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World languages: the English language, race and nationalism in the US

January 26, 2016

The University of Aruba (UA) in collaboration with the University College Utrecht invites you to a public lecture as part of the UAUCU undergraduate research exchange program: World languages: the English language, race and nationalism in the US.

This presentation examines systems of privilege that organize the study of ‘foreign’ and ‘world’ languages.

Through discursive framing, participants’ written responses to a survey conducted at a university’s ‘World Languages Day’ reveal an alignment with hegemonic ideologies of race and nation that elevate English monolingualism as a proxy for a White, virtuous cultural order within which ‘World language’ education safely—and additively—finds its place.

The facilitator for this lecture is Bradley Boovy, he is Assistant Professor of German and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University (U.S.A.) His research focuses on queer publishing in the second half of the twentieth century with a particular emphasis on the role of race and transnationalism in structuring queer subjectivities in Germany and the United States. Recently he has also begun a project with his colleague Adam Schwartz on the ways in which notions of race and racialized identities influence students’ acquisition of second languages.

Bradley Boovy conducted and published this research together with Adam Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics in the School of Language, Culture, and Society at Oregon State University. His research specializes in Spanish language education in the U.S. and U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and constructions of culture, borders, foreignness, race, and privilege both in and outside classrooms.

Date: Tuesday, February 2nd 2016
Time: 5 – 6 p.m.
Place: Aula, University of Aruba, J.E. Irausquinplein 4
Language: English
Entrance: Free


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