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Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race: Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Learning of Latinidad

January 14 @ 4:10 pm - 5:15 pm

Time: 04:10 pm – 05:15 pm
Location: Young Hall 224 (next to SSH bldg)

SPEAKER: Jonathan Rosa, Assistant Professor at Stanford University and author of Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race: Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Learning of Latinidad.

TALK: The rapid rise of the U.S. Latinx population, now the nation’s largest demographic minority group, has heightened concerns about the future of American identity and brought increased attention to the institutional management of racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted in a predominantly Latinx Chicago public high school and its surrounding communities, this presentation examines borders delimiting Latinx and American identities on the one hand, and co-naturalizations of language and race on the other. These foci reflect an investment in developing a careful theorization of interrelated racial and linguistic hierarchies, as well as a commitment to the imagination and creation of more just societies.

MORE ABOUT PROFESSOR ROSA: Dr. Rosa’s book is the first to use a “raciolinguistic perspective” that attends to the co-naturalization of language and race. Rosa’s raciolinguistic perspective examines the categories of race, ethnicity, and language as products of long-standing colonial distinctions; challenges distinctions between race and ethnicity in Latinx culture; and argues racialization of Latinx, a gender non-binary way of referring to “Latina/o” language requires a careful consideration of race. The book also advances a critique of the United States as a fundamentally racist society built on histories of settler colonialism and enslavement and approaches institutions such as public schools as central sites in which white supremacy is enacted and reproduced.

This event is sponsored by Sociocultural Anthropology Graduate Research Series

For more information please contact: Facebook.com/ucdANTHRO | 530-752-0745


January 14
4:10 pm - 5:15 pm

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