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.

Language Acts and Worldmaking Debates: Language Education Activism

Modern Language Centre, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

This theme debates whether current policies in Modern Language Education are fit for purpose.

Languages in service around the world: BBC Panel

Harvard Lecture Theatre, Bush House, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2R 4BG

In this panel discussion, BBC broadcasters will discuss the complexities of language use in international broadcasting, and how different language services offered by the BBC World Service have influenced the languages in which they broadcast.

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.

  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