Course content

The overarching aim of the theme The Dynamics of Multilingualism is to address the need for a multidisciplinary approach in relation to the global challenge of increased mobility and multilingualism. The theme deals with language in motion and people’s ability (or lack thereof) to construct new identities and communities through language under current global conditions. Students will work with and apply different theoretical frameworks, including poststructuralist and postcolonial approaches, phenomenology, hermeneutics, discourse analysis, Bourdieu’s field theory, linguistic ethnography and linguistic landscapes in multidisciplinary contexts.

The course “Affinities” is the second course within the theme and deals with a subject developing from the topics discussed in the course “Encounters”. “Affinities” addresses the emergence of new global – often temporary – linguistic communities and associated communicative practices. It will examine how these communities are formed by and through different languages. Within the course, students will explore different issues through empirical analysis of data related to various language phenomena such as writing across languages, language and luxury tourism, research communities and protest movements.

Learning outcomes

In order to pass the course, students are expected to be able to demonstrate:

  • demonstrate the ability to engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue and peer review around the analysis of authentic language material
  • creatively apply the theoretical frameworks discussed in the course in order to formulate specific research questions relating to language and globalisation in their respective disciplines
  • carry out or continue an independent research project within a subject area related to the overarching theme of the dynamics of multilingualism (“Encounters” or “Affinities”) in a theoretically and methodologically insightful manner

Practical information

The following compulsory components will be included: completion of all oral and written tasks ahead of each seminar; a research presentation at a doctoral student conference at the end of term; seminar participation.

Period: February 20 — May 8, 2020

Language of instruction: English

Course director: TBA

Theme coordinator: Maria Kuteeva

Course title in Swedish: Flerspråkighetens dynamik: gemenskaper

The course is offered by the Department of English in collaboration with the Department of Swedish and Multilingualism, Centre for Research on Bilingualism.

The course is part of the theme The Dynamics of Multilingualism