Language Acts and Worldmaking

Lead Research Organisation: King's College London
Department Name: Spanish, Portuguese and Latin Am Studies

Abstract

'Language Acts and Worldmaking' argues that language is a material and historical force, not a transparent vehicle for thought. Language empowers us, by enabling us to construct our personal, local, transnational and spiritual identities; it can also constrain us, by carrying unexamined ideological baggage. This dialectical process we call 'worldmaking'. If one language gives us a sense of place, of belonging, learning another helps us move across time and place, to encounter and experience other ways of being, other histories, other realities. Thus, our project challenges a widely held view about ML learning. While it is commonly accepted that languages are vital in our globalised world, it is too often assumed that language learning is merely a neutral instrument of globalisation-a commercialised skill set, one of those 'transferable skills' that are part of a humanities education. Yet ML learning is a unique form of cognition and critical engagement. Learning a language means recognising that the terms, concepts, beliefs and practices that are embedded in it possess a history, and that that history is shaped by encounters with other cultures and languages. To regenerate and transform ML we must foreground language's power to shape how we live, and realise the potential of ML learning to open pathways between worlds past and present.
Our project realises this potential by breaking down the standard disciplinary approaches that constrain Spanish and Portuguese within the boundaries of national literary and cultural traditions. We promote research that explores the vast multilingual and multicultural terrain constituted by the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds, with their global empires and contact zones in Europe, the Americas, and Africa. Understanding Iberia as both the originator and the product of global colonising movements places Iberian Studies on a comparative, transnational axis and emphasizes diasporic identities, historic postcolonial thinking, modern decolonial movements and transcultural exchange.
Our research follows five paths linked by an interest in the movement of peoples and languages across time and place. 'Travelling concepts' researches the stories and vocabularies that construct Iberia as a cultural crossroads, a border between East and West, a homeland for Jews, Muslims and Christians. We examine the ideological work performed by the cultural semantics Iberia, Al-Andalus, and Sefarad in Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German, Arabic, Hebrew and ladino (Judeo-Spanish), from the Middle Ages to the present, in Europe and beyond. 'Translation acts' turns to the theatrical narrative, investigating how words, as performed speech and embodied language create a world on stage. Through translation, we travel across time and space, interrogating the original words and bringing them to our time and place. This strand exploits theatre's capacity to (re)generate known and imagined worlds. 'Digital Modelling as an act of translation' examines the effects of digital, mobile and networked technology upon our concept of 'global' culture, and what kinds of 'translation' are enacted as information enters and leaves the digital sphere in the context of Hispanic and Lusophone cultures. 'Loaded Meanings and their history' demonstrates the centrality of historical linguistics to cultural understanding, by investigating the process and significance of the learned borrowings in Ibero-Romance. Such borrowings acquire 'loaded' meanings that reflect and shape people's attitudes and worldviews. Finally, the agents of language learning-teachers-are the focus of the fifth strand, 'Diasporic Identities and the Politics of Language Teaching'. This strand analyzes the life stories of native teachers of Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan to identify the vocabularies and narrative patterns that help them make sense of and interrogate their professional and personal identities as transnational cultural agents in the UK.

