Symposium: Indigenous Languages Today

Symposium: Indigenous Languages Today

Saturday, October 26th
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

(Para la versión en Español, por favor hacer click aquí)

The United Nations declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages and we are happy to join this commemoration. The Quechua program at the University of Pennsylvania continues its mission to strengthen the interdisciplinary network of scholars working in the promotion and research of Indigenous Languages.

The Symposium “Indigenous Languages Today” aims to provide a space to discuss research on Indigenous Languages of the Americas and current initiatives to promote them. We hope to engage with scholars and indigenous language advocates. This interdisciplinary symposium will be held as part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Week Celebration of Indigenous Languages.


Call for Papers: deadline for proposals August 11th, 2019

Presentations may be in English, Spanish and Indigenous Languages of the Americas (Quechua, Nahuatl, Zapotec, Dine, etc). Abstract submissions from any perspective and examining the Indigenous Languages of the Americas are welcome in English or Spanish, including but not restricted to: cultural studies, literature, language planning and policy, digital humanities, bilingual education, decolonization, colonial studies, anthropology, sociology, cultural heritage, linguistics, media studies, ethnomusicology, and history. Ideally, presentations shall engage with contemporary relevance of Indigenous Languages.

Please submit a document with a paper title, institution/organization affiliation, and 200-250 words abstract to Prof. Américo Mendoza-Mori at by August 11th, 2019. Responses will be made available by  to all who submitted on August 25th, 2019.

*The symposium is unable to offer travel funding or accommodations.