“Language and Migration: Experience and Memory” April 19, 2021 - May 1, 2021

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Monday April 19, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

10:00 am - 10:15 am Welcome Address

Humphrey Tonkin, Chair, NGO Committee on Language and Languages

Esther Schor, Co-Director, The Migration Lab, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS)

10:15 am - 11:15 am Keynote Address
Sarah Dryden-Peterson, Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Language, Migration, and Education: Threading Past, Present, and Future-Building

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Session 1: Education
Chair, Rosemary Salomone, St. John’s University School of Law

Tony Capstick, Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, University of Reading, UK

Cross-disciplinary perspectives on the role of language in enhancing the resilience of refugees and host communities

Carol Benson, Associate Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University; Maria Serio, M.A. Candidate, International and Comparative Education, Columbia University; and Jon Kwok, M.A. Candidate, International and Comparative Education, Columbia University

Applying principles of L1-based multilingual education to refugee and immigrant programs: An exploration

Celia Reddick, Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University

“The language is a part of them”: How teachers navigate the educational inclusion of refugee students

Mohammad Thalgi, Associate Professor, Yarmouk University, Jordan; and Ayat Nashwan, Sociology and Social Work Department, Yarmouk University, Jordan

Language education problems related to Syrian refugees’ education in Turkey and Jordan

Wednesday April 21, 10:00 am - 1:15 pm ET

10:00 am - 11:30 am Session 2: Linguistic Human Rights
Chair, Lisa Atalianis, Birkbeck, University of London

Eve Haque, Associate Professor, Language, Literatures, and Linguistics, York University

Official and Non-Official Language Rights in Canada

Yael Peled, Research Associate, Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University

Multilingual Selfhood and the Political Ethics of a Linguistic In-Betweenness

Timothy Reagan, Professor of Applied Linguistics, School of Learning and Teaching, University of Maine

Identifying and Responding to Linguicism: Toward a Conceptual Model

11:45 am - 1:15 pm Session 3: Voices
Chair, Sarah Chihaya, Princeton University

Grace Tran, Ph.D. Candidate, Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto

“I Did Not Know What ‘Refugee’ Meant, But I Knew…It Was a Bad Word”: Intersections of Refugee Subject Formation with Language Loss and Acquisition

Laila Omar, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

Between Memory and Anticipation: Exploring the Role of Language in Shaping Refugee Mothers’ Perceptions of Past, Present, and Future

Briana Nichols, Ph.D. Candidate, Departments of Anthropology and Education, University of Pennsylvania

No Son Libres Allí / They Are Not Free There

Aleksandra Olszewska, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing), University of Oslo, Norway

Multilingual Identities in Refugee-background Students’ Voices: Counter-stories from Poland

Leonie Schulte, Ph.D. Candidate, Linguistic Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK

The German You Need to Know: Language Learning and Temporal Uncertainty Among Newcomers in Berlin

Friday April 23, 10:00 am - 1:15 pm ET

10:00 am - 11:30 am Session 4: Interpretation and Translation
Chair, Joel Gomez, President, Center for Applied Linguistics

Morven Beaton-Thome, Professor for the Theory and Practice of Interpreting (English), University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany

Superdiversity in institutional contexts: Language use and language contact in the lives of migrants – what role(s) do interpreters and translators play?

Maria Bo, Assistant Professor in the English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics Department, California State University Fullerton

Created Equal? Translating Linguistic Rights and the False Equivalents of Language Justice

Anisa Rahim, Civil Rights Lawyer, National Language Access Advocates Network (N-LAAN)

Language Justice: an evolving framework for fundamental language rights and equal access

Dolores Inés Casillas, Associate Professor, Department of Chicano and Chicana Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Listening to Migration on U.S. Spanish-Language Radio

11:45 am - 1:15 pm Session 5: Media and Representation
Chair, Paul Nadal, Princeton University

Argyro Nicolaou, Postdoctoral Fellow, Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University

Documenting Migration in Contemporary Video Art: Bouchra Khalili's Mapping Journey Project

Max Cavitch, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania

Self Translations

Somita Sabeti, M.A. Candidate, Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree; Visiting Research Fellow, Migration Research Center (MiReKoc), Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey

Between Liminality, ‘Ghorbat-hood’ and Belonging: mapping the experiences of young Afghan migrants ‘in transit’ in Istanbul

Rahul Bjørn Parson, Assistant Professor of Hindi, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Seizing the Telling: Deterritorialized Hindi and Urdu Literature in Kolkata

