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Languages Future

*NOTICE: It is with great regret we write that, owing to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 outbreak in the UK, this event has been cancelled. We are hoping to find an alternative date and will update this page as soon as possible*

Language Acts and Worldmaking Conference

Languages Future

King's College London, Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 April 2020

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 2020 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:

Changing the conversation 

  • Schools, university students, youth and community groups propose presentations and interventions around the question: ‘How will the study of languages make the world a better place?’

Ways of Worldmaking

  • Fiction (science, fantasy, utopian, dystopian) and the imagination of new linguistic worlds
  • Nationalism and languages
  • Science and languages
  • Storytelling
  • Translanguaging

Language Actions

  • Activism
  • Changing attitudes to language-learning
  • Connecting communities
  • Framing policy
  • Innovative pedagogy
  • Setting agendas

New Horizons

  • Digital culture and technology
  • Ecology
  • Internationalism, transnationalism and the future of languages
  • Language, gender and sexuality
  • Translation and new media

For registration and the full conference programme, please see Conference Details. For further details of the venue, please see Practical Information.

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