Flow Piracy and Percolation in a Hydropower Watershed

This seminar will be presented by Nick Enfield, University of Sydney.

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This paper explores causal relationships between infrastructure, physical geography, and social networks in a communicative economy of upland central Laos. I report on a recently completed ARC Discovery project studying the dynamics of language contact in the context of a hydropower megadam in the Nakai Nam Theun (NNT) valley of Laos, in which several minority languages Kri, Saek, and Bru) are spoken in close proximity, along with the two nation state languages Lao and Vietnamese. The hydropower project has transformed local networks of transportation and inter village contact, with effects on the language ecology. The study of this situation opens a window on theoretical questions of language’s relation to theories of networks, assemblages, and infrastructures.

Professor Nick Enfield is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney and a co-director of the Sydney Centre for Language Research.

This seminar will be held on Friday 12 August 2022 at 12PM at Brennan MacCallum (Bldg A18) Room 822 (8th floor common room).

It will also be available on Zoom. You can access the Zoom seminar here, or find the details on the flyer.


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12 Aug 2022


12:00 pm


Room 822, Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Location 2

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