our words make worlds

Language Acts and Worldmaking is a flagship project funded by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative, which aims to regenerate and transform modern language learning by foregrounding language's power to shape how we live and make our worlds.

Faces of the Infinite

This conference is intended to generate the first comparative overview of the extent to which Neoplatonist philosophy has permeated poetic forms, styles, themes and figurative language as well as poetic theory in seven principal languages of the greater Mediterranean region, from late antiquity to the modern period.

Teacher Training for GCSE French and Spanish

Free teacher subject specialism training for secondary modern foreign languages will be held in London and Norwich. The programme is delivered by King's College London's Modern Language Centre in collaboration with Lambeth Teaching Schools' Alliance.

Catherine Boyle's interview with Research Fortnight's 500th issue

In an interview for Research Fortnight's 500th issue, Catherine Boyle, Principle Investigator for Language Acts and Worldmaking, talks about the ideas behind the project.

Worldmaking on Stage: Interactive Theatre Workshop

Anatomy Museum, King's College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS

In this interactive theatre workshop, participants will explore the many ways in which we communicate across different languages, as well as within a shared language.

The World Beyond Language: A Portuguese Approach

Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29), King's Building, Strand Campus, King's College London, London, WC2R 2LS

In this lecture, author Lídia Jorge will discuss how languages make us different and show our differences to others.

David Crystal Lecture 2017

Westminster Law School, University of Westminster 4-12 Little Titchfield Street London, W1W 7BY

We are delighted to welcome Dr Lid King to give the inaugural David Crystal Lecture, held in conjunction with the University of Westminster and the Language Acts and Worldmaking project.

The Songs of Songs: Solomon, Rūmī, and St. John of the Cross

SOAS Brunei Gallery, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

This is a poetic triptych with voices, songs and music based on: The Song of Songs attributed to King Solomon in the Bible (Old Testament), The Spiritual Canticles of St. John of the Cross (1542-1591) and The Odes on Mystical Love by the Persian poet Rūmī (1207-1273).

  1. Travelling Concepts

    Words in action

  2. Translation Acts

    Worldmaking on stage

  3. Digital Mediations

    Mapping multilingualism and digital culture

  4. Loaded Meanings

    New worlds for old words

  5. Diasporic Identities

    Teaching languages, mediating cultures

  6. Language Transitions

    Moving through languages