Language Diversity: The Role of Language In Unequal Knowledge Disseminations About Gender, Racism, Nationalism, Ethnic Relations, and Work

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 12:30-13:50

Language: English

Integrative session of  RC05 Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations, RC25 Language and Society,  RC30 Sociology of Work, RC32 Women in Society

This session is concerned with the circulation of scientific knowledge. Identifying the main channels for this circulation on researchers’ initiative (scientific publication, presentations during conferences, civil society addresses (newspaper articles, participation to radio broadcast, etc.), teaching, and research consultancy), the objective of this session is to offer critical approaches of knowledge disseminations looking at language issues.

While scientific publication and presentations during conferences are mainly subjected to the key role of English, other channels are either limited to a given audience or also limited because of the language used for the communication. Initiative like Global Dialogue, ISA multilingual publication, needs a strong support for the translation in various languages. And when submissions in several languages are encouraged, as for example for Language, Discourse & Society, scholars still choose English.                                                     

One consequence in this time of digitalization, social networks, and potentially quick dissemination of knowledge, is that language issues are related to greater inequality towards the dissemination. While this question is not new – there was always a time for translation for the spread of (key) sociologists’ works – it challenges again our responsibilities and creativity to reflect and answer to the power, violence, and justice dimension of language.

Focusing on research related to gender, racism, nationalism, ethnic relations, and work, contributions will shed light on the role of language in unequal knowledge disseminations.

Session Organizer:
Stephanie CASSILDE, Centre d'Etudes en Habitat Durable, Belgium
Celine-Marie PASCALE, American University, USA
Oral Presentations
How Do We Speak about Migration and Labour? the Vocabulary Which Articulate Migration and Work in a Critical Perspective of Analyses of Migration in the Context of Globalization and Resurgence of Racial Boundaries.
Mustapha EL MIRI, Laboratoire d'Economie et de Sociologie du Travail, AMU CNRS, France; Delphine MERCIER, Laboratoire d'Economie et de Sociologie du Travail, AMU CNRS, France
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