"Intersecting histories and diverging agendas in language revitalization: El Proyecto Para la Recuperación del Idioma Iquito," Lev Michael, Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Date of Event:
Friday, November 13, 2009 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Intersecting histories and diverging agendas in language revitalization: El Proyecto Para la Recuperación del Idioma Iquito
In recent decades, language revitalization projects have sprung up in numerous communities across the world, as the interests of indigenous communities and those of regional, national, and international elites have intersected in complicated ways to spur the launching of these joint educational-political-scientific endeavors. These projects have created new arenas for the negotiation of language ideologies and political economies within indigenous communities and constitute new spaces in which members of indigenous communities, representatives of local and national governments, NGOs, and language researchers pursue their interests. Despite the significance of language revitalization projects as key sites for political and language-ideological negotiation at local and trans-local levels, however, these projects have received relatively little ethnographic scrutiny. In this talk I draw attention to the richness of language revitalization projects as ethnographic sites by examining one in which I have been involved with, the Proyecto Para la Recuperación del Idioma Iquito, which was active in the Iquito community of San Antonio de Pintuyacu, in northern Peruvian Amazonia during 2002-2006. My main goal in this talk is to describe the frequently divergent motivations and goals of the varied groups of local, (non-)governmental, and academic actors and stakeholders in the Iquito language revitalization project, sketch out the historical roots of these actors' positions, and show how they shaped the development of the project.
Gifford Room, Kroeber HallBerkeley, CA 94720
United States37° 52' 25.3416" N, 122° 15' 4.3524" W