The Sparkplug: Volume 1

Born with a cackle, The Sparkplug is the thorn on the stem of the rose, the splinter in your thumb, the glass in your sandal. Launched on June 1, 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, this is the first volume of The Sparkplug.

Volume #1, Issue #1

The Trenches between Languages and Nation-building

Getting the Last Word: Storytelling in Defiance of Language Death, by X.C.

Who’s Entitled? Diamond Mining and Internal Displacement in Botswana, by Lital Khaikin.

This inaugural issue of The Sparkplug reflects on the impact of mining on displacement, land division and the loss of language. Languages are living fields of experience, embodying the eternal human challenge of being liberated through communication, and restricted by finite terms. The shades and tones of innumerable human languages are precious, conveying to us entirely new ways of living, thinking, and connecting. But what pushes them to the edge of disappearance?