Jeremiah Lockwood, Stanford Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

A tribute to Jewlia Eisenberg

Wednesday April 28, 10:00 am - 1:15 pm ET

10:00 am - 11:30 am Session 6: Asylum Seekers/Refugees
Chair, Patricia Fernández-Kelly, Princeton University

Tommaso Manfredini, Lecturer, Department of French and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University

Ketli? Kori? or Keli? A Literary Archaeology of an Asylum Narrative, Italy, 2019

Forough Ramezankhah, Lecturer, School of Law, Keele University, UK

Beyond language: the role of memory and experience in the presentation of asylum claims

Shahzaman Haque, Associate Professor of Urdu, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris, France

Language practices and linguistic landscapes in the Asylum camps of Paris and its suburbs: Focus on Urdu speakers

Cosette Maiky, International Expert on Governance, United Nations Development Programme

The Intersection between Language and Global Health: Conflict-Affected Arab Countries as a Case Study

Tatyana Scheila Friedrich, Visiting Fellow, Fordham University; Professor of Private International Law and Migration and Refugee Law, UFPR – Feder University of Paraná, Brazil; and Bruna Ruano, Professor, UFPR – Feder University of Paraná, Brazil

The Linguistic Approach of a Program that Welcomes Migrants and Refugees at a Brazilian University (UFPR)

11:45 am - 1:15 pm Session 7: Migrants and the State
Chair, Stephen Macedo, Princeton University

Jean-Pierre Gauci, Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law and Director of Teaching and Training at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London, UK

From Law to Policy: Language, Categorisations, and Migrant Rights

Francisco Robles, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Notre Dame

Ofelia Zepeda’s Poetic Languages of Creation and Inhabitation

Zrinka Bralo, Chief Executive, Migrants Organise, London, UK

Xenophobic Language: the Media, the State, and Public Policy in the UK

William Allen, Supernumerary Teaching Fellow in Politics, St John’s College, University of Oxford, UK; Researcher, Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS)

Language about Migration and State Policymaking: Learning from the UK’s “Net Migration” Target

Clara Beccaro, M.A. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, The New School for Social Research

The Discursive Production of Worthiness: Queer Refugees and the French Asylum Procedure

Friday April 30, 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm ET

A reading by Princeton Creative Writing Faculty: Jhumpa Lahiri, Yiyun Li, Aleksandar Hemon
Introduced by Prof. Sandra Bermann, Princeton University

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri received the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies, her debut story collection. She is also the author of The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland, a finalist for both the Man Booker prize and the National Book Award in fiction. Lahiri is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the PEN/Hemingway Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Vallombrosa Von Rezzori Prize, the Asian American Literary Award, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and letters in 2012. In 2014, she was awarded a National Humanities Medal, and in 2019 she was named a Commander of Italian Republic.

Lahiri’s fifth book was a collection of essays she wrote in Italian while living in Rome, titled In Altre Parole (In Other Words). Lahiri continues to write and publish in Italian (The Clothing of Books, 2016, was originally published in Italian) and translate both her own work and the work of others from Italian to English. Her translation of Domenico Starnone’s novel Trick was published by Europa Editions in March 2018 and received the John Florio Prize from the Society of Authors. She also translated Starnone’s novel Ties, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and Best Foreign Novel by the Times of London in 2017. Her novel written in Italian, Dove mi trovo, was published in Italy in Fall 2018 and will be released, in Lahiri's own translation, as Whereabouts in May 2020. The Penguin Classics Book of Italian Short Stories, edited and introduced by Lahiri, with selected translations, was published in Spring 2019.

Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li is the author of six books, including two story collections, A Thousand Years of Good PrayersGold Boy, Emerald Girl, three novels, The VagrantsKinder Than SolitudeWhere Reasons End, and an essay collection, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life. Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages.

Li was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2010, and was chosen by The New Yorker as one of the 20 fiction writers under 40 to watch. Awards for Li’s work include: Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, the Guardian First Book Award, Asian American Literary Award for fiction, Benjamin H. Dank Award from American Academy of Arts and Letters, Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, and others. “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers,” an independent film directed by Wayne Wang and adapted by Li from her short story, was the winner of Golden Shell for best film, 55th San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Aleksandar Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and three collections of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles. His other works include two books of nonfiction, My Parents: An Introduction and The Book of My Lives, the novel The Making of Zombie Wars, journalism, screenplays, and content for the Netflix original show Sense8. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004. Hemon has taught at Northwestern University and New York University.

Saturday May 1, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm ET

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm Introduction by Prof. Anne Cheng, Princeton University
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Keynote Address
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Aerol Arnold Professor of English, University of Southern California, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Sympathizer

Language and Migration: From Representation to Decolonization

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm Closing Remarks