OWRI News and Events

Recent news

  • The Open World Research Initiative Language Acts and Worldmaking project has announced a new funding call for its Small Grants Scheme. Integration and Inclusion is the theme aiming  to enliven our awareness of the ways in which languages are experienced, practised, taught and researched. Grants up to £1,500 are available. Application deadline is 7 June 2019. Details see www.languageacts.org/related-projects
  • Naomi Wells and Paul Spence are collaborating on a new Digital Modern Languages seminar series, bringing together research and teaching in Modern Languages which engages with digital culture, media and technologies. The first event takes place in London on 21 May 2019 for more information visit: digitalmodernlanguages.wordpress.com/2019/03/16/first-seminar-2
  • In his blog post  Professor Yaron Matras, who leads the Cross-Language Dynamics Multilingual Communities Strand, highlights the positive potential of changing the question on 'main language' in the next census
  • An update of the current research of the Prismatic Translation strand of the Creative Multilingualism project is now available on their website
  • Our Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies colleague Thomas Bak put forward the idea that on 27 March it would be International Day of Multilingualism 
  • Professor Katrin Kohl, from the Creative Multilingualism project has co-curated ‘Babel: Adventures in Translation’ which runs at the Bodleian Libraries Oxford until 2 June 2019
  • The House of Commons All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages have launched a National Recovery programme for languages 
  • Funding: Funding call for doctoral students. The Creative Multilingualism Project have announced a new funding call for doctoral students. Grants up to £1,500 available. Deadline: 15 April 2019
  • In February 2019 the OWRI project produced a new publication ‘The Power of Languages (PDF, 6.4MB)’ detailing how various projects are transforming modern languages research in the UK, including an overview of the research strands, information on the researchers involved and examples of the benefits and enjoyment of languages
  • Read the latest ezine from the ‘Sin Fronteras (PDF, 8.2MB)’ programme a LAWRS programme for Latin American funded and jointly coordinated by the 'Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community' project
  • Results from the recent https://bit.ly/2Sq7Nug  survey indeed indicate that a digital revolution is under way and that such process has permanently altered our attitude towards the study of Languages as 90% of respondents admit to using digital tools in their work
  • Paul Spence and Renata Brandão from the Language Acts and Worldmaking project, have a launched a new report ‘Attitudes towards Digital Culture and Technology in the Modern Languages’ based on a survey it analyses the impact of digital on modern languages across a wide range of factors
  • Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett (PI MEITS) and Professor Janice Carruthers (Modern Languages Leadership Fellow) have launched a new Policy Briefing on Modern Languages Educational Policy in the UK.

Watch the new video from Multilingual Manchester, who deliver the Multilingual Communities strand research of the Cross Language Dynamics OWRI project, entitled Being Part of the City: Multilingual Manchester on YouTube. 

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July 2019

Digital Modern Languages Tutorial Writing Sprint

4-5 July 2019
Bush House, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG - map of venue
About: The Digital Modern Languages tutorial writing sprint is a physical and virtual event designed to create a variety of open educational resources demonstrating the critical use of digital tools and methods for teachers, learners and researchers interested in modern languages and cultures. This even is part of the Open World Research Initiative Language Acts and Worldmaking research project.
Visit: languageacts.org/digital-mediations/event/writing-sprint

June 2019

New approaches to transmedia and Language Pedagogy International Conference

27-28 June 2019
Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University - map of venue
About: This conference will bring together international researchers in all areas of Modern Languages, Pedagogy and Transmedia. It is an inter-disciplinary conference and papers have been accepted from a variety of areas.
Visit: www2.mmu.ac.uk/languages/about-us/events/detail/index.php?id=10915

Why the Digital is Blessing and Curse for Endangered Languages

25 June 2019
6-8pm, Tuesday 25 June, Bush House Lecture Theatre 2, King’s College London
About: Globalisation, urbanisation and climate change are affecting people’s lives all over the world drastically. Languages are falling silent at an alarming rate. At the same time the advent of digital technology has allowed linguists all over the world to record these disappearing languages and to preserve them in digital archives around the world. But while the internet held the promise of democratising access to knowledge, it is also the demise for linguistic diversity as the knowledge represented is heavily skewed towards the knowledge of the usual subjects and is only accessible in English or Chinese.
Visit: https://bit.ly/2W28g7R

