Thursday, 27 September 2012

"Languages and Authority:: Early-career scholar programme

The Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University has announced the Fung Global Fellows Programme, a new scheme for early-career researchers. The theme for the first year is 'Languages and Authority':
In 2013–14, the program’s inaugural year, the fellows and the accompanying seminar series will focus on how languages interact with political, social, economic, and cultural authority.  Languages can be powerful tools for expressing and asserting authority.  Yet they also constitute forms of authority in and of themselves (such as in the standardization and uniformity that they impose). Languages as forms of authority are also contested, and language communities have often formed a basis for resisting authority. Possible topics for this cycle include the ways in which languages and language use interact with globalization, empire, decolonization, nation-state formation, nationalism, language policy, language ideology, social stratification, migration, commerce and trade, social and religious movements, and the sociology of knowledge production.
This seems as though it would be of great interest for translation scholars. The deadline for applications is 1 November 2012. More information here

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