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Ethnography and Modern Languages: Critical Reflections 

4th November 2017

Venue: Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Time: 09.45 - 17:00

This workshop is intended to provide a forum to critically reflect on the position of ethnographic approaches and methods within Modern Languages research and teaching. 

Ethnography is a growing area of interest among Modern Languages scholars, particularly among early career researchers and those working across the AHRC’s Open World Research Initiative and the Translating Cultures theme. Ethnography has also played a central role in earlier and current pioneering work to transform the Modern Languages curriculum within universities. At the same time, ethnographic approaches often lack visibility within Modern Languages disciplinary discussions and institutional structures.  

This workshop invites a series of both early career and experienced researchers and lecturers in Modern Languages to reflect on how they have engaged with ethnography in their research and/or teaching practices. Discussions will focus on how these approaches can be more effectively supported and developed, and how they complement and enter into productive dialogue with more established areas of Modern Languages research, such as literary and cultural studies.

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9.45: Introduction 

10.00-11: Ethnographic Encounters and Language Learners as Ethnographers

  • Prof. Marion Demossier (Southampton)
  • Prof. Shirley Jordan (Newcastle) 

11 -11.15: Coffee 

11.15-12.30: OWRI Early Career Reflections on Ethnography and Modern Languages

  • Dr John Bellamy (Cambridge)
  • Dr Deirdre Dunlevy (QUB)
  • Dr Daniel McAuley (QUB) 

12.30-1.30: Lunch 

1.30-2.45: Ethnography and Transnationalizing Modern Languages

  • Dr Jenny Burns (Warwick)
  • Dr Margaret Hills de Zárate (QMU)
  • Georgia Wall (IMLR) 

2.45-3pm: Coffee 

3-4.15pm: Ethnography, Digital and Visual Culture

Jess Bradley (Leeds)

  • Dr Saskia Huc-Hepher (Westminster)
  • Dr Thea Pitman (Leeds) 

4.15-5pm: Closing Reflections

  • Prof. Janice Carruthers (AHRC Leadership Fellow in Modern Languages)
  • Prof. Charles Forsdick (AHRC Leadership Fellow for Translating Cultures)