The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2019 as the Year of Indigenous Languages and the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is looking to strengthen their ties with academic institutions. Areas studies centers at the International Institute have organized a joint conference titled “Indigenous Languages: From Endangerment to Revitalization and Resilience” on October 25th, 2018. Results of this conference will be reported to the UN Permanent Forum.
Topics to be covered include indigenous language education, identity and representation and their intersection with national politics, culture production and heritage, historical context for the construction of indigeneity, among others. Speakers come from US and foreign institutions with expertise on the regions of Africa, North America, East and Southeast Asia, South Asia, Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Latin America. This cross-regional and interdisciplinary discussion will surely be of interest to University of Michigan’s faculty and students and members of the general public engaged with issues of indigenous language, culture, and politics.
8:30 – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30am Opening Remarks
9:30 – 11:00am Panel 1: The Process of Endangerment
11:00 – 1:00pm Panel 2: Colonial Legacies
2:00 – 3:30pm Panel 3: Languages Made Visible
3:30 – 5:00pm Panel 4: Revitalization Through Advocacy
5:00 – 5:30pm Closing Remarks
For more information, visit: myumi.ch/JgDqP
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
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