Planned Impact

Teachers and Students. Through our strategic partnerships, we will influence the professional development of teachers, contribute to thinking about the curriculum from primary to tertiary levels, develop learning materials and resources, and advise on appropriate assessment for the new approaches. Our research will raise awareness of issues faced by language teachers (involving teachers directly in the research) and enable them to better negotiate their professional identities. At university level, we will raise the profile of teachers in Modern Language Centres, seeking to remove hierarchies between research and teaching staff.
We will maximise our impact on students by working with partners who are dedicated to improving ML learning in London schools. We will provide enhanced student learning experiences, involve students in research, and raise students' awareness of the benefits of a ML degree. Students will take part in innovative widening participation activity, including theatre workshops that relate the research to their own experiences. At university level, first-year undergraduates (in the UK and abroad) will benefit from the development of a Global Iberias textbook that will demonstrate the importance of a global approach to ML.
Civil Society Groups. We will engage a wide variety of civil society groups in our work, in particular faith groups (including elderly people of faith) in London. These will engage with the research through workshops-including theatre workshops. The research will build on Vakil's earlier work on Islamophobia, engaging Muslim civil society groups in the UK and abroad (including Turkey) and ensuring that simplistic perceptions are challenged.
Cultural Practitioners. Our cultural impact will take the shape of cultural outputs (including theatrical performances, an art installation, and an exhibition on the re-imaginings and contemporary resonances of Al-Andalus). These will be generated at the intersection of research and creative practice, engaging sectors that are experiencing the realities of the issues raised by the research. The beneficiaries will be those involved in the creative practice (including teachers and students), as well as our collaborating galleries (including the P21 Gallery for Middle Eastern and Arab art and culture) and theatres (including the Gate Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre) and their audiences.
Business and Commerce. Our beneficiaries will include businesses and their employees. We will develop means of demonstrating the vital role of contemporary ML knowledge and skills for businesses in a global economy. Through the King's MLC, we will collaborate with professionals who are studying ML so that their language needs are better understood and met. The digital humanities strand will identify opportunities for closer engagement between cultural practitioners and the commercial sector in language-based research, in areas such as data curation, visualisation and publishing.
Policymakers: Our impact on policy debates will be maximised through our White Papers. We will influence ML teaching policy, raising the profile of language teachers and drawing attention to the challenges that they face. We expect other policy impacts in, for example, the area of the UK's digital infrastructure for ML research, benefiting both digital users and providers, and in the area of inter-faith dialogue and understanding.
The Public. We will demonstrate to the public the vitality of contemporary ML research through our open-facing research environment. Our website will involve the public in all aspects of the research and will host blogs, podcasts and public lectures. Social media will be used to actively seek out groups who might be interested in the research. Our partner BBC Mundo's extensive social network will enable us to disseminate our research across the Spanish-speaking world, and Mundo will also work with us on developing stories for media broadcasts.

Publications

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Title Out of the Wings Play Readings 
Description Series of play readings emerging from the Out of the Wings group, now working in the Translation Acts strand of Language Acts and Worldmaking. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Dissemination of new play writing in Spanish and Portuguese to industry professionals. 
URL http://www.outofthewingsfestival.com
 
Title Rehearsed Reading: Karl Marx, Year Zero, by Benjamín Galemiri 
Description A rehearsed reading of a new play by Chilean dramatist Benjamín Galemiri, in collaboration with Head for Heights Theatre Company and British Council Chile. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The premiere of a new translation of the most recent play by leading Latin American playwright Benjamín Galemiri. 
URL http://headforheights.org.uk/
 
Title The Songs of Songs: Solomon, Rumi, and St. John of the Cross 
Description The event was organised in association with the British Academy and SOAS Conference Faces of the Infinite - Neoplatonism and Poetics at the Confluence of Africa, Asia and Europe. The audience of some 180 persons included the speakers and delegates of the conference many of whom had come from abroad, as well as SOAS students and members of the general public who had reserved places through Eventbrite where the concert had been advertised. The poetic texts sung and recited during the evening were directly relevant to the topics discussed at the conference. The event therefore proved to be a meaningful counterpart to the academic papers, to the extent that some participants considered it to be the highlight of the entire conference. This concert was part funded by the project as part of the small grants scheme. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The general audience also reacted warmly and showered the performers with applause. At the end several people came up to the organiser and said this was one of the best musical events they had ever attended. They were clearly moved by the music and the message conveyed by the texts chosen from Jewish, Christian and Muslim sources. 
URL https://languageacts.org/events/songs-songs-musical-triptych-texts-king-solomon-jal%C4%81l-al-d%C4%A...
 
Description AHRC additional funding: funding for survey on 'Graduate Provision in Language Learning. A Survey of Provision'
Amount £25,000 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 05/2018
 
Description Collaborate and Engage. Funding for workshop series 'Dramatic Narratives: Language Work in Times of Crisis'.
Amount £1,800 (GBP)
Organisation King's College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2018 
End 06/2018
 
Description Modern Languages Initiatives Fund, travel funding for workshop 'Sepharad: A Travelling Concept'
Amount £600 (GBP)
Organisation King's College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2017 
End 06/2017
 
Description Scholarship fund
Amount £500 (GBP)
Organisation Open University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 04/2018
 
Description Chatter Bags 
Organisation Chatter Bags Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Language Acts and Worldmaking is currently developing ideas for collaboration with Chatter Bags. The project team will be working with Chatter Bags to develop possibilities to encompass their design concept into events and outputs from the project. The project will bring with it new ideas for possible entry points for social interaction and the sharing of experiences, drawn from the research work and activities of each research strand.
Collaborator Contribution Chatter Bags brings a new and adaptive social and communication tool to the project, as well as experience in different ways that new connections between individuals can be catalysed. Chatter Bags bring expertise in social marketing and engagement, as well as a commitment to the shared aims of both projects.
Impact No outputs or outcomes to date.
Start Year 2017
 
