David Karlander

David Karlander

University of Hong Kong
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Dr. David Karlander is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie MSCA-FCFP fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (FRIAS) at the University of Freiburg, Germany (2021–2022). He has previously held positions with the Society of Fellows in the Humanities and the School of English at the University of Hong Kong, and at Stockholm University.

Talk Information:

Nils-Erik Hansegård: The Origins of ‘Semilingualism’
April 8, 2022 | 9:00 AM

‘Semilingualism’ has rightly been dismissed as a theoretically flawed and overly ideological–racist, xenophobic–linguistic concept. Yet, little has been said about its history. In this talk, Karlander traces the origins of ‘semilingualism’ in the work of Swedish linguist Nils-Erik Hansegård (19182002), linking it to Hansegård’s reception of Nazi German linguistics and his involvement in the minority language politics of Sweden’s far North in the 1950s and 1960s.