On 22 June 2017, Claire, Thea and Tori participated in a workshop on ‘Mapping Multilingualism and Digital Culture‘ at Kings College London, organised by Language Acts, one of the AHRC Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) projects.
In the morning, Claire gave a keynote talk on ‘Digital Culture and Re-thinking Modern Languages’, and Tori participated in a panel discussion on ‘what implications do digital culture & technology have for the future of modern languages research?’, together with Guyda Armstrong (University of Manchester) and Inma Alvarez (The Open University). In the afternoon, Thea participated in a panel, giving a presentation on ‘The Translingual Dimensions of Research into Indigenous Appropriations of New Media Technologies, in Brazil (and Colombia…)’
The event offered a varied programme, with presentations from a publisher and a digital practitioner as well as academics. In the afternoon, participants split into groups to discuss a set of questions about modern languages and digital culture, and then reported back in a final plenary session.
There was a lively tweetstream of the event, using the hashtag #languageacts, and videos of some sessions are now available on the Language Acts website.
Thanks again to Paul Spence and Renata Brandão at Kings College for organising this stimulating event, and for inviting us to be part of it.