Symposium 'Meet the PhD Jury: Language and Nationalism; the Balkan Case'

For whom
Students, Alumni
When
06-01-2020 from 12:00 to 15:30
Where
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent Faculty Meeting Room (Ghent University, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy)
Language
English
Organizer
Rozita Dimova and Atdhe Hetemi
Contact
atdhe.hetemi@ugent.be
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This workshop will address the link between language and national ideology in the Balkan context with a focus on the Slavic vs. the Albanian languages

This discussion seminar will address the link between language and national ideology in the Balkan context with a special focus on the tension between the Slavic vs. the Albanian languages in the frame of the Yugoslav Federation. What was the role of linguistic nationalism during the socialist period? Did the dominance of the Serbo-Croatian inevitably trigger the marginalization of the Albanian communities in the Federation, and, in turn, the rise of Albanian nationalism? How has the station changed in contemporary Kosovo where the Serbian language has become a minority language subjected to marginalization? Based on this specific case, the wider theoretical premise of the discussion will be to understand why, despite being linguistically and culturally heterogeneous, nation-states have dealt with the status of minority languages and their speakers in often hostile and repressive ways.