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FREE SPEECH 20: What is the theory of language behind our understanding of free speech?

Professor Sonia Das, New York University

Sonia Das is Professor of Anthropology at NYU and the author of Linguistic Rivalries: Tamil Migrants and Anglo-Franco Conflicts (2016). As a specialist in linguistic anthropology, she wants to know how abstract ideas about speech are lived by human beings, and how language not only reflects the world we live in, but constructs it too. Is hate speech just speech we dislike or a phenomenon that impacts the way we live?  Das’s recent work engages the questions of hate speech and American free speech doctrine from an anthropological perspective.