Description ML teacher's exploratory practice 
Organisation Regent's University London
PI Contribution We organised and hosted a workshop for ML teachers in HEIs in London entitled Exploratory Practice for Continuing Professional Development.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner delivered the Exploratory Practice for Continuing Professional Development workshop.
Impact • Participants became familiar with the theoretical and principled framework of Exploratory Practice • Participants were able to expand professional networks within partner institutions and collaborators in the project • Participants were able to identify a research area of professional interest
Start Year 2017
 
Description ML teachers' digital skills development 
Organisation European Centre for Modern Languages
PI Contribution We organised and hosted a workshop for ML teachers in HEIs in London entitled Online teaching skills for modern languages.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner delivered the Online teaching skills for modern languages workshop.
Impact • Development of practitioners' skills in the use of online elements in language teaching and research (face-to-face, blended and fully online courses). • Enhancement of practitioners' awareness of the need for self-training and continuing professional development in the area of integrating Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in their teaching and research practice
Start Year 2017
 
Description Mapping Language Provision in Modern Languages Departments 
Organisation Association of University Language Centres
PI Contribution We are leading the design and distribution of an online survey in collaboration with our partners.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have contributed to the design and distribution of the online survey.
Impact National Online Survey on Language Provision in Modern Languages Departments
Start Year 2017
 
Description Mapping Language Provision in Modern Languages Departments 
Organisation The British Academy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are leading the design and distribution of an online survey in collaboration with our partners.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have contributed to the design and distribution of the online survey.
Impact National Online Survey on Language Provision in Modern Languages Departments
Start Year 2017
 
Description Mapping Language Provision in Modern Languages Departments 
Organisation University Council of Modern Languages (UCML)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are leading the design and distribution of an online survey in collaboration with our partners.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have contributed to the design and distribution of the online survey.
Impact National Online Survey on Language Provision in Modern Languages Departments
Start Year 2017
 
Description Migration Museum Project 
Organisation Migration Museum Project
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Language Acts and Worldmaking are exploring ways to collaborate with the Migration Museum Project, both as a whole and via individual Research Strands. The foci and aims of the Migration Museum Project resonate with those of Language Acts and Worldmaking, allowing for multiple points of collaboration. Language Acts and Worldmaking will become part of the Migration Museums Network (http://migrationmuseum.org/the-migration-museums-network/) via planned gallery exhibitions and other cultural outputs.
Collaborator Contribution The Migration Museum Project plans to create the UK's first dedicated Migration Museum and to tell the story of movement into and out of the UK in a fresh and engaging way. The Language Acts and Worldmaking project will benefit directly from the Museum's expertise and wider network in the development of the project's planned activities, helping to enhance outputs and maximise impact. This collaboration also hopes to develop further activities and events, widening the scope of both projects.
Impact No outputs or outcomes to date.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Mothertongue 
Organisation Mothertongue
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Language Acts and Worldmaking is exploring areas of collaboration with Mothertongue. The research project with both explore the experiences and needs of those offering multilingual counselling services, as practitioners of modern languages in contemporary society. This research work will then feed back into the work done by the service and offer other areas of interaction and collaboration. The project will also aim to give such individuals and services a voice in its work with diverse audiences, including policy makers.
Collaborator Contribution Mothertongue is a culturally sensitive, professional counselling and listening service where people are heard with respect in their chosen language. The experiences of those using modern languages in the world, in specialist, public services, will be integral in informing both research work and core messages delivered by the project.
Impact No outputs or outcomes to date.
Start Year 2017
 
Description The SHM Foundation (http://shmfoundation.org/) 
Organisation The SHM Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution A number of challenges have been established with a dedicated group of modern languages students, through which the students relate the work in our research strands to real global problems and identify the specific ways in which Modern Language learning and scholarship can inform thinking. Members of our project team have worked with our Student Advisory Board to establish and develop these 'Think Pieces', with current work focussing on: Rehumanising Work; Digital Saturation; Translating in Single Language; Isolation and Communication.
Collaborator Contribution The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts. The Foundation aims to provide communities and individuals with the practical tools they need to develop innovative solutions. Working with the Language Acts and Worldmaking Student Advisory Board and project team, The SHM Foundation is supporting the production of the 'Think Pieces' detailed above, which will be published and presented to key players in different fields.
Impact No outputs or outcomes to date.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Workshops on creativity and language learning in primary schools 
Organisation Write Inspired Ltd
PI Contribution Translation Acts knowledge and expertise of running language and translation workshops helped developed a workshop run by Write Inspired with primary school children.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise in working with primary children.
Impact Play @ Languages @ King's: a workshop run in collaboration with a Language Acts and Worldmaking small grants funded project and Write Inspired - November 2017.
Start Year 2017
 
