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Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language: the Body, Law and the State

A research project of the School of Education, part of the International and Comparative Education research group.


School of Education funding is £233,537 from the total funding for the project of £1,625,742 

Dr Prue Holmes, the PI (Durham), leads the “Researching Multilingually” team of researchers (including Dr Richard Fay the University of Manchester, Dr Jane Andrews, the University of the West of England, and Dr Mariam Attia, the post-graduate research assistant, at Durham University). The team will be developing theory, methodology, and researcher praxis for researchers working among, with, and through multiple languages. The research is located in five case study sites, each representing a multilingual research site where research will be conducted multilingually using a variety of methods. The case study sites present opportunities for exploring the theory, methods and ethics of researching multilingually in interdisciplinary domains. Two PhD students will also complement the research.


The project is funded by the following grant.

  • Researching Multilingually At The Borders Of Language: The Body, Law And The State (£343887.12 from Arts and Humanities Research Council)


This international project, funded within the Translating Cultures Programme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council as one of its three large grants. The project, drawing on the ground-breaking work of the Researching Multilingually (led by Dr Prue Holmes) team, has two overarching aims:

1) to research interpreting, translation and multilingual practices in challenging contexts, and

2) while doing so, to evaluate appropriate research methods (traditional and arts based) and develop theoretical approaches for this type of academic exploration


The project runs for 3 years, starting 1st April, 2014.


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