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.

Organisations

 
Title Barrio, a Latinx variety night at the Southwark Playhouse 
Description Barrio, a Latinx variety night, is a central to my practice-based research as a PhD student working with Language Acts and Worldmaking's Translation Acts strand. My thesis proposes live performance as a medium to investigate and theorise on the relationship between people and the places they inhabit away from home. One of Barrio's objectives is therefore to create a live platform for Latin American performance artists and members of minority groups living and working around South London's Elephant and Castle shopping centre in South London. A very successful and well attended Barrio I was followed by Barrio II, on November 3rd 2019, this time in the large space at Southwark Playhouse. Barrio I and II showcased the work of artists Cruz María Vallespir and Wendy Torres (stage design and embroidered banners for Barrio II) as well as Meg Peterson's portraits of local traders of activists working in Elephant and Castle (Barrio I and II). Meg Peterson's project, 21 Artists, is dedicated to exploring and documenting social change. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact In both occasions, Barrio was able to collaborate with a wide range of participants, including local dance groups (Saint Gabriel's College) and charities like LAWRS's No Limits project (Sin Fronteras), a creative-based initiative for Latin American girls and young women. The feedback I received from the No Limits project in particular was extremely encouraging. The girls and their project leader valued their involvement immensely and expressed an interest for similar events to follow in the near future. A third Barrio is expected to take place in September/ October 2020, also in collaboration with Southwark Playhouse (dtc). 
URL https://languageacts.org/blog/barrio/
 
Title Bonds of Interest, by Jacinto Benavente, translated by Catherine Boyle 
Description Full production of Catherine Boyle's translation of Jacinto Benavente's play, Bonds of Interest, by Odyssey Theatre Company, Ottawa, Canada 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Played to full houses in Ottawa for 2 months. Received excellent reviews. Further projected collaborations with Odyssey. Publication intended for the script for further performances. 
URL http://www.odysseytheatre.ca/index.php/shows/the-bonds-of-interest/
 
Title Out of the Wings Festival 2018 
Description The Out of the Wings Festival 2018 was the third festival showcasing the work of the Out of the Wings research group, now integrated into the Translation Act Strand of Language Acts and Worldmaking. Over 5 nights, the Festival produces readings of 5 different plays from 5 different countries all translated into English. It also delivers workshops on theatre translation and related activities, and it holds a one-day forum bringing together academics, theatre practitioners, writers and translators, actors and directors. The aim is to present new work to new audiences and to promote professional productions of theatre in translation. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The Out of the Wings Festival has had notable success in promoting theatre in Spanish and Portuguese, particularly in the area of developing new plays for professional performance, publications and work with professional bodies to develop contracts for translators working in the theatre. 
URL https://ootwfestival.com/
 
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 Play Reading of The Bonds of Interest for Odyssey Theatre, Ottawa Canada 
Description This was a workshop and play reading over one week with Odyssey Theatre, Canada. The goal was to work on the new translation by Catherine Boyle of the Spanish playwright Jacinto Benavente's 1908, The Bonds of Interest. This was a first step to full production, which will happen in August 2019 in Ottawa. There were two further readings of the play in translation in London with professional actors and the director of Odyssey, Laurie Steven. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The most notable impact is the full professional production of the play by Odyssey in August 2019 in Ottawa, Canada. 
URL http://www.odysseytheatre.ca/index.php/events/
 
Title Play Reading, Cervantes Theatre, London 
Description Play reading of Verano en Diciembre / Summer in December by Carolina África Martín, in a new translation by Sophie Stevens. This is part of a cycle of plays by new dramatists from Spain. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The reading will result in a bilingual edition of the play by the publisher Antigona. The enterprise is part of the academic and creative engagement with the Cervantes Theatre as a place for Spanish-language theatre and theatre in translation. 
URL https://www.cervantestheatre.com/home/past-productions/
 
Title Play Reading, Cervantes Theatre, London 
Description This was a play reading of a new translation by Catherine Boyle of Sus ojos abiertos / Her Open Eyes by Spanish playwright Paloma Pedrero at the Cervantes Theatre, London as part of their Spanish Theatre cycle. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The reading will result in a bilingual edition of the play by the publisher Antigona. The enterprise is part of the academic and creative engagement with the Cervantes Theatre as a place for Spanish-language theatre and theatre in translation. 
URL https://www.cervantestheatre.com/home/past-productions/
 
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 Soundshapes installation, Tate Exchange 
Description Diasporic Identities co-produced the Soundshapes installation involving on- and off-line elements at the 2019 edition of the Who are we? Mobility exhibition on migration at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern London. The installation had two areas: 1) a dedicated space with tablets and headphones for listening to sayings in different languages, viewing short films created in 2018 during the collective making of a multilingual coat and headwrap, and answering some questions about their appreciation of languages; 2) an area for multilingual conversations while co-creating a project banner and interacting with the physical garments. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact 500+ people interacted with a dedicated digital platform that raises awareness regarding the value of all languages. Members of the public were invited to answer a set of questions that required them to reflect on their perception of languages, particularly those that they were not familiar with, and their combined answers were displayed on shapes on a big screen. The public also engaged with the symbolic multilingual coat and headwrap, reading it, wearing it, posing in it and having pictures taken. People had also an opportunity to co-create a project banner, while engaging in multilingual conversations with migrant embroiderers. 
URL https://languageacts.org/diasporic-identities/diasporic-idenetities-events/installation-tate-exchang...
 
Title The Eyes of the Night, Paloma Pedrero 
Description Performance by Cervantes Theatre of Catherine Boyle's translation of The Eyes of the Night by Paloma Pedrero. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Played to full houses September - October 2019. New audiences for Spanish drama. Further collaboration planned. Bilingual publication of text to be published in 2020. 
URL https://www.cervantestheatre.com/home/the-eyes-of-the-night/
 
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...
 
