line with EDiSo's heteroglossic policy.