Plenary Speakers 2023

We are happy to feature Professor Colette Despagne from Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla BUAP and Associate Professor Ryan DeCaire from the University of Toronto as our plenary speakers. 

Please find more information on their work below. 

Friday, June 2, 2023

Colette Despagne is a Full Professor of (Critical) Applied Linguistics and Language Education at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities (ICSyH) at BUAP – Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), in Puebla, Mexico. She is member of the Mexican National Research Council (Sistema Nacional de Investigación – CONACYT) and leads the research group called “Racism, Identities, and Modes of Subjectivity” at BUAP. Colette Despagne holds a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the Université du Maine in France and a PhD in Educational Linguistics from Western University in Canada. She is plurilingual and lives in Mexico for nearly 30 years. She has presented in many different countries and published in several languages in international journals in Europe, Canada, the United States, Colombia and Mexico. She has been recipient of the Edmundo O’Gorman fellowship on behalf of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University in New York City in 2018. Her latest research interests focus on plurilingualism in Latin America and on return migration from the United States to Mexico where she examines questions of language, power, and identity.

Among her latest publications are: 

  • Decolonizing Language Learning, Decolonizing Research: A Critical Ethnography Study in a Mexican University. Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism (Ed. by Marilyn Martin-Jones and Joan Pujolar) (2021).
  • Chapter 5: Latin American postcolonial approaches to plurilingualism,  in Enrica Piccardo, Aline Germain-Rutherford & Geoff Lawrence (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Plurilingual Language Education, pp. 130-148. New York & Abingdon: Routledge (2022); 
  • Return migrants from the United-States to Mexico: Constructing alternative notions of citizenship through acts of (linguistic) citizenship. The Journal of Language and Politics (2022).

Saturday, June 3, 2023


Ryan DeCaire is Kanien’kehá:ka and was born and raised in Wáhta Mohawk Territory, Ontario. Ryan is a Kanien’kéha (Mohawk language) revitalization practitioner, teacher, and learner, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Centre for Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto. His work focuses primarily on the role of adult language acquisition and use in Indigenous language revitalization, and specifically on best practices for developing advanced speaking proficiency in adults of Kanien’kéha.

Among his latest publications are:

  • DeCaire, R., Joaquin, N., Lum, N., & Maioho, I. (2021).  ʻAʻaliʻi and wáhta oterontonnì:’a: symbols of indigenous innovation for linguistic and cultural resilience. WINHEC: International Journal of Indigenous Education Scholarship.
  • Mithun, M., & DeCaire, R. (2020). Iroquoian. In Jany, C., Mithun., M., & Rice, K. (Eds.), Handbook of languages and linguistics of north america. Mouton De Gruyter. 
  • DeCaire, R., Johns, A., & Kučerová, I. (2018). On optionality in mohawk noun incorporation. Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics, 39, 1-10.
  • DeCaire, R., & Bilodeau, N. (2019). Tewanónhstat ne rotiksten’okòn:’a raotiwén:na / Preserving the voice of our language keepers: Wáhta Mohawks Documentation Project. Wáhta Mohawk Territory: Wáhta Mohawks