"Senegal Abroad: Linguistic Boundaries, Cultural Imaginaries and Racial Formations": A Lecture by Maya Smith

"Senegal Abroad: Linguistic Boundaries, Cultural Imaginaries and Racial Formations": A Lecture by Maya Smith

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Date and Time

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location

Founders Hall, French Parlor

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

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This talk examines language and multilingual practices in qualitative, ethnographic data to shed light on the construction of national, postcolonial, racial, and migrant identities among the Senegalese diaspora in Paris, Rome, and New York. On the one hand, I investigate how ideologies of race travel. On the other hand, through an exploration of multilingualism, I argue that there is more to both mobility and language learning/use than simple utilitarian purposes. I demonstrate that while the people in my study express complicated and fraught relationships to the languages they speak and the places they inhabit, many of them also find joy and pleasure in both travel and language.  I, therefore, go beyond the political economy perspective found in most research on West African migrations to show how the stories my informants recount blur the lines between utility and pleasure, allowing for a more nuanced understanding of why and how people move.   

Dr. Smith received her doctorate from UC Berkeley and is an Assistant Professor of French and Italian Studies and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the Universty of Washinton-Seattle.

Speaker Maya Smith

Post Contact

Martin Repinecz
mrepinecz@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7645

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