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“A world beyond this one”: Sustaining afro-brasilidade through language, ritual, and culture teaching in northeastern Brazil

Adrienne Ronee Washington (she/her/hers)

 

Theories on the intersections of language and race (raciolinguistics, Alim et al., 2016; Flores & Rosa, 2015) and on the semiotics of race (raciosemiotics, Smalls, 2015, 2020) are positioned well to understand how multiple identities co-craft personhood, that is, how language informs race, ethnoracial formations, and racism, and also how they recursively shape language. Yet such theories have not been regularly applied in exploring the place of religion (along with language and race) in identity co-construction, including intersectional hierarchies and the contestations of such hegemonic power formations by members of multiply marginalized groups.

Building upon language and religion scholarship and raciolinguistics (including principally raciosemiotics), this research advances racioreligious linguistic ideologies as a concept to examine the discursive processes through which language, race, and spirituality become entangled within cultural lenses. I begin by exploring racialization of Yoruba-inspired (Nagô in Bahia) spiritualities and linguistic/semiotic practices under colonialism and racial slavery and then continue into the modern context, where Nagô/Yoruba has come to epitomize Blackness. I present an extended example of racioreligious linguistic ideologies in the Brazilian city of Salvador within a school where educators teach Nagô/Yoruba as part of an effort to inform students about African-matrix histories and cultures and develop positive identities.

Qualitative analyses of interview, participant observation, and photographic data highlight how interlocutors in this community, working within affirmative racioreligious linguistic ideologies and the values they assign to personhood, ritual knowledge, and language practices, engage in education as racioreligious identity work to resist systemic racial, religious, and linguistic prejudices, sustain traditional knowledge, and affirm Blackness. This work is instructive for other contexts where religious thinking has inspired ideas of essentialized differences, and it opens space for an explicit interrogation of how religious supremacy, in cooperation with systemic racial and linguistic privileges, has participated in subordination and has necessitated counterdiscursive strategies.

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Esports Theater
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March Toward Inclusion: Language Diversity Lunch & Learn

Come celebrate Language Diversity Week with us!

The College of A&S Office of Inclusive Excellence, in partnership with the Department of Linguistics, will hold a Lunch & Learn event where students can engage in informative activities focused on language diversity and receive UK swag while enjoying a free catered lunch! The Lunch and Learns are open to all A&S graduates and undergraduates, but do have a maximum capacity for student participants--so be sure to RSVP using the QR code or link below.

Lunch & Learn RSVP link: https://forms.office.com/r/6J0yyTQiPD

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Gatton Student Center Room 330AB Combo
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March Toward Inclusion: "Accent Diversity - This is What a Wildcat Sounds Like"

Come celebrate Language Diversity Week with us!

The College of A&S Office of Inclusive Excellence, in partnership with the Department of Linguistics, will hold a tabling event where students can pick up FREE swag, participate in the featured department's diversity activity, and sign-up for the corresponding Lunch and Learn event taught by a UK faculty member. 

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Outside White Hall Classroom Building
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Campus Forum to Discuss Public Art at UK

What is the role of public art in an educational environment? How should we engage with our institutional past, in terms of art already at the University of Kentucky, and any proposed future projects? Who decides about public art on campus and how is the university community involved in the process?

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Seminar Series: "The question of oralism and the experiences of deaf children, 1880–1914" mrlaue2
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W.T. Young Library 2-34A (Active Learning Classroom)
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