Minority Studies: Language and Identity

Loewe Exzellente Forschung für Hessens Zukunft

Minority Studies: Language and Identity

The LOEWE focus “Minority Studies: Language and Identity” develops an interdisciplinary study of the problem of identity formation among minorities. For this purpose, we investigate three types of relations:

  • the relationship between minorities “in their own country” and minorities “abroad”;
  • the relationship between self-perception and the perception of minorities by others (both “in their own country” and “abroad”); and
  • the reciprocal relationship between the identity-determining parameters of language, religion, culture and ethnos, in self-perception and foreign perception “in one’s own country” and “abroad”

The workshop “Minorities in the Zagros – Language and Identity” by Prof. Dr. Saloumeh Gholami (Goethe University of Frankfurt) and Dr. Thomas Jügel (CERES/University of Bochum) takes place at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main on the 19th and 20th of September 2022.

The Zagros has been the contact zone of cultures, religions, and political powers ever since we have historical records. It is also home to many minorities, both linguistic and religious. In this workshop we focus on the community commonly referred to as ‘Gorani’. Despite deep linguistic differences, Gorani is perceived as a Kurdish dialect by most of its speakers, among whom we find adherents of the Ahl-e Haqq or Yaresan. Presentations on the dialectal diversity of Gorani, its literary tradition and religious beliefs will be complemented with presentations on other minorities of the region. In this context, we attempt to throw light on the historical relationship of communities in the Zagros and to understand better what makes them affiliate to or alienate from their neighbours.


Subprojects

International law as an instrument for the social integration of “new minorities” while preserving their independent identity.

International law as an instrument for the social integration of “new minorities” while preserving their independent identity.

Description Current international law does not adequately cover the special situation of immigrants who have been resident for a long…

Minority languages in multimodal networks

Minority languages in multimodal networks

Description The description will be soon available Publications Mehler, Alexander, Wahed Hemati, Pascal Welke, Maxim Konca, Tolga Uslu (2020).Multiple Texts…

Language use, social identity and social distances

Language use, social identity and social distances

Description Social factors such as age, educational level and social status affect the speech communication, both in in-group and out-group…

Ethnic minorities and linguistic integration at primary schools in Germany

Ethnic minorities and linguistic integration at primary schools in Germany

​Description Abstract The subproject focuses on the linguistic integration processes of newly immigrated children from minority groups of the Middle…

Minorities between island formation and networking – life in the field of tension between “old” and “new” minorities

Minorities between island formation and networking – life in the field of tension between “old” and “new” minorities

Description Migrants try to group and reorganize themselves in the diaspora, which can lead either to local “island construction” or…

Dynamics of Language and Identity among Arabs and Arameans in Germany

Dynamics of Language and Identity among Arabs and Arameans in Germany

Description Ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic factors combine in forming identities in the Middle East. Here, linguistic variation presents itself…

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