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Conference: Language and Democracy, University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL, March 21-22, 2013 This conference deals with the multiple issues posed for democratic societies by linguistic difference (whether that of immigrant groups, indigenous and other subordinated groups, linguistic minorities, and so on). As such, it is relevant to almost every modern democratic society as well as those aspiring to social peace and solidarity. An interdisciplinary group of scholars from the social sciences, law, and the humanities, from Belgium and Brazil to Chile and China will be gathering to discuss the contradictory and difficult practical and theoretical issues raised here. For more information on this event, visit the conference web site: http://www.law.miami.edu/academics/language-democracy.php. Attendance is free and open to the scholarly public. David Abraham, firstname.lastname@example.org and Kunal Parker, email@example.com are the organizing contacts. David Abraham or Kunal Parker University of Miami School of Law 1311 Miller Drive Coral Gables, FL 33146 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Visit the website at http://www.law.miami.edu/academics/language-democracy.php SCHEDULE OF THE CONFERENCE, MARCH 21-22: March 21 7:00pm AMITAV GHOSH, Stanford Distinguished Professor in the Humanities "Speaking of Babel: The Risks and Rewards of Writing About Polyglot Worlds" March 22 8:45am Opening Remarks 9:00am PANEL I - Language and Expediency PHILIPPE VAN PARIJS, University of Louvain "Polyglot Democracy: Achievements and Challenges in Plurilingual Countries and in the European Union" RENATO ORTIZ, State University of Campinas "World-Modernity and the Market of Linguistic Goods" SUMATHI RAMASWAMY, Duke University "The Wager on English in Dalit India" Commentator: ILEANA PORRAS, University of Miami School of Law 11:15am PANEL II - Language and Affect SHADEN TAGELDIN, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities "The Foreignness of the Vernacular: Afterwords to the Egyptian Revolutions of 1919 and 2011" LUIS CARCAMO-HUECHANTE, University of Texas, Austin "Against Acoustic Colonialism: Mapuche Radio, or the Performance of Indigenous Language Politics in Chile" PIETER MOULTON JUDSON, Swarthmore College "Separate and Equal: Language Policy in the Habsburg Empire 1867-1918" Commentator: CHRISTINA CIVANTOS, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Miami 2:15pm III - Language and Equity CRISTINA RODRIGUEZ, Yale Law School "Language, Markets, and Democracy" ANDREW SIMPSON, University of Southern California "Language and the Establishment of Independence and Democracy in Post-Colonial Asia" RON SCHMIDT, California State University, Long Beach "Language Rights and the Requirements for Democracy" Commentator: CLAUS OFFE, University of Humboldt, Berlin 4:30pm Closing Discussion AMITAV GHOSH and PARTICIPANTS moderated by ANSON RABINBACH, Princeton University 5:30pm RECEPTION --30--