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Language Acts and Worldmaking Conference

Languages Future

Online (Zoom), Thursday 15 - Friday 16 April, and Wednesday 21 - Friday 23 April 2021

Welcome to the Language Acts and Worldmaking project conference Languages Future. Originally scheduled for April 2020, it is now taking place via Zoom on 15-16, and 21-23 April 2021. The guiding principle of Language Acts and Worldmaking is that language holds the key to how we understand and construct the world and ourselves. This we call worldmaking. This principle has governed our commitment to connecting research and teaching in our work attempting to regenerate and transform Modern Languages. So far, we have worked with several hundred co-researchers and practitioners from a wide range of educational, social and cultural organisations. In our 2021 conference we want to strengthen these communities who share the aim of making language-learning inclusive, socially engaged and international in scope.

Languages Future consolidates our research by considering as a community how our work in languages and worldmaking should intervene in the major debates of our time. A key question is about capacity-building for future language learners, researchers and activists. Languages Future is a call for action. How do we boldly communicate the impact of the work languages do in the world? Conference themes include 'ways of worldmaking', 'language actions' and 'new horizons'.

The full conference programme is now available and registration is open. For more information, please see:

  • CfP
  • Programme
  • Information for Speakers
  • Registration
  • Code of Conduct
  • Videos

For further inquiries, please email languageacts@kcl.ac.uk.