Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Free to attend conference: Translation and Translanguaging

18 July 2014 - 18 July 2014 | Conference
G12 Lecture Theatre, The Business School, University of Birmingham

MOSAIC are pleased to announce the launch of the research project ‘Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities’.  This project is funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council and led by the MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism at the University of Birmingham.

The Launch Conference will be held at the University of Birmingham Business School on 18th July.

The day is organised around the theme of multilingualism in business, sport, law, heritage and education. The interdisciplinary research programme will generate new knowledge about how people interact in diverse cities. The research findings will inform policy locally, nationally, and internationally. 

The research project is a collaboration between academic researchers, non-academic partners, and community stakeholders. It is also a partnership between four UK universities and the private, public, and third sectors.

You are warmly invited to attend the conference. All delegates should register by sending an email to Jaspreet Kaur Takhi (j.takhi@bham.ac.uk). They must do this by Friday 4 July 2014.

10:30 – 11:00      Registration – Business School Reception

11:00 – 11:15      Welcome


Professor Ian Grosvenor

Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement, University of Birmingham


                                Professor Angela Creese, Principal Investigator, ‘Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating linguistic and cultural transformations in superdiverse wards in four cities’, MOSAIC Centre for Research into Multilingualism, University of Birmingham



Session One       Chair: Professor Li Wei, Birkbeck, University of London


11:15 – 11:30      Gautam Malkani

                                How literature shows us that there is nothing authentic about slang


11:30 – 12:15      Professors Adrian Blackledge and Angela Creese, MOSAIC Centre for Research into Multilingualism, University of Birmingham

Language and social diversity

12:15 – 12:30      Irene Yoong-Henery, Chief Executive Officer at Ian Henery Solicitors Ltd

The value of multilingualism in legal representation


12:30 – 12:45      Gisela Stuart, Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston

                                Research-based policy for a successful society

12:45 – 1:30        Lunch

Session Two       Chair:  Professor Jenny Phillimore, University of Birmingham      


1:30 – 2:00           Dr Lian Malai Madsen, University of Copenhagen

Fighters, girls and other identities – Integration through sports?


2:00 - 2:15            Venetia Porter, Assistant Keeper (Curator) of Islamic and contemporary Middle East, The British Museum

Engaging with the cultures of Islam and the Middle East, why language is important

2:15 – 2:30           Joanne Hanley, Senior Manager Strategy, Lloyds Banking Group

                                Multilingualism in global business


2:30 – 2:45           Steve Brittan, Managing Director, BSA Machine Tools

                                Culture and languages in business


2:45 – 3:15           Professor Christina Schaeffner, Aston University

Translanguaging as translation, translation as translanguaging: Conceptualisation and metalanguage


Session Three   Chair:  Dr. Lisa Goodson, University of Birmingham


3:15 – 4:15           Multilingualism: Interdisciplinary perspectives


  • Nimrod Ben-Cnaan, Head of Policy and Profile, Law Centres Network
  • Shaheen Bi, Head of Research, Sporting Equals
  • Don Flynn, Director, Migrants’ Rights Network
  • Jayne Magee, Director of Operations, Business in the Community West Midlands
  • Rachael Marsh , Head of Casework, Lawworks
  • David Potts , Head of Learning Resources, The Library of Birmingham
  • Gail Walters, Head of Community Engagement, Midland Heart
  • Toby Watley, Director of Collections, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Discussants: Professor Mike Baynham, University of Leeds and Dr Frances Rock, Cardiff University


4:15 – 4:30           Professor Charles Forsdick

James Barrow Professor of French, University of Liverpool, AHRC Theme Leadership Fellow, 'Translating Cultures’


4:30                        CLOSE

Location Details

G12 Lecture Theatre, The Business School, University of Birmingham

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