linguistics and social justice

I’m interested in the relationship between linguistics and social justice. I think there is great scope for the study of language and a public better understanding of language to have an impact on a number of social justice issues. I am currently involved in the following projects exploring linguistics and social justice. See also below for a selected number of readings and resources on this topic broadly construed.

African Linguistics after #RhodesMustFall

Along with colleagues Jacqueline Lück (Nelson Mandela University), Savithry Namboodiripad (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and Kristina Riedel) University of the Free State) we conducted an online survey examining experiences of African languages in higher education, with a focus on linguistics and language classes. The survey was completed by both students and staff. We presented preliminary analysis of the results of this at AILA World Congress and the conference of the International Association of Colonial and Postcolonial Linguistics.

Decolonising syntax

Race and social justice sub-commitee of the Lingustics Association of Great Britain

Eroding dichotomies

See below for a number of readings and resources on this topic broadly construed.


Anti-racist pedagogy

Anti-Racist Pedagogy: From Faculty’s Self-Reflection to Organizing within and beyond the Classroom by Kyoko Kishimoto

Beyond diversity: anti-racist pedagogy in British History departments by Meleisa Ono-George

Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World – Django Paris and H. Samy Alim (editors)

culturally sustaining pedagogies

Building the Anti-Racist Classroom 

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