The ROLE Collective

First ROLE Symposium

ROLE Symposium Program.pdf

We are pleased to announce the very first conference for the Reframing Our Language Experience (ROLE) Collective, taking place online on April 12 and April 19, 2024. This pioneering event is hosted by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the University of Iowa, marking the official launch of the ROLE Collective. Established in 2022 by Dr. Savithry Namboodiripad and Dr. Ethan Kutlu, the ROLE Collective aims to bring together researchers, clinicians, policy makers, and educators in addressing and moving beyond the linguistic injustices perpetuated particularly by native speaker ideologies.

Please click here to register for the conference.

The conference is set to unfold in two parts: a symposium day on April 12, featuring eight invited talks from leading and emerging scholars advocating for a shift away from native speaker/signer norms, followed by 10 short talks. On April 19th, a series of thematic workshops will take place. These workshops will focus on conceptual discussions, action item development, and fostering cross-disciplinary collaborations. This event promises to be a valuable platform for scholars across various stages of their careers to engage with senior scientists and contribute to critical conversations in linguistics and related fields.

Our goal is to challenge harmful linguistic ideologies and advocate for practical changes within academia and beyond. To this end, the conference will also make resources such as infographics, videos, and style guides accessible to a broader audience, including researchers, educators, and the general public.

Join us in this significant endeavor to reshape the landscape of linguistics and foster a more inclusive and just approach to language study and application.

We are happy to confirm the following scholars as our presenters (in alphabetical order):

  1. Dr. Rachel Hayes-Harb
  2. Dr. Yolanda Holt
  3. Dr. Lina Hou
  4. Dr. Kamran Khan
  5. Dr. Evan Kidd
  6. Dr. Wesley Leonard
  7. Dr. Vijay Ramjattan

There will be ASL interpreters and live captioning throughout the whole symposium.

Symposium Day 1 Schedule (All times are in CST)

Time Topic
9:00 - 9:15 AM Introduction by Ethan and Savi
9:20 - 9:50 AM Talk 1 by Dr. Kamran Khan
9:50 - 10:05 AM Q&A
10:10 - 10:40 AM Talk 2 by Dr. Yolanda Holt
10:40 - 10:55 AM Q&A
11:00 - 11:30 AM Talk 3 by Dr. Rachel Hayes-Harb
11:30 - 11:45 AM Q&A
11:45 - 12:15 PM BREAK
12:15 - 12:45 PM Talk 4 by Dr. Vijay Ramjattan
12:45 - 13:00 PM Q&A
13:05 - 13:35 PM Talk 5 Dr. Lina Hou
13:35 - 13:50 PM Q&A
13:55 - 14:25 PM BREAK
14:30 - 15:00 PM Talk 6 Dr. Wesley Leonard
15:00 - 15:15 PM Q&A
15:20 - 16:20 PM 5-minute talks
16:20 - 17:20 PM BREAK
17:30 - 18:00 PM Talk 7 Dr. Evan Kidd
18:00 - 18:15 PM Q&A
18:15 - 18:20 PM Ending remarks

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