Beyond Dichotomies: Conceptualising linguistic justice in contemporary Ireland

Dr. Cassie Smith-Christmas It’s very easy to think about ‘justice’ in dichotomous terms: the metaphorical scales balanced, neither side higher than other.  Indeed, this is how I have been socialised to think about ‘justice’ in the abstract sense, and it has also been the guiding force in how I have been conceptualising linguistic justice specificallyContinue reading “Beyond Dichotomies: Conceptualising linguistic justice in contemporary Ireland”

Conducting ethnographic research with children virtually: Some initial thoughts

With another hard lockdown looming here in Ireland, and having just finished a spate of article/chapter submissions based on previous project data, I’ve been thinking a lot about data collection going forward in the strange new world of COVID-19. One of the project’s two main data collection methods—the family’s multimodal ‘language diary’—remains relatively unchanged, asContinue reading “Conducting ethnographic research with children virtually: Some initial thoughts”

Text of Talk delivered at ‘Language in a health crisis: navigating Covid-19 in a multilingual Ireland’

This seminar was delivered as part of the Moore Institute’s COVID-19 Series. Here is the written text of the talk I delivered as part of the series: My aim today is to give a brief snapshot of the potential silver linings of language use in family life in the time of COVID-19.  This is notContinue reading “Text of Talk delivered at ‘Language in a health crisis: navigating Covid-19 in a multilingual Ireland’”

Reflecting on 2020 Presentations

Yesterday, I wrote up the ‘Year in Review’ for the project.  Part of me was tempted to scrawl ‘BIG BLACK HOLE’ in capital letters for 2020 so far. However, once I resisted that temptation, I actually found the task surprisingly enjoyable for what is often a somewhat tedious and disheartening task (the interminable ‘oh no,Continue reading “Reflecting on 2020 Presentations”

Brochure to support families who use a minority language in the home

This brochure was originally designed and distributed as part of my Irish Research Council project ‘The Challenges of Minority Language Maintenance: Family Language Policy in Scotland and Ireland’ (GOIPD/2016/644), but as I think that some of these aspects can apply to all families who use a minority language in the home, I would like toContinue reading “Brochure to support families who use a minority language in the home”

Researching ‘society’ during COVID-19

Dr. Cassie Smith-Christmas Welcome to ‘Languages, Families and Society’ (LaFS) a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (Grant no: 794800) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. I wish to emphasise here that these views are my own and derive from my research and do not necessarily reflect the views of my funding agency or of myContinue reading “Researching ‘society’ during COVID-19”

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