This study will provide the first large-scale comparative ethnographic study of the reorganization of multilingualism in the context of mobility brought about due to ecological change. The study will examine four sites across South and Southeast Asia where ecological change has led to the displacement, migration, and resettlement of multilingual communities: the Narmada valley in western India, the highland regions of Laos, Nagaland, and the Nicobar islands. It will document and analyze the changing language ideologies and the emergence of new multilingual practices in the context of climate-driven mobility. In doing so, it aims to theorize the ways in which language(s) mediate the relations between society and ecology across the Indian Ocean.
Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandinagar
Associate Professor of Japanese and Asian Studies, Villanova University
Researcher and Instructor, National University of Laos