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The Conversation: Language has become a tool for social exclusion

Loredana Polezzi, Jo Angouri, and Rita Wilson have published the following article in The Conversation: Language has become a tool for social exclusion. The article discusses the linguistic penalty of refugees and asylum seekers and the deficit approach that is projected onto them. A different approach, they conclude, is urgently needed, 'one that moves away from multilingualism as deficit and towards a recognition of linguistic and cultural diversity as a creative engine of civic participation and social well-being'.

Tue 26 Feb 2019, 20:22 | Tags: multilingualism, social exclusion, linguistic penalty

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

MITN invites abstracts of no more than 350 words for the forthcoming Language, Translation, and Migration conference and public summit, which will be held at the University of Warwick on 24-26th May 2017. More info following this link.

Wed 20 Dec 2017, 15:12 | Tags: MITN, translation, warwick, monash-warwick alliance

Research Seminar with Anna Douglas

23rd of January, 13.00-14.30, Warwick University, Social Sciences Building, room A0.14

Our invited speaker is Anna Douglas (Independent Curator and Photography Historian), doctoral student at Leeds University. Anna will talk about the exhibition she has been curating (see link below), which is the subject of her ethnographic field work, exploring ideas of the past and nostalgia experienced in the present. Anna's project involves 27 hours of recorded conversations and field work observations. In this seminar she will talk about the process she explored in conducting the 'field work' - which as a curator of contemporary art she also considers to constitute 'the artwork'. Anna is going to reflect on how an exhibition might present the basis and temporal and spatial context for negotiating, living and experiencing the past in the present, to inform an 'uncertain future'.

Sun 21 Jan 2018, 22:36

First MITN 3-days workshop completion



The 3-day MITN summer school, Representations of Identities in Contemporary Societies held in Forli, Italy on the 12-14th of July was completed successfully! It brought together MITN members from Warwick, Bologna and Monash Universities, as well as PhD students and scholars from other universities who had the chance to attend talks and take part in workshops led by renowned scholars from Italy, the UK, Australia and the US. Talks focused on the themes of identity, migration and translation in contemporary society as well as workshops on publication and PhD career paths for PhD students and early career researchers. Along with MITN's history and research clusters and activity, we spent some time to discuss the future of our network to promote its sustainable development. Among future perspectives, the possibility of publishing a volume with papers by MITN members emerged as significant

Sun 16 Jul 2017, 21:18

Meeting for the Cluster 'Identity and Workplace Communication'

Date: 8th of March 2017

Time: 09.00am Warwick, 10.00am Bologna, 20.00pm Monash

In this meeting we will discuss a reading on Identities in the Workplace and then we will work together on data analysis.

Sun 05 Mar 2017, 16:35

Meeting of the cluster: 'Space, Place and the City'

Date: 30th of January 2017

Time: 4:30pm for Warwick in S2.85 in Social Sciences building

This was the introductory meeting for this cluster for this academic year, where old and new members based at Warwick exchanged ideas related to notions of space, place and the city and tried to find common ground for our research interests. In this meeting we discussed our research projects and what we expect from this cluster.

Sun 05 Mar 2017, 16:28

First meeting for the cluster: 'Identity and Workplace Communication'

Date: 19th January 2017
When: 09.00-10.30am for Warwick (room S1.102), 10.00-11.30 am for Bologna (room Aula dottorandi - Padiglione Celtico) and 08.00pm-09.30pm for Monash.
On 19/1/2017 we had our first meeting of the MITN research cluster 'Identity and Workplace (Communication)'. The meeting was attended by cluster members in Warwick, Bologna and Monash Universities. In this introductory event we had the chance to meet the cluster members, talk about our individual projects and identify common interests. We also discussed about the future activities of the cluster. We agreed that our meetings should include some reading and discussion on contemporary work on professional communication and the study of identity, but also more practical sessions, where we could share part of our data and discuss our analytical and methodological decisions or even seek advice from our co-members.
Although this was just the first meeting of the research cluster, we also discussed about the prospect of having a panel on professional communication in the I-mean 5 conference in April 2017 in Bristol. We all agreed that we would be interested in pursuing this opportunity, so in the following days we booked some slots for our panel in the conference and we also decided and wrote the panel abstract.
Sun 05 Mar 2017, 16:22

5th Postgraduate MITN Workshop

Date: 21 February 2017

Time: 08.00am Warwick, 09.00am Bologna and 19.00pm Monash

Speaker from Bologna: Delia Chiaro- Professor of English Language and Translation, President of the International Society of Humor Studies

Speech title Bologna: Rape speech

Speaker from Monash: Kevin Foster- Associate Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

Speech title Monash: The use of social media in the military

Sun 05 Mar 2017, 16:02

4th Postgraduate MITN Workshop

Date: Thursday, 1st December

Time: 8-10 am (Warwick)/ 9-11 am (Bologna)/ 7-9pm (Monash)
Venue: Ramphal Building, room 0.12 (Warwick)/ International Portal Rooms (B.461, Building B Caulfield Campus (Monash)
8:00-9:00 (Warwick)/ 9:00-10:00 (Bologna)/ 19:00-20:00 (Monash): Introductions and short (approx. 5 minutes) informal summaries of individual research projects/interests by participants, followed by a group discussion on developing research clusters

9:00-10:00 (Warwick)/ 10:00-11:00 (Bologna)/ 20:00-21:00 (Monash): A journey towards developing a critical reading of “Women of the Arab world” led by Professor Cathia Jenainati

(NB: times are given in BST and AEST)

University of Bologna Doctoral Collaboration

MITN is very pleased to welcome two joint doctoral researchers from the University of Bologna/Monash University, Gaia Aragrande and Beatrice Spallaccia. For more information, please check our Bologna cohort page, and email Gaia Aragrande or Beatrice Spallaccia with questions about how you can get involved.