Title Worldmaking Threads 
Description During the week of 22-27 May 2018, we invited the drop-in public of the Who are we? exhibition at Tate Exchange (Tate Modern London) to sit at a co-production table and contribute to an interpersonal exchange with language teachers alongside migrant embroiderers and artists with an emphasis on sharing sayings (e.g. "A stitch in time saves nine") and stories across different languages and cultures. The outcome was a series of films and a coat and scarf featuring sayings in multiple languages and maps from various cities across the world co-produced at the artistic installation/workshop. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Hundreds of participants (language teachers, migrant embroiderers, artists and members of the public) reported having changed their views on how much unity can be found in diversity from sharing a space that was convivial and communal in pursuit of creating artistic outputs collectively. 
URL https://languageacts.org/diasporic-identities/diasporic-idenetities-events/tate-exchange-2018-worldm...
 
Description Our work has continued to develop new approaches to research and teaching in Modern Languages in the UK. Some of this has taken the form of reports on the state of certain aspects of the field, for example, language teaching in the HE sector, languages and digital humanities, and language capacity in postgraduate research communities. The project is still in progress, and further information about key findings will be recorded after the end of the project.
Exploitation Route A Centre for Language Acts and Worldmaking has been created in the Arts and Humanities Research Institute, King's College London. This ensures an infrastructure for further research and for engagement with local communities, as well as an international research community.
Sectors Creative Economy,Education,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.languageacts.org
 
Description In the course of the Language Acts and Worldmaking project, we have used our flexible funding to create a small grants scheme. This has provided funding of up to £1500 to more that 70 projects. These have taken place all over the UK and internationally. They have had impact in museums and galleries, creative industries, especially theatre, community cohesion projects, pedagogy at primary and secondary schools, environmental research, minority and endangered languages. These were celebrated in our Worldmaking Fair in June 2019, when small grants holders came together to share their work and develop new networks.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Creative Economy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description All Party Parliamentary Group Report on British Muslims
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://appgbritishmuslims.org/about
 
Description Language Provision in UK Modern Foreign Languages Departments 2019 Survey
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://university-council-modern-languages.org/2019/12/24/ucml-language-acts-report-2019
 
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 Art and Activism in the Digital Age
Amount £4,000 (GBP)
Organisation King's College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 04/2020
 
Description Arts and Humanities Research Institute - Research Centre funding
Amount £4,000 (GBP)
Organisation King's College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
 
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 European Network for Combining Language Learning and Crowdsourcing
Amount € 124,000,000 (EUR)
Funding ID EnetCollect COST Action (CA16105) 
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 11/2019 
End 03/2021
 
Description Gender Charter Mark
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation King's College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 04/2020
 
Description Intergenerational Multilingual Exchange
Amount £4,680 (GBP)
Organisation King's College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
 
Description LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES FOR THE EMPOWERMENT OF LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation King's College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 06/2019
 
Description Language Acts and Worldmaking Laboratories
Amount £4,610 (GBP)
Organisation King's College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2019 
End 06/2020
 
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
 
Title Language Acts and Worldmaking Attitudes towards Digital Culture & Technology in the Modern Languages survey data 
Description This dataset includes the results of a survey carried out in 2018, the first in a series of landscaping exercises cataloguing interactions between digital culture and modern languages. The survey analyses the impact of 'digital' on modern languages across a wide range of factors, including: general digital engagement; digital methods/platforms; digital literacies/pedagogies; and experiences with digital publishing/digital research materials. It captures views from people involved in modern (foreign) languages in various ways (including roles as researcher, learner, teacher, funder, policy-maker, digital practitioner, cultural practitioner or other). Data was submitted randomly, and has been lightly edited to remove any possible identifying features. The response order has also been re-arranged for each question to make it impossible to identify the responses of individuals, again, to avoid identification of respondents. In a few cases we provide extra analysis in addition to the source data, to show our methods in curating the data for analysis. The survey report, published separately from this data, contains further information. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact We believe that this survey is the first to study the connection between modern languages and digital culture & technology in this way. While attitudes to digital have been studied within specific domains (especially in relation to language learning), we lack data about the contrasting attitudes and experiences of language teachers, learners and researchers at school, in higher education and in the commercial world to digital mediations. Meanwhile, general language surveys or policy reports on ML tend to privilege digital 'technology' and instrumental views on the topic, where they mention it at all. We therefore wished to compare and contrast the nature of digital engagement across both language education and research. Our aim was to survey attitudes across different educational levels of language provision - including both 'language' and 'culture' focused content at schools and in higher education - and across different kinds of language research, including engagement outside historic language structures. 
URL https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/en/publications/attitudes-towards-digital-culture-and-technology-in...
 
Title Loaded Meanings Word Records 
Description Philological database 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Only just released - none yet 
URL https://languageacts.org/loaded-meanings/word-records/
 
