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'When multilingualism is your mother tongue' - launch event for new resource

Event date Event time Event location
20/02/2018 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Royal Anthropological Institute

This event introduces small-scale or rural multilingualism Agnack through a screening of the ethnographic documentary film Kanraxël that inspired the creation of a set of teaching materials for schools and universities drawing attention to this underresearched and underreported type of multilingualism. Kanraxël, an award-winning film directed by Remigiusz Sowa and produced by Anna Sowa of Chouette Films, offers viewers from everywhere the rare opportunity to become directly immersed in versatile multilingual practices in a tiny village in Senegal that invite us to shed these stereotypical expectations on what multilingualism is and what it means to speak several languages.

The teaching materials will be launched during this event, which will contribute to making these sites of diversity and resilience accessible and visible worldwide, and that they will result in changing the ways in which multilingualism is covered in school and university curricula.


18:00 - Opening and short introduction to the film and the teaching resources and the team around film and resources: Friederike Lüpke
18:30 - Prof. Devyani Sharma (Queen Mary's, Multilingual Capital)
18:40 - Short presentation by users of the teaching resources (school teachers, SOAS ambassadors -tbc)
18:50-19:40 - Screening of the film
19:40-20:00 - Q&A
20:00-20:30 - Drinks reception

Further information

For more information about Kanraxël and multilingualism in general please visit the  event page on the Royal Anthropological Institute website.

How to attend

This event is free, but tickets must be booked. To book tickets please go to https://multiligualism.eventbrite.co.uk

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