Linguists estimate that in the next 70 years we will lose more last speakers of Indigenous languages than we have in the last 200.
What is lost when a language ceases to be spoken? To what extent can a dormant language be reclaimed? What is the epistemic value of Indigenous language reclamation?
Ashley Glassburn will consider these questions and share her experience learning and teaching Myaamia in a free public lecture “Indigenous Language Loss and Epistemic Value” on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
Dr. Glassburn is an interdisciplinary scholar who uses feminist analysis of power and knowledge production to understand the role of historical narrative in shaping Indigenous subjectivity, political rights, and belonging. She is a member of the Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana and holds an appointment at the University of Windsor as a President’s Indigenous Peoples Scholar.
Wednesday’s lecture is hosted by the Department of Philosophy in celebration of World Philosophy Day. It is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in the Oak Room, Vanier Hall.