From Africa to Patagonia: Voices of Displacement

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Who Are We?

We are an interdisciplinary and inter-generational research team investigating a unique linguistic and cultural contact situation between Spanish and Afrikaans in Patagonia, Argentina. Our project is funded in part by a grant from the University of Michigan Humanities Collaboratory.

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What Are We Doing?



We are combining ethnographic, linguistic, and historical methods in order to explore the voices and ideologies of a displaced Afrikaans community that has resided in Patagonia, Argentina for the past 110+ years.

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Why is
this Important?

Our research speaks to the intersection of immigration and the formation of community identity in exile. Our findings derive from an exceptional situation of cultural and linguistic contact that is not present in any other location in the world.

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© Richard Finn Gregory / GOOD WORK

Who Are We?

We are an interdisciplinary and inter-generational research team investigating a unique linguistic and cultural contact situation between Spanish and Afrikaans in Patagonia, Argentina. Our project is funded in part by a grant from the University of Michigan Humanities Collaboratory.

What Are We Doing?

We are combining ethnographic, linguistic, and historical methods in order to explore the voices and ideologies of a displaced Afrikaans community that has resided in Patagonia, Argentina for the past 110+ years.

Why is this Important?

Our research speaks to the intersection of immigration and the formation of community identity in exile. Our findings derive from an exceptional situation of cultural and linguistic contact that is not present in any other location in the world.