GESF - Multilingualism Seminar Series

30 November 2015, 4.00 PM - 30 November 2015, 5.30 PM

Professor Adrian Blackledge & Professor Angela Creese

1.21, 35 Berkeley Square, BS8 1JA

Researching multilingually at borders – emerging issues on the role of languages in a multi-disciplinary research project

Dr. Jane Andrews

Associate Professor (Education), Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries & Education, University of the West of England, United Kingdom.

This presentation will focus on emerging issues on the role of languages in an ongoing AHRC large grant project. The project Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law and the State, led by Professor Alison Phipps at Glasgow University (2014-17) focuses on uses of language at sites of pain and pressure, which are often border sites, whether physical or metaphorical. The project uses multiple methods across disciplines and five case study sites. A key unifying feature of the project is the use of arts-based methods from the outset to achieve goals such as communicating about project issues to audiences, researchers communicating with each other about their understandings of emerging issues, researchers engaging with research participants and researchers disseminating ideas to stakeholders. The case study sites and areas of focus for the studies are mental health provision in Uganda, language learning for newly arrived young people in Glasgow, language teaching and learning in Gaza, anthropological studies of migration and asylum procedures in Bulgaria and Romania, legal approaches to asylum cases in Glasgow and the Netherlands and critical multilingualism conceptualisations of border states with a focus on Arizona, USA.


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