Not at Bologna, Monash, or Warwick and interested in joining MITN? Email Christina Efthymiadou, Kyoungmi Kim or Jo Angouri for more information.

Mon 24 Oct 2016, 10:06 | Tags: Monash, MITN, Bologna, warwick, monash-warwick alliance

iMean 5 Conference: UWE Bristol, 6-8 April 2017

iMean 5 Conference, UWE Bristol, 6- 8 April 2017 (with pre-conference Workshops on 5 April)

Abstract submission deadline: 5 January 2017. 

Theme: Language and Change

Common Ground

The AHRC Commons' First National Event: Common Ground
York, June 21 2016

Current and former MITN leaders Jo Angouri and Loredana Polezzi (along with Derek Duncan) co-led a session (entitled 'Contemplate') at this major national event reflecting on the role of languages in education, social exchange, and professional interaction.

Mon 27 Jun 2016, 11:01

'Objects in Translation' event at National Gallery of Victoria

MITN were proud to co-sponsor the panel discussion, ‘Objects in Translation’ which was held on Tuesday May 3rd at the National Gallery of Victoria. The panel was a lively discussion on the opportunities and challenges involved in telling history and the study of objects and material culture.

Recordings available: Humanitarian Interpreting and Interpreter Training

The Translation and Interpreting Studies program at Monash organised a symposium on humanitarian interpreting on April 1-2 2016. It looked at the challenges and the opportunities in the provision and use of interpreters in conflict zones, disaster zones, refugee camps and terrorism trials, as well as adequate training solutions for such contexts of work. It was attended by more than 120 participants each day: practitioners, trainers and researchesr, but also end-users, policy-makers, representatives of NGOs, and stakeholders from the full spectrum of industries were represented.

Videos and recordings from this event are now available via their webpage.

Fri 27 May 2016, 04:30 | Tags: Australia, Monash, Melbourne, MITN, policy, humanitarian, refugee, interpreting

The 7th Asian Translation Traditions Conference

MITN is proud to be a partner supporting the upcoming Asian Translation Traditions Conference titled 'Shifting powers: The Ethics of Translation in a Transforming Asia'. Hosted by Monash University Malaysia campus on 26-29th September 2016.

To register, visit their website.

Fri 27 May 2016, 04:23 | Tags: Monash, MITN, translation, asian, traditions, malaysia

Short Course on Family Violence and Interpreting

For those working as interpreters, the Translation and Interpreting Studies program at Monash University is offering a four week short course on family violence and interpreting. Runs May 24 - June 14 in Melbourne CBD.

For more information, see their website.

Fri 27 May 2016, 04:19 | Tags: Australia, Monash, Melbourne, domestic violence, interpreting

Methodology Workshop on Migration, Mobility and Transgenerational Identity: Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration Network, 16 March 2016, 1-5pm


Margaret Hills de Zárate, Senior Lecturer at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, will lead this interdisciplinary workshop exploring participatory and ethnographic research methods in relation to migration, mobility and cultural identity. The workshop will introduce the development of her own methodology, in reference to both current research for the 'Transnationalizing Modern Languages’ project and previous psychosocial work undertaken with refugees and child ex-combatants. This will be followed by an experiential workshop, exploring the role of objects in the expression of transgenerational cultural identity.

The workshop is open to all researchers working across the University and will be of particular interest to Early Career Researchers interested in exploring new methodological approaches. To register, please contact by Friday 11th March.

Thu 03 Mar 2016, 12:07

Identities in Motion: Legacies and Representations of Mobility in Contemporary Italy

Venue: University of Warwick - Wolfson Research Exchange, University Library

4 March 2016, 14.00 - 21.00

Organizers: Gianmarco Mancosu and Gioia Panzarella

'Identities in motion' engages with recent trends in Modern Languages research, aiming to be a forum in which to discuss different methodologies and representational practices. In the context of discussing mobility, Italy offers an interesting case study due to the singularity of the colonial past, the complexity of the process of decolonization, the history of migration from and, in the more recent past, to Italy. All these historical and social phenomena need to be seen in a multi-disciplinary perspective that encourages a complex awareness of the different meanings of Italian identites and belonging.

Please see:

Symposium on Interpreter Training and Humanitarian Interpreting

International Symposium, 1-2 April 2016
Monash University Law Chambers
555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Interpreter Training and Humanitarian Interpreting

The work of interpreters in the 21st century is characterised by a need to adapt to many different contexts and modalities of work. One of these is the humanitarian context: in conflict zones, in disaster zones, or in refugee camps for example, interpreters have to cope with specific demands and realities. How do interpreters respond to them? How are they prepared to face them? What policies are put in place to help and protect them?

This two-day symposium will look at the challenges and difficulties posed by such contexts of work and presentations will offer diverse perspectives on these and other related questions. This symposium is intended for not only practitioners, trainers and researchers, but also end-users, policy makers, representatives of NGOs, and stakeholders from the full spectrum of industries involved in relevant areas. The invited speakers are all experts in distinct but complementary fields which are fundamental to this important area of the professional work of interpreters which is now attracting greater attention and visibility.

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