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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Dynamics of Languages in Society Student Conference

Call for papers

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Centre for Foreign Language Study will be hosting the first Dynamics of Languages in Society conference sponsored by Language Acts and Worldmaking on the 9th March 2019 at Durham University. Aimed for MLaC and students from other disciplines with at least an A2 level in a language, this conference led by and for students is a forum for the exchange of ideas, theories and practices on the topics of languages and identities with a key emphasis on interdisciplinarity. The main topic of the conference will be:

The Experience of Language and the Language of Experience

The main objective is to encourage new collaborations between students from various disciplines around the themes of languages, identity and transitions. Rather than contrasting the study of languages and that of other subjects, participants will instead be given the opportunity to research the roles played by languages, in relation to and across disciplines. We thus strongly recommend for students from different disciplines to form partnerships based on their own interests and expertise in order to share and explore approaches to languages.

The conference aims to comprise subthemes including but not restricted to:

  • Wandering and Wondering: Languages and Identities in Motion
  • The Inception and the Experience of Language
  • The Experience of Language: Empowerment and Disenfranchisement

Those interested in participating can visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/mlac/news/langinsocconf/ for further guidance.

Contact langinsoc.conf@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.