The Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS) at the University of Bern is dedicated to research and advocacy on the intersection between language and society. We conceive of this intersection in its widest sense. As a result, our work focuses on exploring how social changes affect languages and language use, how social beliefs and ideologies are reproduced and transmitted through language, and how, conversely, beliefs about language and language users have lasting social impacts. In particular, we aim to foster studies of the relationship between language, inequality and social (in)justice in all of its forms. We support and enable research and training on these topics at the postgraduate and postdoctoral levels, and work to promote the importance of language and language issues to a broad public, both within and outside of academia.
CSLS Prize in Language and Social Justice
The CSLS is delighted to announce the creation of the CSLS Prize in Language and Social Justice. The prize will be awarded annually from 2021 to a junior researcher (PhD student or early postdoc) who has conducted research on language, inequality and social (in)justice in Switzerland.