Revisiting the Intersection of Migration, Economy, and Language

Workshop June 15 and 16, 2023

Revisiting the Intersection of Migration, Economy, and Language

June 15 and 16, 2023

Workshop co-organized by Cécile Vigouroux, Associate Professor of sociolinguistics at Simon Fraser University, 2022-2023 Paris IAS Fellow, and Salikoko S. Mufwene, The Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor of Linguistics and the College, University of Chicago.

Day 1: (June 15) Paris Institute for Advanced Study, 17 quai d'Anjou, Paris 4ème (register to attend in person or online for day 1)

Day 2: (June 16) University of Chicago Center in Paris, 6 rue Thomas Mann, Paris 13ème (register to attend in zoom, no registration needed to attend in person)

This workshop is open to the public and can be attended in person or online.


In this two-day workshop, the participants will discuss the role that economy plays in shaping migrants’ language repertoires and ideologies. We will also examine various ways in which governmental institutions and NGOs prepare migrants for insertion in their new, host countries’ economies.

This interdisciplinary workshop will include political scientists, historians, sociologists, sociolinguists, and linguistic anthropologists. One of the key questions that will be addressed is how experts in different academic disciplines interpret economy, as well as the key sites where economic dynamics are deployed.

One of the originalities of the workshop will be to bridge the multiple areas of scholarship that address the question of how ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ economies shape language dynamics and ideologies, highlighting differences and similarities.


Day 1 at the Paris Institute for Advanced Study
June 15, 2023

13:30-13:35: Opening

How does the UN Talk about Human Mobility? A Textual Analysis of Narratives by IOM and UNHCR on Migrants and Refugees
Antoine Pécoud
 (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord)

Linguistic (In)Security: How Germany’s Integration Policies Delay Newcomers’ Socioeconomic Mobility
Leonie Schulte
 (University College London)

Close Care, Distant Care: Migrations and Transnational Domestic Resources between the Mediterranean Mountains and Northwestern Europe (Late Nineteenth-Early Twentieth Century)
Manuela Martini (Université Lumière Lyon 2 and IUF)

Coffee break

Language Socialization of Urdu-Speaking Migrants in France: Invisible Men’s Access to the Clandestine Labor Market
Shahzaman Haque (Inalco, Paris)

The Emergence of Differential Provision for Migrant Residents in a Belfast Urban Regeneration Project 
Coirle Magee
 (University College London)

Day 2 at the University of Chicago Center in Paris (6 rue Thomas Mann 75013)
June 16, 2023

Division and Multiplication: Language, Migration and the Political Economy of Labor 
Alfonso Del Percio (University College London)

“Can Self-Employment be a Way to Labour Market Integration for Refugee Women?”
Discursive Reproduction of ‘Entrepreneurialism’ and ‘the Rationality of Project’

Kati Dlaske (University of Jyväskylä)

Coffee break

“It’s Not about Race, it’s Not about Color, it’s Not about you Being Who You Are”: Readying up African Migrants to Accept Precarity in South Africa
Cécile B.  Vigouroux (Paris Institute for Advanced Study & Simon Fraser University)

11:50: 12:40
Formations linguistiques et marché de l'emploi en France : quelles articulations ?
Hervé Adami (Université de Lorraine, ATILF/CNRS)

Lunch break

Economic Systems, Population Structures, and Languages in European Colonies
Salikoko S. Mufwene (University of Chicago)

To Use or Not to Use Local Languages: Language-in-Education Policies and Ethnolinguistic Vitality 
Felix K. Ameka (Leiden University Centre for Linguistics)

Urban Ecology of Bilingual Education: Exploring Unequal Distribution of Linguistic Capital in Berlin
Héctor Álvarez Mella (Heidelberg University, Germany)

Coffee break

The Effect of Language Training on Immigrants' Economic Integration: Empirical Evidence from France
Alexia Lochmann (Paris School of Economics & Harvard University)

17:40- 18:30
Round-up discussion