ETAL seminars and conferences
Details of Edinburgh TESOL and Applied Linguistics (ETAL) seminars and conferences.
2019 Seminar Series
|Date||Venue/Time||Speaker(s)/Uni||Presentation details / Recordings|
|27 Feb 2019||MHSE||
MHSE, University of Edinburgh
|Children's Perceptions of Cross-cultural Encounters|
|13 Mar 2019||PL1.26/6pm||
PhD Student here at MHSE, University of Edinburgh
Reflections on a PhD story so far
Writing a PhD has often been compared to writing a story. In this presentation I will talk about the PhD as a story, or rather I will present it in the form of a number of stories which include reflections based on my own experience on ideas such as: ‘serendipitous moments and plot turns’, ‘stories behind stories’, ‘stories within stories’ and the ‘story climax’.
|10 Apr 2019||PL1.26/5:30pm||
University of Stirling
|24 Apr 2019||CH2.03/5:30pm||
Discussing Multilingualism and Politics
Multilingualism constitutes an integral part of post-national citizenship, in which political argumentation may defy linguistic barriers. Together with the profusion of new publics, the rise of new media and ‘third spaces’ of communication (Wright, 2014; Bhabha, 1994), multilingual communication has altered the normative make-up of the public sphere both in terms of structure and communicative nature.
‘Emergent publics’ (Angus, 2001; Koller & Wodak, 2008), ‘counter-publics’ (Fraser, 1993; 1997) and diasporic public spheres are no longer defined solely by their agonistic nature but also by the way this is expressed through their (choice of) language. Multiple languages representing multiple cultures signify multiple competing rationalities in essentially agonistic public spheres. Power differentials in these multilingual - physical and virtual - public spheres are not rooted in status, education, or access, for instance, but instead on the language (chosen) for communication. In cases where a lingua franca is chosen, the power differentials are clearer between native and non-native speakers of the lingua franca. In diasporic public spheres, power differentials may also derive from different stages of integration. And yet at a political level, the interplay between language and citizenship practices needs to be emphatically thematised and investigated. Important work has been done in the fields of translation and politics, the politics of multilingualism, and multilingual publics that needs to be considered before revisiting the nexus between multilingualism and politics (Wodak, Nanz, Doerr, Baker, to name but a few).
There have also been studies on migrant publics in diasporic public spheres (Volkmer, 2014; Hill, 2016 and many others). We need to recognise and thematise the liminality of such publics, who, partly because of their heterolinguality, shift between counterpublic and ‘mainstream’ publics, or are often part of culturally enriched hybrid publics. It is without doubt that multilingualism affects both the social construction of cosmopolitan civic identities as well as the actual conduct of democratic politics, such as new concepts of citizenship and new forms of deliberation. This seminar will discuss ways of revisiting the relationship between multilingualism and citizenship practices.
|2 Oct 2019||-||
Speaker: Licia Masoni
University of Bologna
|16 Oct 2019||-||
University College London (UCL)
|13 Nov 2019||-||
University of Cambridge
|27 Nov 2019||-||
Examples of past conferences and seminar series
EELC Conference 2018 - Edinburgh | Linguistic Ethnography in a Changing World | 20-21 Sept 2018
EELC Conference 2018 will bring together researchers from around the world, to share research around ethnography, language and communication. The conference title is ‘Linguistic Ethnography in a Changing World’ – asking how LE might contribute to public and scholarly debate.
Keynote Speakers: Plenary: Dr Deborah Swinglehurst and Jürgen Jaspers
Workshops: Digital Ethnography Workshop: Professor Rodney Jones, Multimodal Interaction Workshop: Dr Jeff Bezemer
Date: Thursday 20 - Friday 21 September 2018
Venue: Holyrood Campus
SATEAL Conference 2018 | 17 March 2018
The annual conference of the Scottish Association for Teachers of EAL (SATEAL)
Speakers/Workshops: Opening remarks from Dr Andy Hancock followed by a series of workshops
Date/Time: Sat 17 March 2018
Edinburgh TESOL and Applied Language (ETAL) Seminar Series | Jan - Mar 2018
Dates / Speakers / Titles
- 17 January 2018: Professor Do Coyle, Edinburgh: Why language teachers need to care: making sense of a pluriliteracies approach to deeper learning from a transdisciplinary and translinguistic perspective
- 31 January 2018: Professor Jonathan Culpeper, Lancaster: Impoliteness: A survey
- 14 February 2018: Dr Robert Sharples, Edinburgh: Is it time for a ‘mobile turn’ in EAL?
- 28 March 2018: Professor Steve Walsh, Newcastle: Dialogic Reflection