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 three-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.
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.
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
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
Full details: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mitn/ltm/