26 Nov 2021
10:15  - 12:00

Online via Zoom

Gastvorlesung / Vortrag

Durable discourses: English, education and the Philippine-American war

Dr. Ruanni Tupas (University College London)

The talk demonstrates how discourses about English and education are historically traceable durable discourses which thus continue to embed our language beliefs and practices today. In the Philippines, these discourses can be traced back to the Philippine-American War at the turn of the 20th century during which the American infrastructures of colonialism were forcibly introduced. Such discourses informed decision-making in practically all aspects of colonial rule, but especially in education which was a centerpiece instrument for benevolent assimilation. These discourses of forgetting about the violence of colonialism seeped into education research and practice, language-in-education policy-making, and even classroom practices, thus framing how English and the Philippine languages have been viewed and mobilized historically in the country. As discourses are indeed historically traceable and durable, it is important to ask what and whose version of history informs our thinking about languages and education today.

If you would like to listen to this guest lecture, please contact Dr. Beatriz Lorente to obtain the necessary Zoom link.

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