Description The Songs of Songs: Solomon, Rumi, and St. John of the Cross 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The event was organised in association with the British Academy and SOAS Conference Faces of the Infinite - Neoplatonism and Poetics at the Confluence of Africa, Asia and Europe. The audience of some 180 persons included the speakers and delegates of the conference many of whom had come from abroad, as well as SOAS students and members of the general public who had reserved places through Eventbrite where the concert had been advertised.
The poetic texts sung and recited during the evening were directly relevant to the topics discussed at the conference. The event therefore proved to be a meaningful counterpart to the academic papers, to the extent that some participants considered it to be the highlight of the entire conference.

The general audience also reacted warmly and showered the performers with applause. At the end several people came up to the organiser and said this was one of the best musical events they had ever attended. They were clearly moved by the music and the message conveyed by the texts chosen from Jewish, Christian and Muslim sources.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://languageacts.org/events/songs-songs-musical-triptych-texts-king-solomon-jal%C4%81l-al-d%C4%A...
 
Description Thomas Tallis school visit and workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A visit from A Level students from a London school. Students were introduced to the campus, took part in a short workshop on language learning processes of enquiry that introduced them to Language Acts and Worldmaking, and asked question about life at university. These are students who are thinking about studying languages at university, but who may not think they could apply to a 'Russell Group' university. The intended purpose is to create an environment in which secondary school pupils from a wide range of schools can experience that it is to study a language at university.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Austria in Transit: Displacement and the Nation State' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The funding received from the project's small grants scheme was used to contribute to the running costs of a major international workshop which took place in the Council Room at Kings from 31 August - 2 September 2017. The workshop attracted twenty-three speakers to examine cultural responses from the Austrian context to issues of transit and the place of the nation state in an era of mass international displacement. Its contributions focused on responses to the current refugee crisis, as well as offering historical and comparative perspectives on questions of human displacement and mass migration in the Austrian context. Participants came from institutions across the UK, Germany and Austria, Belgium, the United States and Canada.

Selected papers will appear in the twenty-sixth issue of the Austrian Studies. Austrian Studies is a peer-reviewed yearbook published in English under the auspices of the Modern Humanities Research Association. The special issue will examine cultural responses from the Austrian context to issues of transit and the place of the nation state in an era of mass international displacement.
The workshop has led to invitations to collaborate with a number of the international academics involved, as well as consolidating existing relationships with UK cultural institutions such as the Institute for Contemporary Arts and the Austrian Cultural Forum. Invitations have been received from both the ICA and the ACF to moderate public screenings and readings during November and December 2017, and plans for future related events with academics, artists and UK cultural institutions which are scheduled for April 2018 and early 2019 are in progress. Several of the artists been in touch to invite the organiser to review forthcoming exhibitions and films.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://languageacts.org/events/austria-transit-displacement-and-nation-state/
 
Description Between partition and translations: Reviving Andalusian visions at the turn of the twentieth century Palestine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This seminar was an outcome of the first research event, given by Professor Cohen. One of the participants in that event, the postdoctoral researchers, Dr Yuval Evri (SOAS) discovered that his research fed into our line of inquiry. We invited him to report on his current project on Jewish/ Muslim relations in early XXc Palestine which were mediated by memories of cultural exchange in medieval Iberia. His talk opened up a new line of inquiry for us.

The talk revealed synergy between Dr Yuval's research into the uses of medieval narratives and our own, particularly on the reception of the fable collection Calila and Dimna (the subject of our Postdoctoral researcher, Dr Rachel Scott). We have now invited Dr Evri apply to King's for a Leverhulme scholarship and to collaborate in out forthcoming conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.languageacts.org/events/between-partitions-and-translations-reviving-andalusian-visions-...
 