Description Arts of Storytelling: Ancient Tales for Modern Times 
Organisation East London Textile Arts
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The research of postdoctoral associate Dr Rachel Scott on Kalila wa-Dimna and its transmission forms the basis of these collaborations
Collaborator Contribution Contribution of staff time and expertise, promise of venue space.
Impact Workshop for the Faith & Belief Forum as part of their School Linking Programme and held at the Migration Museum Project; organised with a curator and artist from the P21 Gallery; engaged with two Lambeth primary schools. Two workshops organised with East London Textile Arts as part of the Being Human Festival of the Humanities and held in London Borough of Newham; engaged with a local primary school and members of the general public. Application for Arts Council England funding submitted to fund artistic and community engagement activities organised in collaboration with the aforementioned partners, also based on research by Dr Rachel Scott.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Arts of Storytelling: Ancient Tales for Modern Times 
Organisation Faith & Belief Forum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The research of postdoctoral associate Dr Rachel Scott on Kalila wa-Dimna and its transmission forms the basis of these collaborations
Collaborator Contribution Contribution of staff time and expertise, promise of venue space.
Impact Workshop for the Faith & Belief Forum as part of their School Linking Programme and held at the Migration Museum Project; organised with a curator and artist from the P21 Gallery; engaged with two Lambeth primary schools. Two workshops organised with East London Textile Arts as part of the Being Human Festival of the Humanities and held in London Borough of Newham; engaged with a local primary school and members of the general public. Application for Arts Council England funding submitted to fund artistic and community engagement activities organised in collaboration with the aforementioned partners, also based on research by Dr Rachel Scott.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Arts of Storytelling: Ancient Tales for Modern Times 
Organisation P21 Gallery
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The research of postdoctoral associate Dr Rachel Scott on Kalila wa-Dimna and its transmission forms the basis of these collaborations
Collaborator Contribution Contribution of staff time and expertise, promise of venue space.
Impact Workshop for the Faith & Belief Forum as part of their School Linking Programme and held at the Migration Museum Project; organised with a curator and artist from the P21 Gallery; engaged with two Lambeth primary schools. Two workshops organised with East London Textile Arts as part of the Being Human Festival of the Humanities and held in London Borough of Newham; engaged with a local primary school and members of the general public. Application for Arts Council England funding submitted to fund artistic and community engagement activities organised in collaboration with the aforementioned partners, also based on research by Dr Rachel Scott.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Autonomous University of Barcelona workshops, Re-visioning Iberia 
Organisation Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Re-visioning Iberia: Islam and Judaism in the cultural memory of Spain and Portugal: Workshops and seminars on the cultural legacies and ideological impact of Islam and Judaism in the Spanish and Portuguese speaking worlds with the Seminario de poética europea del Renacimiento at UAB (http://spr.uab.cat/). The most recent partnership was an international workshop on this topic held in King's College London, February 2019. We presented papers on the research conducted under the auspices of Language Acts and Worldmaking.
Collaborator Contribution Co-production, co-participation in and co-hosting of workshops
Impact Multidisciplinary: history, literature, religious studies, anthropology
Start Year 2016
 
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 Global Voices 
Organisation Roundhouse
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Translations Acts strand research is foundational to the work of Global Voices.
Collaborator Contribution Staff expertise; production of events; creation of sustainable theatre in translation events
Impact Emerging from the Language Acts and Worldmaking Small Grants scheme, researchers from the Translation Acts strand have worked with Global Voices Theatre to develop their capacity to put on ground-breaking readings of plays and texts by minoritized voices from across the globe, frequently in translation or multilingual. Through these events Global Voices has already been recognized as an Associated Artist at the Roundhouse Theatre, Camden.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Lambeth Teaching School Alliance 
Organisation Lambeth Teaching Schools' Alliance
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Teacher Training for GCSE/A Level French & Spanish Secondary MFL qualified teachers, with morning sessions delivered in English and comprising a theoretical reflection, with practical examples, on some key aspects of the new GCSE and A level programme, with a focus on the four language skills, on using translation as a teaching tool and on the use and design of authentic teaching material based on the Task-Based Approach to language teaching and learning (30hrs). Afternoon sessions conducted in the target language (Spanish and French) and expanding the content presented in the morning with practical GCSE and A Level examples based on the Task-Based Approach, with the possibility to share ideas and teaching material and to do some microteaching sessions (30hrs).
Collaborator Contribution Provision of venue and administrative support
Impact 20 teacher graduates per year
Start Year 2017
 
Description Linguistics in MFL Schools 
Organisation University of Westminster
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Loaded Meanings/Language Transitions research is foundational to the project; funding; expertise and advice
Collaborator Contribution Staff expertise and time; running of pilot project; data gathering; eventual authoring of report
Impact Emerging from the Language Acts and Worldmaking Small Grants scheme, researchers from the Language Transitions strands have worked with the Linguistics in MFL Schools project to conduct a pilot study of the provision of linguistics educations in schools. The Linguistics in MFL Schools team are running a series of workshops with pupils and teachers and gathering qualitative feedback with a view to authoring a report and seeking further funding for a scaled-up project.
Start Year 2019
 
