10 Week Seminar: Language, Identity and Gender

Organizer: The New University in Exile Consortium at The New School for Social Research

About the Session

  • Every Tuesday, March 1– May 3
  • Time: 11:00am-12:30pm Eastern Time

Description: Human language exhibits a huge diversity within and across communities. Speakers can use subtle or major variations in language to identify themselves and to suggest their affiliation to a certain social group or community. The way people interact and communicate reflects their identity. “Language carries with it the history, culture and traditions of a people. Language is the people. We cannot even conceive of a people without a language, or a language without a people. The two are one and the same”. (Sabine Ulibarrí, 1972:1, cited in Rovira 2008).

This seminar is going to explore how language intervenes in the identity building process. It will shed light on the link between language and a sense of belonging to certain community, how we use language to project our personal and community identities, and how we use it to recognize the identity of others.

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Weekly Sessions:

  • March 1, 2022: Introduction to Language
  • March 8, 2022: Language and Identity
  • March 15, 2022: Language and Ethnicity
  • March 22, 2022: Language and Gender
  • March 29, 2022: Language and Economy
  • April 5, 2022: Language and Culture
  • April 12, 2022: Language and Media
  • April 19, 2022: Language and Religion
  • April 26, 2022: Language and Politics
  • May 3, 2022: Language, Migration, and the Diaspora

Participants who attend at least 8 complete seminar sessions will receive a certificate of satisfactory completion from the Dean of The New School for Social Research.

Seminar Leaders:

Dr. Abdulgaleel Abdullah Mohammed

Dr. Abdulgaleel Abdullah Mohammed is an Assistant Professor in Linguistics and Phonetics. He earned his B.A. in English Language and Literature from Taiz University (TU). Afterwards, he moved to India and completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics and Phonetics from the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) in Hyderabad, India. He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Translation from the EFL University as well. He also earned his CELTA Certificate in Teaching English Language to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

Dr. Sameer Abdulrazzaq Mused Mohammed

Dr. Sameer Abdulrazzaw Mused Mohammed is a linguist with a Ph.D. in Phonology from the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad, and a P.G. Diploma in Translation Studies from Osmania University, India. His research is focused on the interaction of phonology and morphology in Arabic dialects, modern standard Arabic, and classical Arabic

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