Description Cultismos en español: nuevas perspectivas sobre un tema conocido 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Lecture by Prof Chris Pountain at Universitat Jaume I, Castellón to approximately 90 undergraduate students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Exploratory Practice for Continuing Professional Development 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A 3-hour workshop by Regent's University MLF teachers around poster presentations on teachers investigating their own teaching puzzles in order to develop a better understanding of their classroom practice.
The intended purpose of this workshop was for participants to learn about the Language Teacher Research project conducted at Regent's University by Dr Assia Rolls based on the Exploratory Practice method. Teachers also had an opportunity to think about their own teaching puzzle in order to develop a better understanding of their classroom practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://languageacts.org/events/exploratory-practice-continuing-professional-development/
 
Description Festival of Translation Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The activity engaging school pupils in thinking about translating cultures through theatre, using their learned and innate languages skills.
The intended outcomes are to have a lasting impact on process of language learning through rethinking the language used to engage pupils.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Festival of Translation and Performance 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This was a workshop for school pupils from Year 10 - Year 13 based on using theatre translation as a means of thinking about language learning and cultural engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description French and Spanish GCSE teacher training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A series of French and Spanish GCSE training seminars have taken place. These are designed for recently qualified and experienced language teachers who will be teaching French and Spanish at GCSE level. Course objectives include:

• Increasing oral and written communicative skills in Spanish
• Developing a deeper understanding of Spanish language structures
• Developing strategies to support students' progress through formative assessment
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://languageacts.org/language-transitions/school-curricula/
 
Description From Practice to Research in Modern Languages Workshop (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 13 January the co-investigators of the Diasporic identities research strand, Dr Inma Alvarez, Dr Lluisa Astruc and Dr Matilde Gallardo, organised a workshop at partner institution King's College London. The objectives of the workshop were to offer training in research methods, facilitate networking and encourage collaborative research among language practitioners. The workshop also aimed at collecting initial baseline data from participants via a short questionnaire, a narrative and focus groups. The workshop lasted a whole day and included a Keynote speech on teacher and learner autonomy, three sessions on research methods (Action Research, Mixed methods research and Ethics), and four sessions reporting on research in modern languages conducted using different methods and approaches. It was attended by 51 academics teaching and researching in Modern Languages.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Global Iberias Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The overall aim of the Workshop is the design of a first year introductory curriculum which a) bridges the traditional disciplinary divides in the academic study of Portuguese, Brazilian and Lusophone African Studies, and Spanish, Hispanic and Latin American Studies degrees; b) provides a foundation for further study in both, either, or other combined studies degrees; c) manages the transition from A level to Higher Education study; d) addresses the multi and interdisciplinary demands of modern languages study skills and critical approaches; e) closes the gap between the theoretical and critical sophistication of our research and the empirical, survey and nation-based pull of introductory courses.
Key outcomes from the workshop include the brainstorming and identification of the overall conceptual principles of articulating a global approach and practical features of textbook design, layout and active reading. Stakeholding was generated for the project among colleagues. The participants in this event wanted to continue to contribute ideas for curriculum development and to apply our approach in the context of their own institutions. Our own colleagues have planned a follow-up event focussing on Lusophone Africa, and have invited scholars from Portugal, Mozambique, Angola and Guine Bissau to a second workshop entitled: Global Iberias, Lusophone African Perspectives. Partnerships in Teaching, Curriculum Development & Knowledge Exchange. This will take place on March 12 and will be described in subsequent reports.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://languageacts.org/events/global-iberias-workshop/
 
Description International workshop: 'Islam and Judaism in the cultural memory of Spain and Portugal, c. 1492-1680: New lines of research' Coloquio internacional: 'Islam y Judaísmo en la memoria cultural de España y Portugal, c. 1492-1680: nuevas líneas de investigación' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop examined the role of book censorship, publication history, and literary representation in a variety of genres, in order to explore the often-contradictory uses to which the legacies of Islam and Judaism were put in the early modern Iberian monarchies.
This is the first in a series of events organized in collaboration with the Seminario de poética europea del renacimiento.
The primary aim was to develop our research into Al-Andalus and Sepharad as 'travelling concepts' that began with the Julia Phillips Cohen workshop. However, although this event focussed on modes of censorship and cultural control in book production, it had a different chronological and ideological scope. It considered case studies in the representation of Islam as well as Judaism in the early modern Hispanic and Lusophone worlds. The languages were Latin, Spanish, and Portuguese. The participants learned how to consider the legacies of Islam and Judaism together, rather than as separate elements of cultural history. We also learned about new primary evidence (the texts that were the case studies were little known works, unedited or marginalized from the canon). The event consolidated a partnership with the Barcelona research group. Future collaborations include: organization of colloquia and workshops with new groups and applications from Spanish colleagues to join our research team under visiting scholars schemes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.languageacts.org/events/islam-and-judaism-cultural-memory-spain-and-portugal-c-1492-1680...
 
