Reshaping Modern Languages for the 21st Century

Thursday 17 December 2015

On 26 February a workshop will be held at the British Academy, which will discuss the reshaping of the Modern Languages discipline for the 21st century.

Recent public policy statements have stressed the need for concerted action to address the fact that recruitment on Modern Languages courses within the UK is in decline, and influential reports have emphasized the need for Modern Languages to articulate its identity more robustly. How do Modern Languages promote cultural as well as linguistic competences that are vital in an increasingly globalized world? How do University curricula articulate with the range of subjects that students study in schools? How do they encourage a nuanced and inclusive understanding of notions of translation within multicultural spaces and societies? How do they enable students to compete and meet the demands of a changing workplace?

The major project, ‘Transnationalizing Modern Languages’ (TML), part of the AHRC’s ‘Translating Cultures’ initiative, aims to provide a model that allows Modern Languages to be construed and practised not as the inquiry into separate national traditions, but as the study of cultures and their interactions. It focuses on the centrality of language and culture as situated sets of practices whose performance is crucial to all areas of social life, from individual experience to the building of local as well as virtual communities.

Organized with the support of the British Academy and the AHRC, this event aims to demonstrate and discuss the work that TML has been pursuing both within Higher Education and beyond. Contributors include: Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool), Chris Hume and Julie Philip (Castlebrae Community High School), Nigel Vincent (British Academy), Li Wei (University College London), Jocelyn Wyburd (University Council of Modern Languages).

Programme

Participation is fee, but advance registration is required (via EVENTBRITE)