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Language, Translation, and Migration: Conference and Public Summit 2018

University of Warwick, 24-26th May 2018

The modern world is interconnected, mobile, multilingual and diverse. Linguistic diversity however does not indicate linguistic equality. On the contrary, the linguistically diverse nature of contemporary societies has implications for social justice, with potentially differential access to resources and the public sphere. In this context the politics of language are a significant factor for the promotion of social cohesion. Research has repeatedly shown that linguistic and ethnic minorities are disadvantaged in interaction with institutions. This two-day conference brings together scholars and practitioners from different professional and disciplinary backgrounds to discuss the role of language as a key factor in globalized societies.

Conference Aims:

  • To investigate the diversity of language practices and their consequences in different social spaces, including (but not limited to) educational systems, professional environments, health, the law.


  • To address the complexity of migration discourses through the lens of language and linguistic interaction, with special attention to the role, presence and understanding of translation, self-translation and other multilingual practices.

The conference will be followed by a public summit focusing on the relationship between language, translation, social mobility and social cohesion.

We invite contributions which encourage interdisciplinary dialogue between scholars and practitioners in sociolinguistics and applied linguistics, translation studies, modern languages, sociology, health, legal studies and other areas in which language behaviour and language politics play a key role both as research objects and professional practices.

Conference Themes:

  • Mono- and multi-lingual models of the nation: contemporary and historical perspectives
  • Language, translation and the refugee agenda: approaches and models
  • Language and settlement: policies and practices
  • Language contact and language change
  • Hidden multilingualism
  • Language and social justice
  • Language diversity and the social role of translation and interpretation
  • Translation, migration and professional ethics
  • Linguistic and cultural barriers to social cohesion
  • Transcultural creative practices
  • Multilingual practices in the creative industries

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof. Sandra Bermann, Princeton University
  • Prof. Hilary Footitt, University of Reading
  • Prof. Anne-Marie Fortier, Lancaster University
  • Prof. Adam Jaworski, The University of Hong Kong
  • Prof. Peter Patrick, University of Essex
  • Prof. Alison Phipps, University of Glasgow
Deadline for abstract submission:
15th February 2018


Abstracts of no more than 350 words (max and including references, if absolutely necessary) are invited.
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From the 19th Feb 2018. Information will be made available here

Organising Committte:

Jo Angouri, University of Warwick

Loredana Polezzi, University of Cardiff

Rita Wilson, Monash University


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