Languages INTER Networks

20-22 June 2019
Lancaster University - map of venue
About: Following up on our first symposium in March 2018, Multilingual Digital Authorship, this conference will focus on projects, works, and any form of creative digital artefacts online or offline, including anything from individual tweets, instapoems, and status updates to interactions and more complex projects.
Visit: www.meits.org/events/event/languages-inter-networks

Slanguages: Poetry in Motion

5 June 2019
Wolfson College, Oxford Map
About: This conference will bring together international researchers in all areas of Modern Languages, Pedagogy and Transmedia. It is an inter-disciplinary conference and papers have been accepted from a variety of areas.
Visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/poetry-in-motion-spoken-word-hip-hop-performances-tickets-61485833784

Worldmaking Live Festival

3 June 2019, 10am to 6pm
King’s College London, 8th Floor North, Bush House, WC2B 4BG - map of venue
About: Since 2016 Language Acts and Worldmaking has funded small projects and events across the UK and abroad to heighten our awareness of the ways in which languages are experienced, practised, taught and researched. Worldmaking Live brings many of these projects together for a diverse, exciting showcase of talks, presentations, stalls, performances and films, in what will be a celebration of all that the scheme has achieved so far: a Worldmaking community.
Visit: www.languageacts.org/events/worldmaking-live

May 2019

Across Languages: Translingualism in Contemporary Women’s Writing

30-31 May 2019, 9am to 6pm
Senate House, University of London. WC1E 7HU - map of venue
About: This conference is organised by the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW) in collaboration with the AHRC Open World Research Initiative project ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community’, Translingual Strand. The aim is to bring together scholars working on translingual women’s writing in a range of language fields, in order to explore the particular richness of texts produced by writers in languages that are not their mother tongues. 
Visit: modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/17740

Workshops on Computer-Assisted Literary Translation (CALT) at Swansea University

27-28 May 2019
Swansea University, Keir Hardie Building 149, College of Arts and Humanities, Sketty SA2 8PP - map of venue
About: 2-day workshop at Swansea University on Computer-Assisted Literary Translation (CALT) - part of the Open World Research Initiative: “Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community” - Translingual Strand, with additional support from Swansea’s Language Research Centre.
Visit: https://languagestranslationandmediaatswansea.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/calt_may_schedule.pdf (PDF) 

Soundscapes at Tate Exchange: ‘Who are we?’ exhibition

21-25 May 2019, 12 noon to 6pm
Tate Modern, Level 5, Blavatnik Building, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG - map of venue
About: The Open University researchers Inma Alvarez, Carlos Montoro and Mara Fuertes-Gutierrez build upon the AHRC project Language Acts and Worldmaking and ‘A Stitch in Time’ to bring you SoundShapes. This event invites you to walk through and experience the sounds and shapes of languages. Combining digital content, sound, embroidery, film and photography, it will take you on a linguistic and cultural journey exploring the everyday realities of diversity and cultural difference. Challenging you to rate different languages depending on how familiar you are with them and whether you ‘like’ their sound or not.
Visit: www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/tate-exchange/workshop/who-are-we-2019

Points of Intersection: Digital Modern Languages seminar

21 May 2019, 6pm to 8pm
King’s College London, Bush House - map of venue
About: Researchers from across the AHRC Open World Research Initiative are launching a new Digital Modern Languages seminar series to raise the visibility of Modern Languages research and teaching which engages with digital culture, media and technologies. The first event will see a talk by Professor Claire Taylor (University of Liverpool).
Visit: digitalmodernlanguages.wordpress.com/2019/03/16/first-seminar-2

Cartoneras Latin American Cardboard Books

17 May 2019, 3pm to 5pm
The British Library - map of venue
About: This free event offers participants the chance to find out more about this phenomenon, including a chance to see some of the Library’s own collection of cartoneras. A presentation by academic and researcher Dr Lucy Bell (University of Surrey) will be followed by a workshop where you will be able to try your hand at making your own cartonera.
Visit: www.bl.uk/events/cartonera-latin-american-cardboard-books

Living with/on the Border: writers, language and identity in north-east Italy from the end of World War II to the present

