Language policies and identities

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Francisco Moreno-Fernández, Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies, Heidelberg University, Germany 
Prof. Dr. Óscar Loureda, Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies, Heidelberg University, Germany  

This workshop discusses the keys to the discourses on inequality and identities in the main migratory contexts of Latin America. This will be done on the basis of the analysis of public discourses, mass media discourses and social network discourses carried out before the COVID-19 pandemic and during the different stages experienced in the last two years. The objective is to determine whether the pandemic has polarized discourses about inequality and identities in Latin America.   

From a theoretical point of view, the keys to discourse analysis will thus be presented. It will be shown how discourses have the capacity to represent realities that consolidate imaginaries or that can drive social transformations. Communication is not neutral: it is socio-cognitive phenomena that situate a social mind in a specific political-cultural context. From the methodological point of view, students will be introduced to the use of different techniques for discourse analysis (text mining, Mass & Social Media Analytics).