RC50 The Politics of Language

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Session Chairs
Dr. Jean-François Dupré
Dr. Ericka Albaugh
Dr. Peter Ives

The purpose of the committee is to study the politics of language; more specifically to study:

  • the relations of power that inflect the choice and use of language(s) in international, national, regional, and local polities, societies and communities;
  • the origins, structures, implementation, effects and consequences of language regimes;
  • the politics of linguistic minorities, including goals, strategies, motivations and mobilization;


  • using the normative and empirical tools of analysis in political science;
  • developing mid-level theories regarding language and democracy, citizenship, globalization and other critical issues.