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Languages of Internationalism Conference
Wed, 24 May 2017, 13:30 – Fri, 26 May 2017, 15:30 BST
The Reluctant Internationalists project will host this three day conference, bringing together historians, anthropologists, literary scholars, linguists, and scholars in related fields, to debate the languages of internationalism.
Organised in collaboration with Dr. Brigid O’Keeffe from Brooklyn College, CUNY, the conference aims to shed light on the centrality of language to people’s past pursuit and experiences of internationalism. For any agents of internationalism, language presented a wide variety of challenges and opportunities. It imposed obstacles and provided avenues to mutual understanding and collaboration among diverse peoples. The relative successes and failures of past internationalist projects in large measure owed to participants’ ability to effectively communicate across not just linguistic, but also political, cultural, economic, and professional boundaries. This fundamental and literal question of (mis)communication has dramatically shaped the lives of peoples variously confronting the global realities or pretensions of their milieus.