Visiting Presidential Scholars Program at Hofstra University
A lecture by
Professor José del Valle
(The Graduate Center-City University of New York)
"Hegemony and Diversity in the Construction of a pan-Hispanic Community"
Wednesday, November 7th, 2007
Professor del Valle will examine the contemporary construction of a pan-Hispanic community and will focus, in particular, on the actions of Spain's language policy agencies since the late eighties and their connection to Spain's geostrategic interests. He is Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at CUNY's Graduate Center and affiliated with the Ph.D. Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages and with the Ph.D. Program in Linguistics. Currently he holds the position of Deputy Executive Officer and director of the Center for Galician Studies. He is the author of El trueque s/x en español antiguo. Aproximaciones teóricas (Max Niemeyer Verlag, 1996). More recently his research has focused on glottopolitical issues: linguistic ideologies and the politics of language. He has also published The Battle Over Spanish Between 1800 and 2000: Language Ideologies and Hispanic Intellectuals (co-edited with Luis Gabriel-Stheeman; Routledge, 2002), which studies the post-colonial linguistic construction of national and pan-Hispanic identities in Spain and Latin America. An expanded Spanish edition of this book, entitled La batalla del idioma: la intelectualidad hispánica ante la lengua, was published in 2004 by Vervuert/Iberoamericana. Most recently he has edited La lengua ¿patria común? Ideas e ideologías del español (Vervuert/Iberamericana, 2007).