Urban Education Alumna Wins Prestigious Award for Outstanding Research in the Sociology of Language  

Demet Arpacik (Ph.D. ’20, Urban Education) received the 2021 Joshua A. Fishman Award for her dissertation titled The Medium of Liberation: Kurdish Language and Education Activism in Turkey. The award for early-career researchers includes a prize of € 1,000 or approximately $1,200 and a contract to publish the dissertation in a prestigious book series. Arpacik was one of just two winners from an international field, chosen by a committee of 30 sociolinguists from around the world. 
Arpacik’s dissertation is an ethnographic study that focuses on the role of Kurdish language and education activism in Turkey as an anti-colonial movement generating decolonial forms of practices as responses. One of the reviewers praised her “multidisciplinary critical approach to the study of language in society, and its critical unpacking of nationalist state language politics as implicating entangled language ideologies and social processes.” 
With the prize, Arpacik has a contract to publish her dissertation in the book series Contributions to the Sociology of Language, which is co-edited by Professor Emerita Ofelia García (Urban Education; Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures). The book series, one of the most prestigious in the area of language and society, was begun by Professor Joshua A. Fishman over 20 years ago.
The award was established by the publishing company De Gruyter Mouton in 2018 to honor Fishman’s contribution to research in the sociology of language. Early in his career Fishman taught at The City College of New York and later was a visiting professor of linguistics at the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: NOV 11, 2021

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