Event Date: 27/04/2020 - 28/04/2020
Language Acts and Worldmaking is pleased to announce that registration for its 2020 Conference, Languages Future, taking place at King’s College London, Monday 27 – Tuesday 28 April 2020, is now open.
The guiding principle of Language Acts is that language holds the key to how we understand and construct the world and ourselves. This we call worldmaking. This principle has governed our commitment to connecting research and teaching in our work to regenerate and transform Modern Languages. So far, we have worked with several hundred co-researchers and practitioners from a wide range of educational, social and cultural organisations. In our 2020 conference we want to strengthen these communities who share the aim of making language-learning inclusive, socially engaged and international in scope.
Languages Future consolidates our research by considering as a community how our work in languages and worldmaking should intervene in the major debates of our time. A key question is about capacity building for future language learners, researchers and activists. Languages Future is a call for action. How do we boldly communicate the impact of the work languages do in the world?
Conference themes include:
Changing the conversation Schools, university students, youth and community groups propose presentations and interventions around the question: ‘How will the study of languages make the world a better place?’
Ways of Worldmaking Fiction and the imagination of new linguistic worlds; Nationalism and languages; Storytelling; Translanguaging
Language Actions Activism; Changing attitudes to language-learning; Connecting communities; Framing policy; Innovative pedagogy; Setting agendas
New Horizons Digital culture and technology; Internationalism, transnationalism and the future of languages; Language, gender and sexuality; Translation and new media
PLUS Special Guest Speaker Professor David Crystal
The conference is free to attend but registration is essential. For further information, including a draft programme and details about the venue include access, catering and other facilities, visit the event website.