Description ML teacher's exploratory practice 
Organisation Regent's University London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
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
Country Austria 
Sector Academic/University 
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
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution We have led the efforts to design, distribute and analyse a pioneering online survey of the language provision in MFL departments in the UK. We also led the report writing-up phase that culminated with the publication of the survey results on the UCML website.
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 have led the efforts to design, distribute and analyse a pioneering online survey of the language provision in MFL departments in the UK. We also led the report writing-up phase that culminated with the publication of the survey results on the UCML website.
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 have led the efforts to design, distribute and analyse a pioneering online survey of the language provision in MFL departments in the UK. We also led the report writing-up phase that culminated with the publication of the survey results on the UCML website.
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 Partnership with Syracuse University and Language Matters project 
Organisation Syracuse University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution At the Latin American Studies congress in 2018, a discussion between Gail Bulman and Sophie Stevens (Translation Acts research strand) about links between their respective work on Latin American theatre led to a series of research exchanges via Skype and in person and a series of collaborative events. These have involved other members of the Language Acts and Worldmaking team, primarily from the Translation Acts and Digital Mediations strands. Members of the Translation Acts strand have visited Syracuse on two occasions to present lectures and seminars to staff and students, share current findings and support the development of the Language Matters project, an interdisciplinary research project based at Syracuse which uses Language Acts and Worldmaking as a model. Language Matters was developed by drawing on expertise and findings shared by members of the Language Acts project team.
Collaborator Contribution Language Matters at Syracuse University funded Catherine Boyle and Sophie Stevens to attend the launch of their project and to develop the collaboration. In April 2020 they will contribute to the Languages Future conference organised by Language Acts and Worldmaking.
Impact An outcome of the collaboration has been a panel at the Latin American Studies Congress 2019 entitled 'Inclusive or Elusive Stages: Processing and Performing Justice in Latin American Theatre Communities' organised by Sophie Stevens and Gail Bulman, who both participated in the panel alongside other academics from the US. Catherine Boyle and Sophie Stevens (Translation Acts strand) presented key findings at the Language Matters Symposium at Syracuse in May 2019 to launch the partner project. The collaboration focusses on the disciplines of Modern Languages and Linguistics whilst adopting an interdisciplinary approach to examining and exploring connections to other disciplines, promoting languages across the curriculum and challenging traditional models of studying languages within disciplinary boundaries. Other disciplines actively involved are Digital Humanities, History, Geography, Pedagogical Studies, Translation Studies, Theatre and Performance Studies. There are also links to professional development programmes and schemes for academics and teachers.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Routes into Languages 
Organisation Routes into Languages
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The four OWRI clusters, led by Language Acts and Worldmaking, are supporting the Routes into Languages network implement its new management structure and develop sustainable funding. They are supporting its nationally-significant work while it transfers to be under the management of UCML, and seeing through a pilot funded phase which will provide proof of concept for further funding in the future.
Collaborator Contribution Promotion of the take-up of languages through cooperation between universities, schools and colleges in England and Wales, with regional networks across the country.
Impact This partnership is very recent and so it is too early to declare outputs
Start Year 2019
 
Description Routes into Languages 
Organisation University Council of Modern Languages (UCML)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The four OWRI clusters, led by Language Acts and Worldmaking, are supporting the Routes into Languages network implement its new management structure and develop sustainable funding. They are supporting its nationally-significant work while it transfers to be under the management of UCML, and seeing through a pilot funded phase which will provide proof of concept for further funding in the future.
Collaborator Contribution Promotion of the take-up of languages through cooperation between universities, schools and colleges in England and Wales, with regional networks across the country.
Impact This partnership is very recent and so it is too early to declare outputs
Start Year 2019
 
Description Scientific Studies Association (ILEM) conference, Al-Andalus in Motion 
Organisation Scientific Studies Association
Country Turkey 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Al-Andalus in motion: Travelling Concepts and Cross-Cultural Contexts: We co-organized an international conference on the concept and history of Al-Andalus as a meeting place of cultures and religions. We contributed papers, finances and organizational support.
Collaborator Contribution Co-organized an international conference on the concept and history of Al-Andalus as a meeting place of cultures and religions.
Impact History, Literature, Religious Studies, Political Science Volume of essays in preparation
Start Year 2018
 
Description Social theatre company multilingual workshops 
Organisation PSYCHEdelight
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Translation Acts strand of the project organised a workshop on working with multiple languages in a creative way as part of the Arts and Humanities Festival 2017 at King's.
Collaborator Contribution They conducted a workshop on multilingual expression and embodiment.
Impact The outputs are forthcoming and relate to the study of languages through theatre and performance.
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 University of Granada postdoctoral collaboration 
Organisation University of Granada
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Hosting of, and collaborating with, University of Granada postdoctoral researchers
Collaborator Contribution Dr Rocío Díaz Bravo and Dr Livia García Aguiar, both of the University of Granada, have been collaborating actively in the Loaded Meanings strand since January 2018
Impact Too early to determine output yet
Start Year 2018
 
Description Workshops on creativity and language learning in primary schools 
Organisation Write Inspired Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
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 21 February 2019 Re-visioning Iberia: Islam and Judaism in the cultural memory of Spain and Portugal (II) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Description: Al-Andalus constitutes a field of study for interrogating fundamental concepts of contemporary liberal-democratic societies. Within the framework of the Traveling Concepts strand of Language Acts and Worldmaking, this conference will focus on the many ways in which Al Andalus becomes a figure of thought, a means by which societies, minority groups, and individuals past and present represent and critically engage with questions of religious pluralism, intercultural contact, and national identity. The most significant outcome was to spark international interest in our research, to develop new contacts and research connections and to create the basis of a volume of essays.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description AULC Conference workshop, 10 January 2019 
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 workshop presented on 10th January 2019 at the 20th Association of University Language Communities (AULC) Conference held at King's College London, led by Mara Fuertes Gutiérrez, Inma Álvarez, Carlos Montoro (Open University) and Elina Vilar Beltrán (Queen Mary, University of London), drew parallels between team-teaching and team-researching to open up opportunities for language teaching practitioners to launch their own research projects jointly through mentoring and analysis of key publications and by finding ways of adapting and reproducing research designs to suit the participants' own research interests.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description AULC conference, King's College London, 10-11 January 2019 
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 We co-organized the AULC conference 10-11 January 2019 which focused on research-informed approaches to the practical aspects of learning and teaching modern languages and cultures. It targeted transitions-those spaces of learning between stages that may be seen as a barrier rather than a stepping stone for language learners. It also shone a light on the methodologies which are able to empower students of all ages to use their innate language-learning skills, including the mobilisation of their bi- and multi-lingual home experiences. Attendees included professional language teachers, publishers, academics and postgraduate students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://aulc2019.org.uk/
 
Description Against the National Grain: Maktoob and the Arabic-Hebrew Bi-national and Bilingual Team Translation Model 
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 A free, public seminar discussing the Maktoob project and Arabic-Hebrew bi-national and bilingual team translation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://languageacts.org/events/against-national-grain-maktoob-and-arabic-hebrew-bi-national-and-bil...
 
