Cancelled: Seminar: Irena Kogan – Importance of non-native accent for the integration of Germany’s ethnic minority youth
Unfortunately, this seminar is canceled and we hope to welcome Irena Kogan at another occasion
Importance of non-native accent for the integration of Germany’s ethnic minority youth
Sociological research on the role of language proficiency in immigrant integration has been flourishing in recent decades, but one aspect of language—pronunciation—has thus far received much less scholarly attention. This talk synthesizes (preliminary) results of the several studies carried by Kogan et al., which deal with the importance of speaking with non-native accent for various dimensions of immigrant integration. Building on sociological, economic, and social-psychological theories, we first address the role of ethnic minority school beginners’ nonnative accents at the beginning of the elementary school, looking at teachers’ achievement expectations. Then, we examine whether non-native accents matter for ethnic minorities’ youth chances of entering VET/regular employment after finishing school. Further, we compare the findings about the role of accent in structural areas to those on the importance of non-native accents for the emergence of interethnic friendships and partnerships. All analyses build on large-scale survey data and unique measurements of non-native accents.
Bio: Prof. Dr. Irena Kogan is a Chair of Comparative Sociology at the University of Mannheim since October 2009. She is a member of the European Academy of Sociology. Prof. Dr. Kogan’s research interests lie in the areas of social inequality, migration and labor market sociology. Her research is mainly comparative and relies on the quantitative methods of social research and data analysis. Prof. Dr. Kogan is currently co-PI for the German part of the project “Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Survey in Four European Countries”. She is also leading an ERC project “Partnership Formation in the Context of Refugee Migration” (PARFORM), as well as the project “Upwardly Mobile Through STEM? STEM Competences, Participation and Returns Among Ethnic Minority Women and Men in Germany” (STEMobile), which is funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. Prof. Kogan is currently involved in an EU Horizon2020 project “Pioneering Policies and Practices Tackling Educational Inequalities in Europe” (PIONEERED).