Languages and Cultures in 21st Century Transnationality

Languages and Cultures at Sheffield Hallam University,
City Campus, Sheffield, S1 1WB

Registration now open

Friday 9 and Saturday 10 September 2016

The concept of transnationality is increasingly common currency in the globalized world.
Modern Languages, both implicitly or explicitly, deals with the transnational aspects of cultures and, as a discipline, it is hence ideally suited to have societal impact on the construction of transnational education. Intercultural citizenship, in particular, is becoming a sine qua non in the Twenty-First Century. Modern Languages poses multicultural and multilingual questions about identity, subjectivity and alterity of past, present and future. As academics we represent institutional power and theoretical knowledge; we are mediators between theoretical processes of conceptualization and practical moments of interpretation; information brokers and hence in the fortunate positions to bring about social change.

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars from Applied Linguistics, Intercultural Studies and European Cultural Studies to create intercultural and interdisciplinary synergies that go beyond national borders, linguistic silos or academic canons, and thus echo practices of human mobility. Themes of particular interest in the three streams include, but are not limited to:

Applied Linguistics
• CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), technology-enhanced learning, film as teaching tool
• language acquisition, language planning
• learner autonomy, student engagement
• multilingualism, translation
• discourse analysis

Intercultural Studies
• citizenship, identity, multiculturalism, nationhood, race
• intercultural awareness, communication, competence, education, management
• tourism, postcolonialism
• international student migration

European Cultural Studies
• the transnational currency of popular cultural products
• translations, transpositions, transmediality
• synergies/dialogues across national cultures
• intersections of culture with other fields/disciplines (history, law, literature, sociology, technology)
• dialogues across sociocultural strata (e.g. popular and elite cultures)
• fluidity of identity