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School of Education

Two successful projects draw to a close

20 April 2018 | Rebekah Bradley

Translation and Translanguaging project

For the last four years, a team from the School of Education have been working on a large AHRC-funded project Translation & Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in four inner-city wards – TLANG. The project is led by Professor Angela Creese in Birmingham; the Leeds team are Mike Baynham and James Simpson (Co-Is), Jolana Hanusova & John Callaghan (Researchers), Jessica Bradley (Doctoral Researcher) and Emilee Moore (Visiting Academic from Autonoma University, Barcelona). 

In late March we held a Leeds City Seminar, to celebrate the project and to discuss its findings as they related to Leeds. Attending were the Leeds-based partners and others associated with the project over the past four years. Despite the unseasonal snow, over 30 project stakeholders managed to get to the seminar. These included our Key Participants, the groups we have worked with, and representatives from the City Council and a range of third-sector, educational and arts organisations. At the seminar we launched the Leeds City Report which summarises the study as it took place in Leeds and draws out key findings relevant to the city.

The TLang project also held its end-of-project conference in Birmingham on 28-29 March 2018. You can read a report of the event on the TLang blog here: https://tlangblog.wordpress.com/

Find out more about the TLANG project, including working papers, publications, our project blog and other resources.

Migration & Settlement: Extending the Welcome

Also drawing to a close is the very successful associated project Migration & Settlement: Extending the Welcome, led by James Simpson and Jessica Bradley. This work was funded by the ESRC/LSSI IAA, and recently featured in the LSSI IAA Showcase event [see p.7 of the LSSI brochure about IAA projects: https://lssi.leeds.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/LSSI-IAA-Event-Brochure-v4.pdf ].

M&S investigated understandings of home, settlement and belonging through oral narrative and arts practice, with adult refugees in Leeds who are students on RETAS Leeds’ Steps to Settlement programme. We worked on the project with researcher Sam McKay (PCI) and freelance artist and academic Louise Atkinson. Sam and Louise have produced a zine summarising the project findings. James and Jessica presented a paper on the project at an invited colloquium during the annual conference of the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) in Chicago, in March.

Whilst the project is now coming to an end, this vibrant stream of activity is set to continue, with books, network activities and project bids in the pipeline. There is a new – and already very active – international research network, the AILA Network on Creative Inquiry, initiated by Lou Harvey (School of Education), Jessica Bradley (now at Leeds Trinity University) and Emilee Moore (Autonoma Barcelona).

Find out more about the AILA Network

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