Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Anna Babel – The Sweet Land: Manufacturing ‘tradition’ in Small-town Bolivia

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Birkelund Board Room, 111 Thayer Street

Anna Babel is a sociolinguist and a linguistic anthropologist. Her research focuses on the relationship between language and social categories, particularly in settings of language contact. She has carried out long-term research in the Santa Cruz valleys of Bolivia, the setting of her ethnography, Between the Andes and Amazon.Her most recent work considers how we become aware of different ways of speaking, and conversely how our knowledge and beliefs about language influence the way that we speak. In addition to these areas of expertise, she teaches on the role of language in the construction of US and Latino/a/x identities.

This talk is part of the Andean Lecture Series.