In this episode of the AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting podcast, Monica Heller talks with guest host Isabelle LeBlanc about the theme of transitions and her work in linguistic anthropology. She highlights the multicultural and multilingual nature of the city, emphasizing the importance of understanding diversity and inequality. Monica shares her experiences of conducting ethnography in Toronto and the significance of language in building social relations.
Monica Heller is currently President of the Canadian Anthropology Society/Société canadienne d’anthropologie. She is also a Past President of the American Anthropological Association. Professor emerita at the University of Toronto, she is a linguistic anthropologist interested broadly in the role of language in the making of social difference and social inequality. More specifically she follows the development of ideologies and practices linking language, nation and State in francophone Canada.
Isabelle LeBlanc is an Assistant Professor at the University of Moncton's Department of French Studies since 2019. Her research delves into the intersection between feminist theories and critical sociolinguistics, examining biographical methods in sociolinguistics, sociolinguistic narratives, family language policies, the interplay of gender ideologies and linguistic ideologies, as well as discourses on sexual violence. She teaches various subjects, including methodology, sociolinguistics, language history, linguistic anthropology, language policies, and the relationship between language and gender (feminization, inclusive writing, etc.). Isabelle also collaborates with the Canada Research Chair in Acadian and Transnational Studies at the University of Sainte-Anne and co-founded the Research Group on Archives and Women in Acadia (GRAFA). She participates in the research project "Rethinking Acadia in the World: Comparative and Transnational Studies" and serves as a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Diversity and Equity (LGBTQ2+)