Workshops 2017

InCoLaS Workshop

Language and inequality in the age of superdiversity

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity
Göttingen, Germany

January 11-12, 2017

by invitation only

Official and institutional responses to linguistic diversity play a significant part in establishing (and maintaining) close links between linguistic repertoires, social hierarchies, prestige and stigma. While there is no reason to assume that the sociolinguistic landscapes of globalised societies are less unequal than before, it is clear that we need suitable ways of seeing and conceptualizing the (perhaps increasingly complex) relationships between social hierarchization, identification, linguistic practices and metadiscursive regimes. This workshop will contribute to developing such conceptualizations through an intensive discussion of existing conceptualizations of social inequalities across disciplines and their intersection with language. The aim is to understand the intersections of social stratification and cultural and linguistic categorization in an age of (linguistic) superdiversity and to contribute to the development of an analytical framework for these intersections.