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Gerald Roche and Dirk Schmidt: Putting Linguistic Diversity on the Map, Why Languages Matter in Tibet, from Politics to Pedagogy
When: Monday, 29 July, 5pm -7pm pm
Where: School of Oriental and African Studies, Room 4426, 10 Thornhaugh St, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0XG
Languages matter. The languages we use and encounter in our life shape our experience of the world in profound ways. Languages can act as barriers to inclusion, or bridges to inclusion, and can enable or hinder access to resources. Languages serve to situate people and groups in social hierarchies and within fields of power. And, languages always have a profound connection to identity: who we are and how we inhabit the world.
The ongoing failure to adequately recognize the differing social lives of languages in Tibet has immense implications for the lives of Tibetan people. In Tibet today, not all languages are equal. They are situated differently within complex terrain of social, cultural, and political value. And wherever languages are unequal, people are too.
This talk, by an anthropologist and a Tibetan language teacher and researcher, explores the life of language in contemporary Tibet, arguing that we must pay greater attention to the social and individual consequences of unrecognized linguistic diversity. "