Description Al-Andalus / Iberia / Sepharad: Travelling Concepts and Cross-Cultural Contexts 
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 'Al-Andalus / Iberia / Sepharad: Travelling Concepts and Cross-Cultural Contexts' is an international workshop organised by Dr Or Hasson from the Mandel Scholion Center in collaboration with Travelling Concepts, and taking place at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, on 12 May. The workshop, one of several organised focuses on the use and representation of the memories and legacies of Al-Andalus, Sepharad, and Iberia as historical, poetic, geopolitical and cultural concepts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://languageacts.org/events/al-andalus-iberia-sepharad-travelling-concepts-and-cross-cultural-co...
 
Description Art and Activism in the Digital Age 
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 A new final year module, Art and Activism in the Digital Age has been developed based on our current research as part of the Language Acts and Worldmaking project. This module received a King's Interdisciplinary Curriculum Innovation Award and we hope that it will be open to students across the Faculty. We are working with King's Academy to develop the module and their team will be implementing the administrative processes to enable this to happen. This event is a research showcase to share aspects of the work that has informed this new module. This will be an interactive exhibition and an open session. Followed by a staff workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://languageacts.org/events/art-and-activism-digital-age-event/
 
Description Arts and Humanities Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 25 pre-university students attended a Language Acts and Worldmaking summer school. Teaching encompassed the basic tenets of Language Acts, that language is a material force through which we comprehend and shape our worlds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/courses-data/modules/summer/pre-university-artsandhumanities-s2
 
Description Arts of Storytelling 
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 Two workshops based on Dr Rachel Scott's postdoctoral research on the transmission of Kalila wa-Dimna and organised in collaboration with a cultural partner, East London Textile Arts, as part of a national festival of the humanities. The workshops engaged around 30 children from Sir John Heron Primary School along with 3 teachers, as well as members of the public from diverse communities in Newham in East London and elsewhere in the UK (one woman travelled from Coventry to attend).
The workshops used an ancient fable - the 'Tale of the Four Friends' from Kalila and Dimna - as inspiration to explore stories as sites of shared heritage and their role in creating identity and communities. The morning's activities with school children engaged with aspects of the National Curriculum in PSHE and literature to focus on intercultural awareness, respect and tolerance for other cultures, and learning to overcome apparent differences and work together. The afternoon explored the idea of cross-cultural exchange through the transmission of this book. Both sessions engaged participants in the creation of textile art in response to the fable explored, which we hope will be shown publicly alongside commissioned works by professional artists in an exhibition being planned for autumn/winter 2020.
One teacher from the primary school commented that the workshop's activities were 'a powerful way to engage children' and added that they 'might use this to plan similar projects in school'; another noted that the children 'were totally engaged' and 'came up with some really creative designs', and concluded that the main thing they would take away was 'linking storytelling with crafts and creating things by hand'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://weavingtales.eventbrite.co.uk
 
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 Barrio 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Barrio, a Latinx variety night, is a central to my practice-based research as a PhD student working with Language Acts and Worldmaking's Translation Acts strand. My thesis proposes live performance as a medium to investigate and theorise on the relationship between people and the places they inhabit away from home. One of Barrio's main objectives is therefore to create a live platform for Latin American performance artists and members of minority groups living and working around South London's Elephant and Castle shopping centre in South London. A very successful and well attended Barrio I was followed by Barrio II, on November 3rd 2019, this time in the large space at Southwark Playhouse. In both occasions, Barrio was able to collaborate with a wide range of participants, including local dance groups (Saint Gabriel's College) and charities like LAWRS's No Limits project (Sin Fronteras), a creative-based initiative for Latin American girls and young women. The feedback I received from the No Limits project in particular was extremely encouraging. The girls valued their involvement and expressed an interest for similar events to follow in the near future. A third Barrio is expected to take place in September/ October 2020, also in collaboration with Southwark Playhouse (dtc).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://languageacts.org/blog/barrio/
 
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 Bozena Wislocka Breit: Paper to Languages Memory Conference, King's College, London, 'An inquiry into the Mammotrectus - Mammothrept´s - Mamotreto´s linguistic ventures in Europe' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference paper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.languageacts.org/events/languages-memory/
 
Description Chris Pountain and Isabel García Ortiz: Paper to Languages Memory Conference, King's College, London, 'How to find what isn't (apparently) there: the secret life of large corpora' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference paper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.languageacts.org/events/languages-memory/
 
Description Chris Pountain: Paper to XI Congreso Internacional de la Historia de la Lengua Española, Lima, Peru, 'Los cultismos de cada día' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference paper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://congreso.pucp.edu.pe/xi-historia-lengua/
 
Description Chris Pountain: Paper to international conference Our Uncommon Ground: Modern Languages and Cultures for the 21st Century, University of Durham, 'Can a language be taught transnationally?' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference paper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://our-uncommon-ground.co.uk
 
Description Colleagues Across Borders 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Join Dr Beverley Costa to discuss Colleagues Across Borders, a small project of UK-based NGO Pasalo that provides professional support and mentoring via remote platforms for refugees mainly living and working in North Africa. Since leaving their homes, these refugees have trained as psychosocial workers, interpreters and teachers. They may have been doctors, engineers or architects in their previous lives and are now working in a new profession in a new land.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://languageacts.org/events/colleagues-across-borders/
 
Description Creative Translation Day for Schools 
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 Translation Acts strand Creative translation day for schools, 2 May 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://languageacts.org/events/creative-translation-day-schools
 