Description Keynote address by Prof. Chris Pountain to Fourth Colloquium on Innovation in Modern Languages, Cardiff University: Modern Foreign Languages as an academic discipline: thoughts, fears and challenges 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A talk to around 60 professional practitioners and policy makers. Led to discussion on modern languages as a university discipline and on teaching methodologies. A version of the talk will be published in a collected volume of keynote addresses from this series of meetings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/events/view/4th-colloquium-on-innovation-in-modern-languages-education/
 
Description King's Arts & Humanities Festival 2017 - Languages in service around the world: BBC Panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this panel discussion, BBC broadcasters discussed the complexities of language use in international broadcasting, and how different language services offered by the BBC World Service have influenced the languages in which they broadcast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://languageacts.org/events/bbc-panel/
 
Description King's Arts & Humanities Festival 2017 - The World Beyond Language, a Portuguese Approach 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This event involved a series of short readings, in both Portuguese and English, followed by a lecture by renowned author Lídia Jorge, with a short question and answer session to close. The focus of this talk was how languages make us different and show our differences to others. The audience showed an interest in the project and being involved in future activities, and many signed up to the mailing list.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://languageacts.org/events/world-beyond-language-portuguese-approach/
 
Description King's Arts & Humanities Festival 2017 - Worldmaking on Stage: Interactive theatre workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact In this interactive theatre workshop, participants explored the many ways in which we communicate across different languages, as well as within a shared language. Participants showed an interest in being involved in future project events and signed up to the project mailing list.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://languageacts.org/events/worldmaking-stage-interactive-theatre-workshop/
 
Description Language Acts and Worldmaking Debates: Traversing Traditions, Opening Opportunities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Language Acts and Worldmaking round-table Debates Series has been conceived by Cristina Ros i Solé (Goldsmiths, University of London) for Language Acts and Worldmaking to foster a dialogue on the connections, divergences and identities of well-established traditions in Modern Languages and Language Education. As a major element of the Language Transitions strand, the series focuses in particular on the synergies and fissures between Language Education across educational sectors and the humanities, as well as seeking to investigate new openings and possibilities for the future. This is a three-year programme of debates beginning in the academic year 2017/18, culminating in a collective publication, and takes place at King's College Language Centre and at other Language Acts and Worldmaking partner and collaborating institutions.
We have defined these 'Language Transitions' as 'border zones of learning' between stages that often become more of an hindrance than a stepping stone for so many language learners, whatever their level. The aim in the Debates is therefore to establish connections and create new directions for existing provision and for educational sectors in order to discuss how to foster dialogue, create smoother transitions and re-energise the field by examining current concerns and pedagogies in the field.
It is too soon for impacts from an on-going Debate Series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://languageacts.org/language-transitions/language-acts-and-worldmaking-debates-traversing-tradi...
 
Description Mapping Multilingualism and Digital Culture 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Mapping Multilingualism and Digital Culture workshop aimed to critically examine the current state of Modern Languages research which is somehow digitally mediated - whether that be in its creation (editing), methods (virtual ethnography; social and cultural analytics; distant reading), transmission (as code), dissemination (digital publishing; visualisation), object of study (as 'data'), infrastructure (digital archives; ecosystems), mobility/mutability or its social dimension (crowdsourcing; social media). It explored how the study of other cultures, their languages, literature, art and history are altered as a result, and what this means for researching (and learning) modern languages. The workshop brought together a range of academics, digital practitioners and cultural sector respondents to study the challenges and opportunities in merging digital and non-digital methods into an approach which integrates critical thinking, humanities-based interpretative skills, creativity and digitally mediated knowledge production.
A number of Guest Blogs have been created as a result of the event. Video/audio from the event has been posted on the project website. Contributors will later be asked to submit versions of their papers to an edited volume covering various DM events
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://languageacts.org/digital-mediations/event/mapping-multilingualism-and-digital-culture/
 
Description MotherTongue Workshop: What studying modern languages teaches you about the human condition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This student workshop was led by Beverly D'Costa from Mothertongue. The aim of the workshop was to uncover and to articulate the competencies and skills developed, studying for a degree in Modern Languages, which relate to the world, to work and to personal and professional relationships. Student showed an interest in the project and being involved in future activities and signed up to the project mailing list.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://languageacts.org/blog/modern-languages-skills-personal-professional-relationships/
 
