Researching Multilingually: Possibilities and Complexities

Researching Multilingually: Possibilities and Complexities
10 July 2020, 11.00am - 4.00pm
Research Training

Sara Ganassin and Judith Reynolds (workshop co-ordinators)

▪ Am I allowed to include literature in Turkish?
▪ What if I conduct my interviews in Mandarin but have to write all my thesis
in English?
▪ If I include data in Hindi, how will this affect my word count? How will the
thesis be examined?
▪ Do I transcribe first then translate, or the other way round?

If you encounter one or more of these questions in your research then this workshop
is for you!

In this online event, we will draw on the experiences and reflections of researchers
involved with the AHRC-funded projects:
(AH/J005037/1) and
(AH/L006936/1), and associated research, to explore the possibilities for and
complexities of what we term “researching multilingually”—how researchers draw
on their own linguistic resources, and those of others, when undertaking research
involving more than one language.
Through a combination of preparatory activities and ‘live’ workshop-style
discussions, we will be inviting you, our workshop participants, to explore and apply
these insights to your own research projects. Our aim is to support your developing
researcher awareness with regard to your practices of researching multilingually. In
this way, with you, we will be working towards a more clearly articulated
‘researching multilingually’ methodology.

The overall objectives of the workshop are to:

• introduce participants to the possibilities for and complexities of researching multilingually 
• invite participants to consider ethical and other issues where research involving more than one language is concerned
• support participants as they develop their confidence and competence when researching multilingually
• offer participants the space to reflect on their own ‘researching multilingually’ practice

Preparatory activities (2-3 hrs)
To be completed in the participant’s own time in advance of the live workshop.
Materials will be made available to participants one week in advance of the event.

1. Two pre-readings: Holmes, Fay, Andrews and Attia, 2016; Ganassin and
Holmes, 2019.

2. Introductory lecture: An introduction to “researching multilingually”. What
are the possibilities for and complexities of researching multilingually? This
session is an introduction to the concept of “researching multilingually” and
its underpinning research. To be viewed online.

3. Case study reading and reflection: Reading of one allocated case study of
researcher experiences with researching multilingually, and individual
reflection on the case study through responding to some prompt questions.
These will form the basis of discussion in the live workshop.

Live workshop (10th July, 11am – 4pm, including breaks)

Interactive Session A 11.00am – 1.00pm
• Welcome and introductions
• Aims and goals for the workshop
• Facilitated group discussions of the Case Studies - developing researching
multilingually awareness, and encouraging reflection on applying researching
multilingually processes and practices

15 mins break

• Live case study presentation from Judith, plus discussion and Q&A
• Explanation of the independent task “Researching multilingually in your own
project” (to be completed during the break, before Interactive Session B)
• Further Q&A time, and closing of Session A

BREAK (2hrs)

Interactive Session B 3.00pm – 4.00pm
• Welcome back and introduction to Session B
• Facilitated discussion of and reflection on the independent task “Researching
multilingually in your own project”
• Summary and signposting to further resources
• Further Q&A time, and closing of Session B

Numbers are limited so do register in advance to secure a place.



Kremena Velinova
020 7664 4884