Multilingualism in the Andes. Policies, Politics, Power. Rosaleen Howard’s book presentation

Based on Rosaleen Howard’s lifetime of work in the Andean region, in her book she draws key comparisons between Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, where Quechua and Aymara are still widely spoken, in addition to many Amazonian languages. Language policy has evolved over colonial and postcolonial history, reflecting the relationship between successive government regimes, the Indigenous social movements, and the speakers of the languages at the grassroots. Multilingualism intersects with inequality and social injustice in many respects and is currently being approached as an issue of human rights. On March 23, Howard’s book Multilingualism in the Andes. Policies, Politics, Power (Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism) was presented at the School of Modern Languages of Newcastle University in the form of a conversation between the author with Dr Josep Cru (School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University, and member of Linguapax board) and the Routledge Series Editor, Professor Emerita Marilyn Martin Jones (University of Birmingham).