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Action in the Superdiverse City: A Network Assembly

Thursday 7 December 2017 (09:30-16:30)

Sarah Martin (

Sponsored by Jenny Rathbone AM

Venue: Pierhead Building, Cardiff

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Globalisation and changing patterns of migration mean ‘superdiverse’ cities are increasingly populated by speakers of multiple languages.  The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project, Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities, TLANG, will hold a Network Assembly on Thursday 7th December 2017 to focus on communication in changing urban communities. 

Speakers will present evidence of changing communication practices in city meeting places including sports clubs, community hubs and legal advice centres. 

The focus of the day is interdisciplinary, and will promote exchange between a range of stakeholders including academics, professionals, and practitioners in the areas of business, heritage, libraries, museums, arts, community support and advocacy, and national and city level policy stakeholders. Presentation of research outcomes will be accessible, evidence-based, and tangible.  The social, political and economic consequences of research findings will be foregrounded through engagement with participants. The day will consist of presentations, film, and panel and audience discussion and debate. 

The day is organised around two themes: 

(1) Movement in the city

Sports are deeply rooted in history and culture and rich with conventions and specific ways of communication. This theme examines how culture is translated, people are transformed and communication is done through movement in the city.  It explores multilingual and cultural diversity amongst participants and the way sports bring together people ‘on the move’ who learn from, interact with, and bond with each other. The presentations highlight sports-specific pedagogy and language and communication issues and their impact on relationship and cultural translation. 

(2) Advocating and involving in the city

Just, fair societies rely on law. Law, if it is to be understood, relies on legal advice. Legal advice helps people to relate to one another and to the institutions and organisations they encounter. This theme examines the significance of legal advice to those who seek it, those who give it and, by implication to society as a whole. Law operates in a context of increasing superdiversity where fewer participants share assumptions about the content, form and function of law than ever before and where differences of language and expectations are influential. Additionally, at this time, individuals are more likely to face the law without representation than ever before. These factors make investigation of law in contexts of migration in England and Wales particularly important now. Presentations will explore what law and legal advice are in contemporary cities and how they are woven into the fabric of people’s lives. Analysis of data will illustrate how legal advice operates and what it accomplishes. Discussion will focus on the future of legal advice and the place of language study in informing this future. 

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Attendance is free but online registration is required. The closing date for registration is 22nd November 2017.

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