Featuring academic conversations on social issues, Radio Heteroglossia aims at fostering communication among social scientists researching similar thematic trends cross-culturally. It also seeks to make such scholarly perspectives available to broader publics including but not limited to the academia.

Each interview focuses on an specific article, book, film or documentary produced by a scholar in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Radio Heteroglossia also welcomes discussions with other professionals whose work has a social impact, and of other scholarly works produced in different formats and genres.

In order  to make a contribution to the overcoming of  language barriers that  prevent academic knowledge from being communicated among scholars and other audiences from different cultural backgrounds, our interviews are conducted in English and Spanish with translated transcriptions in English of the interviews originally conducted in Spanish, and vice versa.

Radio Heteroglossia finds inspiration in Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin's understanding of "heteroglossia." Etymologically speaking, "heteroglossia" comes from the Greek héteros (many) and glossa (tongue/language). Heteroglossia in relation to Bakhtin's dialogical practices refers to how different meanings given to certain concepts and ideas, emerge in a context of social interaction, dialogue and exchange. These various meanings coexist within the same language and between different languages, social groups and times in history.* In other words,  there is not one single understanding of a social event or dynamic, but many. Such diverse understandings coexist and are embedded in a limitless web of social interactions and ways of making sense of the world. Inspired by these concepts, Radio Heteroglossia hopes to comprehend and disseminate the variety of interpretations and ideas that different peoples have to understand societies, through active dialogue.

*From Mikhail Bakhtin, The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1992).


Ana Fonseca

Interviewer and Co-Founder

Twitter: @abfonseca_

Shane Séguin

Web Developer and Co-Founder
Professional in Computer Engineering Technology

Twitter: @shaneseguin