Description Object-Stories 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The project engaged with two generations of British Chinese women.
The first generation of women engaged with 8 months of art workshops where they visualised their migratory experiences through art making. These workshops were delivered as bi-lingual between Cantonese and English and the women developed their language and art making skills. Furthermore, these workshops inspired discussions about what it means to be a British Chinese women.
For the second generation, the context of the art workshops created links amongst the women and subsequently some of the women have gone on to exhibit their own art work, where other women in the workshops have been invited as well. These workshops were a space for the women to discuss their experiences as second generation women and their cultural hybridity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://languageacts.org/blog/object-stories/
 
Description Online teaching skills for modern languages 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This two-day workshop provided an opportunity to try out online tools that can support the teaching of languages in different contexts and how we can research this.
The intended purpose of this activity was teacher development of skills in the use of online elements in language teaching and research (face-to-face, blended and fully online courses). Enhancement of practitioners' awareness of the need for self-training and continuing professional development in the area of integrating Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in their teaching and research practice was also an intended purpose.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://languageacts.org/events/online-skills-modern-language-practitioners/
 
Description Out of the Wings Play Readings 2017 - July 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The intended outcome is to present new plays in translation from Spanish and Portuguese into English in order to introduce them to theatre practitioners and programmers in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://ootwfestival.com/
 
Description Paper by Bozena Wislocka Breit to 46th Annual Meeting of the Romance Linguistics Seminar, Cambridge. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Paper by Bozena Wislocka Breit at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Romance Linguistics Seminar, Cambridge to approximately 35 academic specialists: "Los corpus españoles online, diacrónicos y sincrónicos, como herramienta para la determinación de las etapas de adopción de tres neologismos cinematográficos de carácter culto: cameo, multicine y precuela". Unquantifiable impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Paper by Prof. Chris Pountain to Annual Conference of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland: How learnèd words become popular 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Paper by Prof. Chris Pountain to Annual Conference of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland: 'How learnèd words become popular'. The outcomes or impacts that have arisen are unquantifiable.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.hispanists.org.uk
 
Description Paper by Professor Chris Pountain to 46th Annual Meeting of the Romance Linguistics Seminar, Cambridge: The statistics of learnèd borrowings 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Paper by Prof. Chris Pountain. to 46th Annual Meeting of the Romance Linguistics Seminar, Cambridge: 'The statistics of learnèd borrowings'. Unquantifiable impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Play @ Languages @ King's 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 19 primary school children visited King's Learning Centre on 3/11/2017 for a workshop with Phil Davis of Write Inspired to investigate personal agency and language learning through sound, movement and narrative. The children, class teacher and facilitators reported an increase in children's creative focus and engagement in writing, and follow-up workshops are currently being scheduled.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Plenary Lecture by Prof C Boyle and Prof D Kelly 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Plenary session delivering lecture Catherine Boyle 'Translating of the Dramatic Languages of Migration and the Processes of Worldmaking on Stage and in the Classroom' at the Transnational Modern Languages, 2nd - 3rd December 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Pre-Texts Workshops (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Active internationally since 2007, Pre-Texts is an artist/educator training program that combines high-order literacy, innovation, and citizenship. In this Pre-Texts Workshop, participants engaged in a series of activities based around a single, challenging text. These activities moved beyond a direct reading of the text, involving image making, bodily movement, sound, and discussion. These activities gave participants the space within which to respond personally with the given piece of writing and feel more able to reengage with it on their own terms, breaking down barriers between readers and texts perceived as difficult or impenetrable. Participants were also asked to reflect on the process and viewing it beyond the particular task undertaken.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation by Prof. Chris Pountain to Westminster Forum on the Future of Modern Languages in Higher Education 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A short talk to around 60 professional practitioners and policy makers / politicians. Led to discussion on modern languages as a university discipline. Transcript distributed to attendees and other interested parties.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/conferences/westminster-higher-education-forum
 
Description Remembering Sepharad: History, Memory, Politics - Research Seminar with Professor Julia Phillips Cohen (Vanderbilt) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Julia Phillips Cohen circulated in advance an outline of her current research project on the cultural identity of Sephardic Jews' and the memories of their ties to Spain. She focussed on the XIXc and early XXc, and examined texts in Judeo-Spanish from the Ottoman Empire. After summarising her own paper, she engaged in discussion with colleagues from multiple disciplines and departments with a view to rethinking how we construct Spanish, Portuguese and Jewish Studies.
This event was the first in a series of events that are designed to open up Hispanic and Lusophone studies to transnational and interdisciplinary approaches, and to create networks of scholars interested in similar aims.
The event's principal impact was to identify colleagues from other universities and disciplines who share our objectives and are willing to exchange ideas and information of mutual interest. For example, Professor Cohen's paper provoked a response that served as the platform for discussion in a later event held at Oxford (see below). The participants learned how important it is to include Sephardic experience as a way of restructuring and enriching our understanding of cultural change on a transnational transhistorical basis. One of the participants, Dr Yuval Evri (SOAS) how wants to join out team as a postdoctoral scholar and we have applied with him for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. We will continue to work with Professor Cohen (Vanderbilt U) to develop international links.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://languageacts.org/blog/sefarad-travelling-between-disciplines/
 