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 Digital Modern Languages Tutorial Writing Sprint 
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 15 educators, researchers took part in a two-day workshop to produce practical tutorials in 'digital modern languages', which will be published as an open access resource
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://languageacts.org/digital-mediations/event/writing-sprint/
 
Description Digital Modern Languages networking Meeting, London, 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 6 experts attended a roundtable to initiate a dialogue to discuss the state of play on research interactions between Modern Languages and the digital humanities in the UK. We aimed to explore the viability of networking/coordination activity bringing together digital approaches to Modern Languages in the UK, while ensuring balanced representation across languages, UK nations/regions and research areas for this activity. The experts reported that it would be useful to explore setting up infrastructure to facilitate greater communication about digital modern languages.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Digital Modern Languages seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Digital Modern Languages seminar series aims to bring together and raise the visibility of Modern Languages research which engages with digital culture, media and technologies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://digitalmodernlanguages.wordpress.com
 
Description Empowering Latin American women workshops 
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 Language Acts worked with Sin Fronteras to put on a series of WP workshops for Empowering young Latin American women.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description European Day of Languages 
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 To celebrate the European Day of Languages, Language Transitions organised an event at Castle Newnham Primary School (Bedford) on 26 September 2019, with the aim of promoting language learning in Primary School. All classes (from Reception to Year 4) did several activities related to languages and enjoyed language testers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Faith and Belief Forum 
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 An interactive workshop organised for the Faith & Belief Forum as part of their School Linking Programme, which matches students and classes from different cultural or faith backgrounds to explore issues of identity, community and belief. Using the 'Tale of the Four Friends' from Kalila and Dimna as inspiration, children from St Andrew's and Iqra primary schools in Lambeth explored themes of identity, belonging and community and worked in teams to co-produce works of Calligrafitti with the help of an international artist, DemaOne. The workshop's activities fed into discussions about migration more broadly and were supplemented by exploration of the Migration Museum Project's then exhibition.
Feedback from the Faith and Belief Forum's School Linking Programme Manager was positive: 'I wanted to write and thank you for what was a brilliant Link Day yesterday! It seemed to me a real feat of coordination, and for our programme this really was a first in terms of how rich and relevant the programme offered to the students on a neutral venue link day was. I personally learnt a lot both from the workshop and the museum itself and was thrilled to see the students being enabled to develop skills required for working and learning together.'
We have been asked to run a similar workshop in July 2020 as part of the F&BF School Link Programme again.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Iberias from Outside panel, June 2018 Languages Memory Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This panel session brought together a range of participants all exploring Iberia as studied from a transhistorical or transnational perspective. The session drew an audience of about 30 participants and laid the basis for future publications and seminars, including the International Conference 'Al-Andalus in Motion' (see below). The most significant impact was confirmation of the plans to organize the international conference in Istanbul and to extend our network of researchers beyond Western Europe to the Americas, Asia and Africa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://languageacts.org/languages-memory-conference/languages-memory-conference/sessions-and-abstra...
 
Description International Conference: November 15-16, Istanbul, Al-Andalus in Motion, co-organized with Scientific Studies Association (ILEM). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Networking building, plans for production of a book
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://languageacts.org/events/al-andulus-motion-travelling-concepts-and-cross-cultural-contexts/
 
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.

2017-18
Debate 1: 4 Oct 17, Language Education Activism (King's College London)
Debate 2:15 Nov 17, Modern Languages-A Discipline (still) in Search of an Identity? (University of Westminster)
Debate 3: 14 Feb 18, Should second language acquisition and language teaching be aligned and how? (King's College London)
Debate 4: 21 Mar 18, Has the digital world revolutionised language pedagogy? (King's College London)
Debate 5: 25 Apr 18, Interculturality and Creativity in Language Education (King's College)

2018-19
Debate 1: 7 Nov 18, Communicating Emotions in a Foreign Language (University of Westminster)
Debate 2: 13 Mar 19, Gender and Modern Languages in Schools (University of Westminster)
Debate 3: 15 May 19, Colalboration in Languages in HE - Towards New Models? (King's College London)
Debate 4: 13 June 19, Linguistics in MFL Schools (University of Westminster)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019
URL https://languageacts.org/language-transitions/language-acts-and-worldmaking-debates-traversing-tradi...
 
Description Language Acts and Worldmaking Small Grants scheme 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Language Acts and Worldmaking Small Grants scheme has, to date, supported more than 98 academics, language teachers, third sector and arts professionals realize various research and outreach projects, events and other activities. These have reached a diverse range of audiences, including schools, the general public, industry and business, third sector organisations, university colleagues, postgraduate and undergraduate students, and other audiences, and have contributed to a growing 'Worldmaking' community.

Language Acts has built this network by holding a small Grants showcase on 3 June 2019, to further develop the project's Worldmaking philosophy, bring awardees together and showcase their achievements to the general public.

Plans for a book based on the scheme are in the early stages of planning.

