Revocalising human geography: decolonial language geographies beyond the nation-state

Chapman, E. (2023) Revocalising human geography: decolonial language geographies beyond the nation-state. Progress in Human Geography, 47(1), pp. 24-42. (doi: 10.1177/03091325221131852)

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This paper emphasises the decolonial importance of geographical engagement with the materiality of language as an embodied and embedded relation. It shows how abstractions of language(s) as discrete, codified and possessable objects participate in a ‘coloniality of language’ that risks obscuring alternative geographies of language within, against and beyond the territorialised monolingualism of the colonial nation-state. Through considering Italian philosopher Adriana Cavarero’s analysis of Western modernity’s systematic ‘devocalisation of logos’ from a modernity/coloniality perspective, I argue that geographical consideration of language as a ‘revocalised’ relation could contribute to moving beyond colonial and (ethno)nationalist geographies of language.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Chapman, Eleanor
Authors: Chapman, E.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Progress in Human Geography
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1477-0288
Published Online:06 October 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
First Published:First published in Progress in Human Geography 47(1): 24-42
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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303166Scottish Graduate School Science Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)Mary Beth KneafseyEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/P000681/1SS - Academic & Student Administration