Performing Multilingualism in Europe and Beyond: Migration, Globalisation, Utopia

Performing multilingualism event
13 September 2019
School of Arts, Jarman Building, Jarman Studio 1 & 2, University of Kent


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Photo: Multilingual theatre workshop with Greek director Anestis Azas at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, 2019. Participants were native speakers of 11 different languages.

Conference Programme

9:30 Coffee and Registration

10:00 Welcome – Margherita Laera (Kent) and Peter Boenisch (Aarhus & RCSSD)

10:05 Keynote Speech – Yana Meerzon, University of Ottawa: ‘Speaking in Tongues: Staging Hospitality of (Non)Translation’

11:00 Panel 1: Dancing with Multilingualism

– Ulrike Garde, Macquarie University: ‘Foreign Languages, Familiar Patterns: Exposing Audiences to Foreign Languages on Stage’

– Inge Arteel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel: ‘Choreographies of linguistic displacement’

12:00 Artist Talk: Gintersdorfer/Klassen (Title TBC)

12:45–13:45 Lunch

13:45 Panel 2: The Practice of Multilingualism

– Kasia Lech, Canterbury Christchurch University: ‘Multilingual Dramaturgies as a Journey Towards More Democratic Theatre-Making’

– Claire French, University of Warwick: ‘Methodologies for mobilising languaging in performance-making and rehearsal processes’

– Mihai Florea, University of Bristol: ‘Same Language Multilingualism’

15:15 Coffee

15:30 Panel 3: Multilingualism, Nationalism and Transnationalism

– Sarit Cofman-Simhon, Kibbutzim College, Tel Aviv/Emunah College, Jerusalem: ‘Multilingual Theatre and Language Preservation in Israel’

– Janine Hauthal, Vrije Universiteit Brussel: ‘Provincializing Europe? Multilingual Theatre in a New World Order’

16:30 Artist Talk: Christopher-Fares Köhler, Artistic Assistant of the Artistic Director, and Dramaturg, Gorki Exile Ensemble, Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin, Title TBC

17:15 Artist Interview: Brian Duffy, BSL actor, interviewed by Clare Finburgh, Goldsmiths University, with BSL interpretation

18:00 Drinks Reception

18:30 Multilingual Storytelling Performance: Wafa’ Tarnowska and Badia Obaid present ‘A Baghdad Dream’, and ‘Adapa’ (Arabic and English)

20:00 Conference Dinner (off campus)


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Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council & Creative Multilingualism, with additional support from European Theatre Research Network, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of Kent’s Performance and Theatre Research Cluster.