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Book Discussion: Looking Like a Language, Sounding Like a Race by Jonathan Rosa

January 28 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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How are Latinxs racialized through Language? Stanford professor Jonathan Rosa will be discussing his new book Looking Like a Language, Sounding Like a Race: Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Learning of Latinidad. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted in a predominantly Latinx Chicago public high school and its surrounding communities, this presentation approaches Latinidad as a crucial site from which to understand the creation of racial, linguistic, and national borders, as well as to reimagine worlds beyond these borders. The event is co-sponsored by the Anthropology Department and Africana Studies. 

Jonathan Rosa, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at Stanford. As a sociocultural and linguistic anthropologist, Jonathan Rosa’s research theorizes the co-naturalization of language and race as a key feature of modern governance. Specifically, he analyzes the interplay between youth socialization, raciolinguistic formations, and structural inequity in urban contexts.


He will be introduced by Sonia Das, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Co-Editor-In-Chief of Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. There will be remarks by Renee Blake, Director of Africana Studies.


Looking like a Language Sounding like a Race by Jonathan Rosa


January 28
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


SCA Flex Space