Further details will be given at the conclusion of the Small Grants scheme (June 2020).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019,2020
URL https://www.languageacts.org/related-projects/
 
Description Languages Memory Conference 
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 Language Acts and Worldmaking conference 'Languages Memory' took place 13-14 June 2018. In our first conference, Languages Memory, we wanted to enliven our awareness of the ways in which languages are experienced, practised, taught and researched. We reflected upon the place of language learning and engage with the material and historical force of languages in the world. Conference sessions all responded to the central theme of Languages Memory in innovative and creative ways, working across a wide range of disciplines and methodologies. Sessions included expert panels, drama and soundscape workshops, poetry presentations, and autoethnographic reflections. The conference programme also included a specially invited keynote address, and expert policy panel. The conference engaged with academic colleagues, languages professionals, undergraduate and postgraduate students, third sector and arts professionals, and resulted in plans for further activities and partnerships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.languageacts.org/languages-memory-conference/languages-memory-conference/
 
Description Languages Open Evening 
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 In the context of the research we do, I gave a presentation to a group of students in an event organised by Bedford School for Girls on 29 March 2019. The event was a "Languages Open Evening" to promote studying languages for A-Levels and at University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Latin American Studies for the Empowerment of Young Latin American Women 
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 is a series of widening participation workshops with recent young Latin American women immigrants. The goal is to support the students in overcoming a number of barriers, including gender and language, to access further education. The workshops are delivered by colleagues on Language Acts and Worldmaking, and by undergraduate and postgraduate student ambassadors from King's College London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Learning at the Intersection of Language and the Arts 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Around 50 researchers and practitioners took part in this event organised by the AHRC's Learning at the Intersection of Language and the Arts International Research Network in Leeds Central Library to discuss the relationship between language and the arts for learning and generate insights into the communication of what is otherwise unsayable: the narration of unconscious knowledge, things people do not know how to talk about, do not have language for, or are prevented from speaking about. We presented the research of the Diasporic identities strand and the network is now setting up a digital platform for future interaction and exchanges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents/t-mdoeox
 
Description Livia C. García Aguiar: Paper to Languages Memory Conference, King's College, London, 'An approach to the study of learned borrowings in archive documents from Málaga (18th century)' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference paper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.languageacts.org/events/languages-memory/
 
Description Making New Worlds from Old: The Translation and Transference of Ancient Mythology into Contemporary Hispanic Theatre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Hosted at the Anatomy Museum, King's College London, Making New Worlds from Old was a one-day event addressing the practice of the adoption and adaptation of classical or Biblical myth in the Hispanic theatre tradition, examining the manner in which writers from the Spanish-speaking world readapt tales from the Biblical and ancient worlds for their respective audiences. Through English translations, by William Gregory (a Small Grant awardee, in collaboration with the Translation Acts strand of the project) of two such Hispanic plays, the workshop explored the processes of rendering these same plays into another language for performance for new audiences in other countries: a case of myth translated, translated.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.languageacts.org/blog/making-new-worlds-old-translation-and-transference-ancient-mytholo...
 
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 Moving Through Languages: Schools and Universities Working Together Conference 
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 This conference, a collaboration between Network for Languages London and Language Acts and Worldmaking, focuses on transitions between language learning and teaching from Primary to Higher Education and all stages in between; as well as on curriculum change. It presents an opportunity for all education sectors to come together.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://languageacts.org/events/moving-through-languages-schools-and-universities-working-together-c...
 
Description New Worlds for Old Words Colloquium 
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 A Loaded Meanings research strand conference studying the impact of cultured borrowing on the Romance languages and English.

The study of cultured borrowings represents what is probably the single most important cultural contact observable in the languages of western Europe, that between the vernaculars and the most widely used languages of European antiquity, Latin and Greek. Within Romance historical linguistics, attention has most often focused on the history of 'popular' words because of a general perception that borrowings, especially borrowings introduced through the agency of an elite social sector, are a diversion from the language's natural development. The extent and impact of cultured influence on the linguistic structure of the western European languages, especially the Romance languages, has been severely underestimated, and certainly merits further investigation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://languageacts.org/events/new-worlds-old-words-colloquium/
 
Description North London Collegiate School visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Presentation to North London Collegiate School
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 OpenFest 
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 We presented the research we do in the Diasporic Identities and the Politics of Language Teaching at a dedicated stand as part of The Open University's staff-only OpenFest on 17th October 2019 organised to commemorate The Open University's 50th Anniversary.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://languageacts.org/diasporic-identities/diasporic-idenetities-events/festival-openfest-at-the-...
 
Description Out of the Wings Festival 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Out of the Wings Festival 2018 was the third festival showcasing the work of the Out of the Wings research group, now integrated into the Translation Act Strand of Language Acts and Worldmaking. Over 5 nights, the Festival produces readings of 5 different plays from 5 different countries all translated into English. It also delivers workshops on theatre translation and related activities, and it holds a one-day forum bringing together academics, theatre practitioners, writers and translators, actors and directors. The aim is to present new work to new audiences and to promote professional productions of theatre in translation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018,2019
URL https://ootwfestival.com/
 
Description Out of the Wings Forum 
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 Out of the Wings is once again coming together with Language Acts and Worldmaking and Translation Studies@Goldsmiths, University of London, to offer a one-day discussion forum aimed at practitioners and researchers. Taking place on the opening day of the Out of the Wings Festival, 30 July-3 August 2019, the forum sets the scene for a week of play readings from Latin America, Portugal, and Spain, presented in English translation every evening at Omnibus Theatre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 36th International AESLA Conference, Cadiz, Spain 
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 36th International AESLA Conference, Cadiz, Spain to approximately 20 specialists: "EU interinstitutional style guides in Spanish, French and Italian as a meta-corpus for the analysis of the learned terms identified in the Spanish version."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://aesla2018.tucongreso.es/aesla2018/files/Libro%20de%20resumenes_abstracts_FULL%20and%20DEF_v2....
 
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 PhD Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Language Acts and Worldmaking examines language as a material and historical force which acts as the means by which individuals construct their personal, local, transnational and spiritual identities - the 'worldmaking' process. Learning a language means understanding the historicity of concepts, beliefs and social practices - how they operate in the past and present.

