Follow-Up to AAAL's Summer Webinar Series
In summer 2020, the American Association of Applied Linguistics organized a series of webinars on the topics of race, justice, indigenous language revitalization, and critical applied linguistics. In this section, we provide information about these webinars and the panelists. If you are a AAAL member, you can access the webinar recordings through your member login. They are also linked at the bottom of the page.
Webinar #1: "Engagement in Praxis in Critical Applied Linguistics"
Professor Kubota has kindly agreed to provide a summary of her webinar, as well as a message to any graduate student who is interested in getting involved to create more diversity and equity in our field:
Summary: "In applied linguistics research, examining discourses and ideologies underlying various kinds of difference and inequity has gained popularity. In addition to this orientation of the 'recognition politics,' there has been a growing interest in examining the 'redistribution politics' of socioeconomic disparities that reproduce differences and inequities. Drawing on some concrete examples of language education, this presentation unpacks discourses/ideologies and political economy behind these examples through the bivalent approach. It also proposes a trivalent approach by adding another tool of 'praxis' for achieving actual transformation."
Message: "Regardless of your background or research interest, all of you, as future applied linguists, carry enormous power that can either reproduce or transform the field. While it is so easy to become complicit with the existing system of meritocracy, competition, and self interest, radical transformation requires courage, commitment, and allyship. I hope you will join our collective effort to envision and create more diverse, equitable, and just community of applied linguists."
Webinar #2: "Race, Racial Justice, and indigenous language revitalization"
In July of 2020, Uju Anya (The Pennsylvania State University), Onowa McIvor (University of Victoria), and Suhanthie Motha (University of Washington) discussed the role of race in the field of applied linguistics. Each panelist presented an overview of an article they had previously published in Annual Review of Applied Linguistics (ARAL), an official journal of AAAL. The webinar was organized by the AAAL Committee for Online Education and Outreach, and moderated by Marda Rose (The Bishop's School). Below, you will find the titles, abstracts, and links to the three panelists' articles.
Webinar #3: "applied linguistics in the public realm: collaboration for justice"
In August of 2020, John Baugh (Washington University in St. Louis), Maneka Deanna Brooks (Texas State University), and Glenn Martínez (The Ohio State University) discussed the roles that applied linguists can play in co-creating a more just society. Each panelist addressed these five questions:
How would you summarize the objective of your work in one or two sentences, and how did you become interested in this topic?
How do you see your own positionality in relation to this work? What are the specific ways that you have collaborated and built relationships with individuals and groups through your engaged research/work?
Why is language an important part of your work? How does being an applied linguist make your contribution unique?
Highlight one success and one challenge you have experienced in focusing on language-related aspects of social justice.
What advice would you give to scholars and practitioners interested in applied linguistics for social justice?
This webinar was organized by the AAAL Public Affairs and Engagement Committee and was moderated by Netta Avineri (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS)).