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.

Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture, Wednesday 13th December 2017

Peter Burke will compare and contrast two diasporas of intellectuals, Protestant refugees in the 17th century and Jewish refugees in the 20th

V International Conference Translating Voices, Translating Regions ‘Minority languages, risks, disasters and regional crises’

he themes for this conference will be minority languages, risks, disasters and regional crises.

Languages for the Future

Languages for the Future looks at the supply and demand for languages in the upcoming years given the current changes. This updates the 2013 British Council report which provided the first systematic analysis of the UK's language needs and identifies the languages which will be of crucial importance for the UK's future prosperity, security and influence.

Exploratory Practice for Continuing Professional Development

King's College London

Exploratory Practice for Continuing Professional Development is part of the Language Acts and Worldmaking project under the Diasporic Identities research strand.

Online Skills for Modern Language Practitioners

King's College London

This two-day workshop will provide an opportunity to try out online tools that can support the learning and teaching of languages in different contexts and how we can research this. This workshop will be aimed at MFL teachers.

  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