Future Directions in Modern Languages

UCML is delighted to have partnered with the IMLR, alongside the OWRI projects, Bilingualism Matters London, and AULC, to bring together a symposium that will explore the future of the discipline.

The symposium will take place on 25 February 2022. The programme can be found below. Please register via the IMLR website.

11:45-12:45 
‘Modern’ Languages Teaching: Decentring and Decolonising Approaches Through the Lens of ‘Community’ Languages
Bilingualism Matters London
Chair: Li Wei (BML Co-Director, UCL Institute of Education)
Speakers: Petros Karatsareas (BML Co-Director, University of Westminster), Kathleen McCarthy (Queen Mary University of London), and Joanna McPake (University of Strathclyde) 

12:45-13:30 Break

13:30-14:30
Modern Languages: Disciplinary Identity and Interdisciplinary Potential 
Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community
Speakers: Stephen Hutchings (PI, University of Manchester), Andy Byford (University of Durham), Naomi Wells (Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London) 

Connecting Education Sectors and Language Communities
Creative Multilingualism
Speakers: Katrin Kohl (PI, University of Oxford), Rajinder Dudrah (Birmingham City University), Julia Hofweber (UCL Institute of Education) 

14:30-14:45 Break

14:45 – 15:45
Demonstrating the Relevance of Research in Modern Languages to Key Issues of Our Time 
Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS)
Speakers: Wendy Ayres-Bennett (PI, University of Cambridge), Rory Finnin (University of Cambridge), Mícheál Ó Mainnín (Queen’s University Belfast) 

Connecting Research and Funding
Language Acts and Worldmaking
Speakers: Catherine Boyle (PI, King’s College, London), Renata Brandão (University of East London), Rachel Scott (Royal Holloway University of London), Sophie Stevens (University of East Anglia) 

15:45 – 16:15 Conclusion

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