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Language and Migration: Experience and Memory

Mon, 4/19 · Zoom

Migration Lab, PIIRS; Study Group on Language and the United Nations

Organizers:

Esther Schor (English), Co-Director, The Migration Lab, Princeton Institute or International and Regional Studies (PIIRS)
Humphrey Tonkin, Director, Center for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems

This interdisciplinary symposium will convene humanists and social scientists, field-workers and policy-makers, artists and writers, to think together about migrants as resourceful users, interpreters, and creators of language.

Language is a vital, but underexplored, factor in the lives of migrants, immigrants and refugees. It has a direct impact on the experiences and choices of individuals displaced by war, terror, or natural disasters and the decisions made by agents who provide (or fail to provide) relief, services, and status. Distilled through memory, it shapes the fictions, poems, memoirs, films and song lyrics in which migrants render loss and displacement, integration and discovery, the translation of history and culture, and the trials of identity.

The symposium will take place online between Monday, April 19 and Saturday May 1, 2021.

For full schedule, speakers, and registration information, visit: https://migration.princeton.edu/symposium

The symposium’s primary sponsors are the Migration Lab of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and the Study Group for Language and the United Nations. We’d like to acknowledge additional support from the Center for Applied Linguistics, the Esperantic Studies Foundation, the Centre for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems, and Birkbeck, University of London. At Princeton, generous support has also come from the Lewis Center, the Humanities Council, the Department of English, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of African-American Studies, the University Center for Human Values, and the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication.

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