The Language Acts and Worldmaking PhD students - based at, and collaborating between King's College London, Queen Mary University of London, University of Westminster and the Open University - have invited fellow PhD students to discuss and present future theses in an interactive, relaxed and multimodal manner. In our work, we research linguistics, theatre, translation, language teaching and learning and literature. Through the Language Acts and Worldmaking PhD Forum, we hope to enable PhD students to showcase their work amongst others from similar fields of study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://languageacts.org/events/phd-forum/
 
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 Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Podcast about modern languages and 'worldmaking' for the Arts & Humanities Faculty, King's College London, with other members of the Language Acts and Worldmaking team
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://soundcloud.com/kings-college-london/arts-and-humanities-now-language-acts
 
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 Press Play: Creative Interventions in Research and Practice, MACRO/British School at Rome/MAAM, 28-30 March 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk delivered by Dr Rachel Scott, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, 'Travelling Concepts' strand in conjunction with Ghazaleh Zogheib, curator and arts education specialist about the collaboration between this strand and the P21 Gallery in London to develop an exhibition of contemporary artistic responses to Kalila wa-Dimna.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://pressplay2019.wordpress.com
 
Description Public talk, Kalila wa-Dimna 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public talk on Kalila wa-Dimna and its European translations at Shia Ithna'ashari Community of Middlesex, a mosque in north west London. The talk was well attended after Friday prayers, and sparked discussion and questions about the reception of the book, its literary legacy in Europe, as well as follow-up correspondence with one participant about the subject.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdzTrPM0hVo&app=desktop#menu
 
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 Rocío Díaz Bravo: Paper to Languages Memory Conference, King's College, London, 'Linguistic characterisation of learned characters in the Retrato de la Loçana andaluza' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference paper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://www.languageacts.org/events/languages-memory/
 
Description SPLAS Research Celebration 
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 This was an exhibition of posters presenting to our own colleagues, and also from other departments, research SPLAS academic staff, and the PhD students, have been working on recently.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School Visits, London and Kent 
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 Creative Translation workshop with GCSE and A level students. The aim was to enliven work in the school curriculum through playfulness and the use of theatre translation techniques. This is part of an ongoing series of workshops in schools around London. Since 2016 around 20 visits have taken place.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019
URL https://www.languageacts.org/blog/creative-translation-words-play-classroom/
 
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 Soundshapes at Tate Exchange: Who are We? Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Following on from its successful A Stitch in Time installation and workshop at the Tate Exchange Who are we? 2018 exhibition, our Diasporic Identities and the Politics of Language Teaching strand is co-producing an interactive installation at the 2019 edition of the Who are we? exhibition on migration. In it, we are showcasing the multilingual coat, headwrap and short films that teachers, artists, embroiderers and members of the public created last year and we invite the public to engage with these artistic products. Join us as we celebrate the diversity of our Modern Languages community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://languageacts.org/events/soundscapes-tate-exchange-who-are-we-exhibition/
 
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 David Crystal Lecture, given by Susie Dent, 'American English: How have we gotten here?' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk by Susie Dent supported by Language Acts and Worldmaking
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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
 
Description Travelling Tales: A Conversation panel, June 2018 Languages Memory Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This exploratory conversation discussed the post-medieval reception of medieval narrative collections. Issues addressed included the East/West binary; how 'Al-andalus', 'Sepharad', and 'Europe' constitute evocative figures of thought; translation; the function of literature, and in particular narrative, as a space of enquiry and means by which identity, history, and social relationships are not simply represented but created. The discussion produced new lines of research and ideas for a conference and workshops that were later developed once Yuval Evri joined the project in January 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://languageacts.org/languages-memory-conference/languages-memory-conference/sessions-and-abstra...
 
Description Twitter account 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The @languageacts twitter accounts has now reached 800 followers and regularly receives over 3,000 impressions per tweet. Along with the other OWRI twitter accounts, tt is contributing to a growing conversation about the value of language learning in the UK today.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019
URL https://twitter.com/languageacts?lang=en
 
Description Website and blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Language Acts website blog is bringing the research and work in progress of Language Acts team members to a broader public. It is contributing to a wider awareness of the OWRI projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019
URL https://www.languageacts.org/blog/
 
Description Who are we? interactive installation/workshop at Tate Exchange (Tate Modern London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact From 22 to 27 May 2018, over 5,000 visitors attended our interactive installation/workshop at the Who are we? exhibition at Tate Exchange (Tate Modern London), curated by Counterpoints Acts in partnership with the Open University. It was a cross-platform event of artist-academic collaboration asking 'Who are we?' at a time in which migration, belonging and exclusions are the subject of intense debates. Ours was a durational work, combining participatory engagement, collective-making, performance and film. The focus was on the transformative and pivotal role of language teachers as creative mediators between diverse languages and cultures. It explored the politics of language teaching in contemporary Britain and the notion of language teaching/teachers as active 'worldmakers' (Goodman, 1978) travelling and navigating between multiple linguistic and cultural worlds. During the week, we invited the drop-in public to sit at a co-production table and contribute to an interpersonal exchange with language teachers alongside migrant embroiderers and artists with an emphasis on sharing sayings (e.g. "A stitch in time saves nine") and stories across different languages and cultures. The result was a multilingual coat and scarf featuring sayings in multiple languages and maps of various cities across the world, embroidered and painted jointly by hundreds of language teachers, artists and members of the public visiting the Tate. A selection of conversations were filmed and are also part of the legacy of this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://languageacts.org/diasporic-identities/diasporic-idenetities-events/tate-exchange-2018-worldm...
 
Description Worldmaking Live 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Since 2016 Language Acts and Worldmaking has funded small projects and events across the UK and abroad to heighten our awareness of the ways in which languages are experienced, practised, taught and researched. Join us as we bring many of these projects together for a diverse, exciting showcase of talks, presentations, stalls, performances and films, in what will be a celebration of all that the scheme has achieved so far: a Worldmaking community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://languageacts.org/events/worldmaking-live/