Description Researching Modern Languages: Finding your voice 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The event consisted of a Public Speaking Workshop led by Klaus-Dieter Rossade (OU) from 10:00 to 12:30 in the morning, followed by a Presentations Seminar from 13:30 to 16:30 in the afternoon. The event was organised by Inma Álvarez (OU; DI Strand Lead), Lluïsa Astruc (OU; DI Strand Lead), Matilde Gallardo (KCL) and Carlos Montoro (OU), with support from Hannah Tattersall (KCL) and Samantha Davage (OU). Out of 20 responses, the event's organisation, venue, facilities and timing of activities were evaluated with a score of 4.9 out of 5 overall. 95% of attendees thought the event had been useful or very useful.
Participants had the opportunity to develop their public speaking skills by presenting their research proposals and receiving instant feedback. The event was also an opportunity to strengthen networking ties. We also collected ideas for future events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://languageacts.org/diasporic-identities/diasporic-idenetities-events/researching-modern-langua...
 
Description Sepharad: A Travelling Concept 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This one-day international colloquium explores the ways in which Sephardic identity was constructed by Jews and Christians following the diaspora of Spanish and Portuguese Jews in the late 1490s. Ranging from the XVIc to the present, we address such issues as: the meaning of 'Sefarad' as a 'travelling concept'; early modern ideas of 'the Hebrew nation' or the 'Hebrew Republic' and their political uses; the textual and oral production of Sephardic cultural identity.
This was the third in a sequence of activities that began with Julia Phillips Cohen's workshop. The purpose was to continue to explore the range of possible approaches to integrating disciplines and research fields related to Hispanic, Lusophone and Jewish studies, through a multidisciplinary approach. We raised awareness of the overlap between scholars in history, comparative literature, Spanish and Jewish Studies. Several participants continue to collaborate with plans for follow-up meetings and activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://languageacts.org/events/sepharad-travelling-concept/
 
Description So you think you've got problems: how posh words become ordinary 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talks by Prof. Chris Pountain at King's College School, Wimbledon to around 20 sixth form pupils in modern languages and classics and at Bexley Grammar School: to around 15 pupils in modern languages, classics and philosophy from Year 10 upwards. Led to discussion on etymology and the use of words in modern languages and to extensive questions on languages and linguistics at university level and on methods employed in modern humanities research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://webspace.qmul.ac.uk/cjpountain/schools.htm
 
Description Taxonomía cromática utilizada por dos fabricantes de coches de gama alta, su etimología, sus connotaciones y el aprovechamiento en la enseñanza del español a nivel B2-C1 (MCERL) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation during the Tarragona conference. The most significant outcomes were the updating and diversification of teaching methods; a new way of learning Spanish colour adjectives and becoming aware of diverse socio-cultural English and Spanish linguistic idiosyncrasies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.aselered.org/noticias/programa-del-xxviii-congreso-internacional-de-asele
 
Description The Waiwai Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The activity co-organised with the British Museum entailed two talks (attended by 25 and 60 respectively) and visits to the storerooms of the British Museum, during which over 200 objects were consulted. One of the outcomes was the acquisition of new artworks by the British Museum and the beginning of a discussion about commisioning a new piece and the organization of an exhibition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://languageacts.org/events/waiwai-indigenous-perspective/
 
Description The inaugural David Crystal Lecture: 'The Language of Hatred' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Inaugural David Crystal Lecture given by Dr Lid King, was arranged in collaboration between the Chartered Institute of Linguists, the University of Westminster and Language Acts and Worldmaking. The lecture was entitled 'The Language of Hate' and was held at the University of Westminster. The lecture was attended by approximately 150 professional practitioners and the general public. The talk led to discussion on the role of modern languages in secondary and higher education and emotively charged use of language.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ciol.org.uk/language-of-hate-lecture
 
Description Translation Workshop 3 - July-Dec 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact These workshops focused on developing and sharing methodologies for translation and performance. The intended purpose is to create spaces for active engagement with questions of translation as a process that has multiple agents. The theatre translation process is perfect for this line of activity,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017