Decolonising the curriculum in Languages has recently attracted the attention of a large number of academics, in line with Higher Education Institutions’ agendas on Internationalisation, Diversity and Inclusion. In the past few years, several initiatives have facilitated fruitful discussions on the topic (IMLR symposium, September 2020; AULC Special Interest Group, among others), and, in a recent report, decolonising the curriculum is highlighted as one of the innovative languages pedagogies with the potential of having a high impact on languages education long term (Phips, 2021).
The aim of this conference is to progress these ideas further by collectively reflecting on the relationship between language learning and teaching, inclusion, and social justice, from a multifaceted view: How are grammatically discriminatory languages taught? How can technology support accessibility in language learning? How can Raciolinguistics inform the development of a more inclusive curriculum? What is the impact of ideology in materials development for language learning and teaching? Innovative work that analyses and aims at dealing with these key issues is being conducted mainly on a theoretical level at present, thus it is the focus of the conference to explore how all these ideas can be actively implemented in the languages classroom, building bridges between theoretical perspectives and practical approaches to this emerging research and scholarship area.
Professor Rosina Márquez-Reiter, Head of the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (The Open University)
Dr Mara Fuertes Gutiérrez, Head of Spanish at the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (The Open University
Dr Ben Evans, Research Associate at the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (The Open University)
Professor Walter Mignolo (Director of the Center of Global Studies and the Humanities, Duke University), world leading expert in Decolonisation and Education.
Prof Juan Eduardo Bonnin (Discourse Analysis Professor, CONICET-UNSAM), expert in the role of language in the access to human rights.
Dr Laura Villa Galán (Tomás y Valiente Researcher, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), expert in the intersection of language and politics.
The Conference Programme is now available for download. Although we cannot foresee any major changes, small adjustments might be needed, so please check the link again a few days before the conference.
Proposals for a 20-minute presentation from a wide variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives are welcomed in the form of research-related papers, presentations of case studies, projects, and practical experiences. Proposals on, but not limited to, the following areas related to the conference theme, are encouraged:
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This conference is organised with the support of the Institute of Modern Languages Research.
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Diversity and social justice in language learning, teaching and research: bringing theory and practice
Thursday 14 and Friday 15 July 2022
The conference will take place online. Further details will be provided closer to the time.
The conference is free to attend, but registration is required.
Registration is now open and available via Eventbrite.
Registration closes on Sunday 10 July 2022.