Conference: Languages & Creativity

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Taylor Institution Library, St Giles, Oxford


Creative Multilingualism

Conference Programme

9.00 - 9.30
Registration and Coffee

9.30 - 9.45
Janice Carruthers, Queen’s University Belfast, and AHRC Leadership Fellow in Modern Languages

9.45 - 10.30
Writing between Languages
Wen-chin Ouyang, SOAS, and Jane Hiddleston, University of Oxford, and Matthew Reynolds, University of Oxford

10.30 - 11.15
Panel Discussion – Working Languages
Chair: Leanne Tritton, Managing Director, ING Media, with Julie Curtis, University of Oxford, Pegram Harrison, University of Oxford, and a representative of the public sector

11.15 - 11.45

11.45 - 12.30
Sense and Nonsense across Languages: the Example of Bird-Naming
Andrew Gosler, University of Oxford, and Martin Maiden, University of Oxford

12.30 - 1.15
LinguaMania – Evaluating Impact
Chair: Elleke Boehmer, University of Oxford, with Rebecca Braun, Lancaster University, and Katrin Kohl, University of Oxford

1.15 - 2.00

2.00 - 2.30
Multilingual Metaphor
Linda Fisher, University of Cambridge, Suzanne Graham, University of Reading, and Katrin Kohl, University of Oxford

2.30 - 3.30
Panel Discussion – Multilingualism post Brexit
Chairs: Rajinder Dudrah, Birmingham City University, and Wen-chin Ouyang, SOAS, with Selma Dabbagh, Writer and Human Rights Lawyer, and Nicky Harman, Freelance Translator

3.30 - 4.00

4.00 - 5.00
RTKal (Punch Records)
Languages in Performance:
Q&A led by Philip Bullock, University of Oxford, Julie Curtis, University of Oxford, and Rajinder Dudrah, Birmingham City University

5.00 - 5.30

Chair: Charles Forsdick,  Liverpool University

Drinks Reception


Entry to the conference is free, but numbers are limited so booking is required. Please register here:

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