Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät | Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften | Regionale Fachbereiche | Seminar für Afrikawissenschaften | Veranstaltungen | Termine | 12.07. Afrikalinguistisches Kolloquium: Africans in Europe - diaspora linguistics and socio-cultural development (Bodomo)

12.07. Afrikalinguistisches Kolloquium: Africans in Europe - diaspora linguistics and socio-cultural development (Bodomo)

“Africans in Europe: diaspora linguistics and socio-cultural development in the context of 21st Century Africa–Europe relations” - Vortrag von Adams Bodomo (Universität Wien) im Rahmen des Afrikalinguistischen Kolloquiums
  • Wann 12.07.2022 von 16:15 bis 17:45
  • Wo Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Raum 302
  • Name des Kontakts Christfried Naumann (christfried.naumann (AT) hu-berlin.de, bitte kontaktieren bzgl. Zugangsinformationen per Zoom)
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European cities, like cities in many parts of the world, are becoming increasingly multilingual. Migration and diasporization play an important role in this process of increasing multilingualism. Multilingualism and multiplicity of languages and cultures are an important aspect of social diversity in the 21st Century. In this talk, based on a questionnaire survey of 300 members of the African community in Vienna, the capital of Austria, I construct complex profiles of various aspects of language use by Africans from different countries living in the city. The focus is on the concept of linguistic repertoire with regards to Africans in the city. The term linguistic repertoire refers to the gamut of languages that a community speaks, reads, and writes and the choices members of this community make in the use of these languages in various communication situations. The term has been defined more broadly as “…a fluid set of linguistic resources that members of an ethnic group may use variably as they index their ethnic identities.” (Benor 2011: 142). As we do more and more linguistic analysis of Diaspora communities in what may be termed “Diaspora Linguistics”, important but neglected theoretical notions such as linguistic repertoire will become more and more salient, and indeed feature prominently in sociolinguistic interactional studies (e.g. Gumperz 1962, Hillery 1955, Hymes 1972, and Labov 1972). I show how the opportunities and threats that such a migrant and diaspora community brings to a European polity and how socio-political and socio-economic issues like the integration of migrants into the host community and the provision of educational and job opportunities can be tackled by an understanding of the complex linguistic repertoires in the city. Beyond the questionnaire survey, I engage several stakeholders of the African diaspora communities in Vienna to fully understand the coping mechanisms Africans have with regards to issues such as racism, integration, identity issues, and socio-economic opportunities in the city.