Language Justice and Beyond
Coordinators: Patri Gonzalez Ramirez, Ada Volkmer, Loreto P. Ansaldo, and Catalina Nieto
Our movements are multilingual! In this two-day participatory gathering, we will nerd out with other interpreters, translators and language justice workers. Together, we will discuss how language justice is being practiced and delve into the creative ways that LJ is going beyond interpretation and translation. Day 1 will be a closed session for current language justice practitioners to share their work, lessons learned and creative problem solving tips. We will dream and scheme exciting next steps for the movement. Day 2 will include a training for local multilingual folks wanting to practice interpretation skills and learn more about language justice We will provide information about other workshops on creating accessible, intentional, antiracist, nonbinary, creative, combative, and joyous spaces that support our movements for liberation. Participants will learn how to incorporate language justice practices in their work and build deeper collaborations with folks working in the many languages represented in our movements and communities.
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Call for Participation
Language Justice and Beyond will be an opportunity to explore the expansive and visionary ways people are thinking about and practicing Language Justice.
Day 1: Closed Session. Invite-only session for current Language Justice practitioners, interpreters, and translators. This will be a participatory, popular education co-created session where participants will build stronger personal connections with each other, share tools, skills, inspiration and dreams to continue building our LJ practice. Specific topics for workshops on Day 1 might include: self/community care, language work that is trauma-informed, and growing our skills (such as remote interpreting, non-binary language, relay interpreting, combating racist language and anti-blackness within the communities we live and work in, and individual and collective sustainability). Be on the lookout for an application coming soon for Day 1.
Day 2: Open session. Anyone interested in language justice and those who use language as their medium are invited (including but not limited to organizers, facilitators, educators, media makers, artists, coders, journalists, poets, and more). Participants will leave with a broader understanding of language justice, and how to incorporate LJ practices in their work.
Day 2 will also include training for local Detroit interpreters or folks interested in practicing and improving their interpretation skills and learning more about Language Justice values and practice.
Participants will leave with a broader understanding of language justice, stronger personal connections, new tools and skills, inspiration and encouragement to continue building LJ practices in their communities.
April 24th for Day 1 session application. Be on the lookout for an application coming soon for Day 1.