Ethnography and Modern Languages: Critical Reflections

Ethnography and Modern Languages: Critical Reflections
4 November 2017, 9.45am - 5.00pm
Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

This workshop is intended to provide a forum to critically reflect on the position of ethnographic approaches and methods within modern languages research and teaching. 

Ethnography is a growing area of interest among Modern Languages scholars, particularly among early career researchers and those working across the AHRC’s Open World Research Initiative and the Translating Cultures theme.

Ethnography has also played a central role in earlier and current pioneering work to transform the Modern Languages curriculum within universities. At the same time, ethnographic approaches often lack visibility within Modern Languages disciplinary discussions and institutional structures.  

This workshop invites a series of both early career and experienced researchers and lecturers in Modern Languages to reflect on how they have engaged with ethnography in their research and/or teaching practices. Discussions will focus on how these approaches can be more effectively supported and developed, and how they complement and enter into productive dialogue with more established areas of Modern Languages research, such as literary and cultural studies.


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This event is organised by the Translating Cultures theme and the Open World Research Initiative Cross-Language Dynamics translingual strand. You can find out more about the project by visiting our website or following us on Twitter.



Jo Bradley
020 7862 8833