[Event] Online symposium

Decolonising Modern Languages: A Symposium for Sharing Practices and Ideas

Date: 8 September 2020, 10.15am – 11 September 2020, 4.00pm

Type: Conference / Symposium
Venue: Online

All times are in BST

Day 1 Tuesday 8 September

10:15 Welcome & Introduction from the Organisers

10:30 Panel 1: De-Colonial Teaching and ‘Epistemic Decolonisation’
Elizabeth Ward (University of Hull): Decolonising the Curriculum: Exposing the Hidden Curriculum? 
Monica Boria (University of Cambridge): Decolonising Italian Studies 
Amar Guendouzi (Mouloud Mammeri University-Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria): Decolonising an Algerian Course in English Literature

12:00 Break for lunch

14:00 Panel 2: From Language Canons to a Decolonised Literary and Theoretical Commons
Ruth Bush (University of Bristol): Towards a Decolonised Literary Commons
Mbaye Bashir Lo (Duke University): Decolonising Arabic from the ‘Curse’ of Ferguson’s Diglossia 
Emanuelle Santos (University of Birmingham) and Joseph Ford (IMLR): Deconstruct to Decolonise: towards a decolonial practice
melissandre varin (independent artist-researcher): Where Words Fail: looking for a language at the margins of Western Universities
15:45 End

Day 2 Wednesday 9 September

11:00 Panel 3: Decolonising the Study of Languages and Cultures at Leeds
Nina Wardleworth (University of Leeds): Reconceptualising European Identity 
Fozia Bora (University of Leeds): Silenced Knowledge and the Decolonial Classroom: Case Studies from the Middle East 
Stephan Petzold (University of Leeds): Decolonising the German Curriculum at Leeds

12:30 Break for lunch

14:00 Panel 4: TROPO UK – Decolonising Portuguese Language Teaching and Learning
José Peixoto Coelho de Souza (University of Manchester): A quem (não) interessa a lusofonia?: questioning neocolonial ideology in the Portuguese language class 
Ana Bela Almeida (University of Liverpool): Chega de Saudade: a Portuguese textbook in the making 
João Pedro Vicente Faustino (University of Warwick): Decolonising Portuguese language teaching: reflexions and strategies
15:30 End

Day 3 Thursday 10 September

10:30 Panel 5: Decolonising Language Teaching: translingualism and translation
Rebekah Vince (Queen Mary, University of London): Excuse my French: Challenging Mastery and Troubling Language 
Celine Benoit (Aston University): Deconstructing Western hegemonic discourses in class 
Gitanjali Patel (Shadow Heroes): Decolonising language-learning at schools through translation

12:15 Break for lunch

14:00 Panel 6: Decolonising Languages: unsettling prescriptive practices
Rey Conquer (St Hilda’s College, Oxford), Nicola Thomas (Queen Mary, University of London) & Tom Smith (St. Andrews): Expanding German Studies
Marion Bernard (University of Exeter): Decolonising the mind: knowledge equilibrium and moving beyond diversity in a second-year French curriculum
Vincenzo Cammarata (King’s College London): A Decolonial Strategy to Rethink the Study of Post-colonial Angolan Literature
15:30 End

Day 4 Friday 11 September (afternoon only)

14:00 Panel 7: Modern Languages and Digital Decolonisation
Juan García-Precedo (University of Exeter): Confronting the Colonising Effect of Commodified Education in Language Teaching at the University of Exeter 
Rosalba Biasini & Ana Reimão (University of Liverpool): Language Stories in Liverpool: from a Transnational to a Decolonial approach to Language Teaching 
Paul Spence (King’s College London): The role of Modern Languages in decolonising the digital 
Romina Isratii (SOAS): Introducing ‘Decolonial Subversions’ – a new Multilingual Open Access Publishing Platform

15:45-16:00 Thanks and Closing Remarks

Conference Organisers:
Dr Emanuelle Santos (University of Birmingham) and Dr Joseph Ford (University of London)

With thanks for organisation and support to the University of Birmingham Portuguese Studies, Institute of Modern Languages Research, and Instituto Camões Cátedra Gil Vicente

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The sessions will be recorded and will be available on the IMLR website within a few weeks.

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