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Transnationalizing Modern Languages : Reshaping the discipline for the 21st Century
Posted on December 22 2015
Venue: The British Academy, London
Event Date: 26/02/2016 10:00 - 14:30
Recent public policy statements have stressed the need for concerted action to address the fact that recruitment on Modern Languages courses within the UK is in decline, and influential reports (see Worton "Review of Modern Foreign Languages 2009" have emphasized the need for Modern Languages to articulate its identity more robustly. The large project, 'Transnationalizing Modern Languages' (TML), part of the AHRC's 'Translating Cultures' initiative, aims to provide a model that allows Modern Languages to be construed and practised not as the inquiry into separate national traditions, but as the study of cultures and their interactions. It focuses on the centrality of language and culture as situated sets of practices whose performance is crucial to all areas of social life, from individual experience to the building of local as well as virtual communities.