As Avineri, Graham, Johnson, Riner and Rose (2019) note in their recent book Language and Social Justice in Practice, language is an increasingly important focus of conversations – and controversies – about social inequality. The Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS) at the University of Bern seeks to support research on language and social inequality in the Swiss context and to promote the importance of language and language issues for the creation of a more just and equal society.
As part of the goal, 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. The winner will be awarded a prize of CHF 3'000, intended to support them in communicating their research findings to a non-academic public and/or in developing real-world applications of their research. The winner will also be invited to present a guest lecture about their research in December 2021. The guest lecture is part of a lecture series on Language and Social Justice organized by the CSLS in the fall of 2021.