RC50 - The Politics of Language


Dr. Jean-François Dupré, Université TÉLUQ

Université TÉLUQ
Humanities, Letters and Communication


Prof. Ericka Albaugh, Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College
Government and Legal Studies
Hubbard Hall - 209A, 255 Maine Street
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
United States


Prof. Peter Ives, University of Winnipeg

University of Winnipeg
6L10 Lockhart Hall, 515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 2E9

Board members

Till Burkckhardt, Université de Genève, Switzerland, tillja@gmail.com

Dr. Bartosz Hordecki, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland, bartosz.hordecki@amu.edu.pl

Miranda Huron, Capilanou University, Canada, mirandahuron@capilanou.ca

Dr. Huw Lewis, Aberystwyth University, U.K., hhl@aber.ac.uk

Dr. Kyoko Motobayashi, University of Tokyo, Japan, kmotobayashi@g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Roberta de Oliveira Soares, University of Montreal, Canada, roberta.de.oliveira.soares@umontreal.ca

Dr. Yael Peled, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany, peled@mmg.mpg.de

Dr. Elise Pizzi, University of Iowa, United States, elise-pizzi@uiowa.edu

Isabela Rocha, Universidade de Brasília, Brasil, isabelarocha.contato@gmail.com


Granted research committee status in 2000; committee created in January 2001.


The purpose of the committee is to study the politics of language; more specifically to study:

  1. the relations of power that inflect the choice and use of language(s) in international, national, regional, and local polities, societies and communities;
  2. the origins, structures, implementation, effects and consequences of language regimes;
  3. the politics of linguistic minorities, including goals, strategies, motivations and mobilization;


  1. using the normative and empirical tools of analysis in political science;
  2. developing mid-level theories regarding language and democracy, citizenship, globalization and other critical issues.