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PhD Forum: Worldmaking in Process

PhD Forum

Language Acts and Worldmaking examines language as a material and historical force which acts as the means by which individuals construct their personal, local, transnational and spiritual identities - the ‘worldmaking’ process. Learning a language means understanding the historicity of concepts, beliefs and social practices - how they operate in the past and present. 

The Language Acts and Worldmaking PhD students - based at, and collaborating between King's College London, Queen Mary University of London, University of Westminster and the Open University - invite fellow PhD students to discuss and present future theses in an interactive, relaxed and multimodal manner. In our work, we research linguistics, theatre, translation, language teaching and learning and literature. Through the Language Acts and Worldmaking PhD Forum, we hope to enable PhD students to showcase their work amongst others from similar fields of study.

We invite proposals for both full presentations (20 minutes) and elevator pitches (3 minutes) of theses and research methods as well as posters and ideas for interactive activities, performances and short workshops. We encourage creative and innovative ideas, moving beyond the standard conference structure to allow for an interactive and relaxed discussion and collaboration. With the aim of discussing works in progress and learning from each other, we invite proposals touching on any of the following themes:

  • ‘Worldmaking’
  • Orality and voice
  • Embodiment of language and performance
  • Indigenous language and postcolonial perspectives
  • Agency of language and literature
  • Translation and language mediation
  • Teaching Modern Languages
  • Teachers as mediators in the classroom
  • Renaming Modern (Foreign) Languages
  • Learned ‘borrowings’ in Ibero-romance
  • Travelling of languages and language in London

Please submit all proposals to languageacts@kcl.ac.uk by Sunday 5th May, and for any questions and queries contact ella.martin@kcl.ac.uk.

For a pdf copy of the cfp, please click here.

Part of the Language Acts and Worldmaking Worldmaking Fair.