10 May 2019, 9am to 6:30pm
Senate House, University of London. WC1E 7HU - map of venue
About: This conference examines writing and identity in north-east Italy. It will explore the experiences, reflected in writers from the 1940s to the present, of the migrations of peoples between ex-Yugoslavia and Italy as a result of the end of WWII and its on-going
Visit: modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/17755

April 2019

Poet in the Archives: Michael Hamburger

18 April 2019, 6:15pm to 8:15pm
The British Library - map of venue
About: An evening of readings and discussion at The British Library in celebration of the life, work and legacy of poet-translator Michael Hamburger. Preceded by a drinks reception. Tickets £7.
Visit: modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/17758

Language rules? Languages, standards and linguistic inequality: multilingualism and variation in education, law and citizenship

15-17 April 2019
University of Nottingham - map of venue
About: As part of the AHRC-funded project Multilingualism - Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS), Language Rules will bring together practitioners - teachers, speech therapists, examiners, dictionary-makers, lobbyists, policy-makers, and others - with academics to examine how assumptions about correct, acceptable or standard languages impact on everyday life in a multilingual world, and how to tackle potential inequalities.The conference includes a public Leverhulme Lecture by the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at the University of Nottingham, Professor Doug Kibbee. The launch of We are Multilingual will also take place as part of the event.
To attend: please contact nicola.mclelland@nottingham.ac.uk

Franco-Australian Connections in an Industrial World

11 April 2019
Various locations in Bristol 
About: A day of free events exploring connections between Europe and Australia. The starting point will be parallels in environmental concerns since the Industrial Revolution, when there was a significant increase in travel and cultural exchanges. The interactive activities will provide opportunities to appreciate how Australia, the Francophone world, and the UK have long had much in common.
Visit: www.languageacts.org/events/franco-australian-connections-industrial-world

March 2019

Nationalism, Ethnicity and Cultural Diversity in the Digital Age

14-16 March 2019
Where: Durham Union Society Debating Chamber in the Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3EP - map of venue
About: Organised by the OWRI Cross Languages Dynamic Transnational research strand. This symposium aims to bring scholars from different disciplines and research areas to discuss possible approaches to understanding the role of digital media in ongoing transformations of nationhood, ethnicity and cultural diversity within and in-between states.
Visit: digitalnationalism.wordpress.com

February 2019

Manchester in Translation

21 February 2019, 10.00-17.00
Where: Z Arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester - map of venue
About: Join Comma Press for a morning of talks and panels offering advice and insight into the world of translation. Organised in partnership with OWRI researchers in the Multilingual Manchester project. This morning session is an an opportunity for budding translators - or those with a passion for working between languages - to learn more about the life of the literary translator and discover ways of getting yourself published!

Performing Languages Annual Conference

1-2 February 2019
BCurzon Building,Birmingham City University - map of venue
About: This event provides an opportunity for researchers, artists and cultural practitioners to work together, sharing their experience and research about what it means to perform languages (in the broadest sense), to develop new insights, be inspired by new performance/research ideas, and expand their networks. As well as invited speakers there will be a number of performances.
There is a charge of £10 per day to attend, excluding accepted contributors.
Visit and book online: www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/events/performing-languages

January 2019

Computer Assisted Literary Translation

25-26 January 2018, 09.30-15.30
Swansea University, Sketty SA2 8PP - see map of venue
About: Swansea Translating and Interpreting Group is holding this workshop, part of OWRI's “Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community” - Translingual Strand. Literary translators tend to resist using the systems which dominate the lives of most other professional translators, such as CAT tools, translation memories, termbases, machine translation engines. But can these and corpus analysis tools be hacked for the benefit of literary translators? We will discuss the promise and risks involved. With training sessions on a variety of digital tools and presentations of research and practice. A second workshop on the 27-28th May 2018 is to follow.
Visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/computerassistedliterarytranslation-swansea-2019-january-tickets-52262999037

Languages in Conflict and Resolution

25 January 2018, 13.00-17.00
Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast - see map of venue
About: This half day conference organised by the MEITS project, will bring academics and practitioners together to discuss the role of languages in conflict and conflict resolution. This conference is open to the public. 
Visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/languages-in-conflict-and-reconciliation-tickets-53292902506

November 2018

The Role of Emotions in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching

24 November 2018, 10.00-17.00
 Council Room, Kings Buildings, Kings College London - see map of venue
About: This international workshop seeks to examine the role of emotions both in and outside the language classroom. It aims to contribute to a better understanding of their importance in anyone learning or teaching a language. The role of teachers’ wellbeing as a crucial prerequisite for fruitful language teaching and learning will be discussed, aiming to shine a light on how educators can balance their emotions. The workshop is free but there is limited availability.
Visit and register by November 14 2018: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-role-of-emotions-in-foreign-language-learning-and-teaching-tickets-51413333665

Literacy outcomes in northern Ghana / The effect of multilingual exposure on autism

When: 22 November 2018, 13.00-14.30
Room GR05, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, 9 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP - see map of venue
About: This presentation will explore the effects of mother tongue-based education (MTBE), and an alternative approach, ‘language matching’ in northern Ghana, with a view to shedding light on how such programmes might affect literacy learning outcomes. The presentation will provide insights into the educational and linguistic challenges facing learners in multilingual regions of the Global South, and how such programmes might be tailored to have the most productive impact.
To attend: No registration required. See also: #OWRIupdates

invEStigadores: Culture, History, Law, and more! Exploring Humanities research in Spanish at Instituto Cervantes

13 November 2018, 18.30-20.00
Instituto Cervantes Manchester, 326/330 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4FN - map of venue
About: Co-hosted by Instituto Cervantes Manchester and the University of Manchester this second session at the Instituto Cervantes Manchester is where academics will deliver a series of short talks in Spanish, followed by a reception where guests will have the opportunity to informally discuss the themes raised, thereby bringing together university researchers and members of the public to explore research in Spanish.
Visit: cultura.cervantes.es/manchester/en/Explorando-la-investigaci%C3%B3n-en-humanidades/123367

Jóvenes Latino Americanas Sin Fronteras

3 November 2018, 15.00
ATD Fourth World, 48 Addington Square, London - see map of venue
About: The first in a series of civic participation and creative leadership workshops for Young Latin American Women and Girls aged 14-21 age group, encouraging awareness and celebration of cultural, linguistic and racial identity and heritage.
Visit: https://crosslanguagedynamics.blogs.sas.ac.uk/events


8 November 2018, 17.00
The Parkside Gallery, Birmingham - see map of venue
About: Join Professor Rajinder Dudrah who leads research in the Creative Economy Strand and colleagues for energetic performances from various artists. Slanguages explores creative way artists take inspiration from and the use of different languages. The project is wide-ranging and includes many collaborations with partners such as Punch Records, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Beatfreaks, and Sputnik Theatre Company in London.
Visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/slanguages-launch-event-tickets-51657040599

Language and Identity: Explorations Through Film

10 November 2018, 14.00
 The Former Cornerhouse, Manchester - see map of venue
About: Language and Identity is explored in the form of a mini film festival in Manchester. Including talks and discussion, the event is aimed at all members of the general public interested in language, identity and/or the short film documentary genre. Languages ranging from Arabic, indigenous languages of Mexico and South Africa, and ‘Spanglish’ are featured. All welcome.
Visit: http://projects.alc.manchester.ac.uk/cross-language-dynamics/language-and-identity-explorations-through-film

October 2018

Diagnosing and addressing publication bias/The effect of input variability on vowel training

25 October 2018
Room GR05, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, 9 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP - see map of venue
About: Diagnosing and addressing publication bias: Does bilingualism cause general changes to cognition
Visit: www.meits.org/events/event/diagnosing-and-addressing-publication-bias-does-bilingualism-cause-general

Half-term multilingual theatre workshop

29 October 2018 - 3 November 2018
Birmingham Repertory Theatre - see map of venue.
About: Are you in Year 10 or 11? Are you interested in performing arts and theatre-making? Even if you don’t speak another language, are you interested in other cultures and countries? Or know a few words that aren’t English? Do you want to create an exciting new theatre piece to be performed at Birmingham REP in half-term?
Visit: www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/events/half-term-multilingual-theatre-workshop

See also:

Pre-October 2018 events

2017 events


Ciaran Higgins, Communications Officer,
Open World Research Initiative, Queen's University Belfast
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5011
Email: ciaran.higgins@qub.ac.uk
Twitter: @OWRILanguages