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 “Dislocations” introduces the second year of the theme and addresses issues relating to the displacement and separation resulting from increased mobility and its consequences both in terms of social and linguistic categories such as “semi-lingualism” and different linguistically creative approaches to resistance and diversity. Within the course, students will explore different issues through empirical analysis of data related to various language phenomena.

Learning outcomes

For a grade pass on the course, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to work scientifically in an interdisciplinary dialogue around the analysis of authentic language material
  • critically examine existing theoretical frameworks within their respective disciplines related to the overarching theme of multilingualism as well as the subject of “Dislocations”
  • apply and critique the theoretical frameworks discussed in the course in order to relate meaningfully to specific research questions relating to language and globalisation in their respective disciplines

Practical information

The following compulsory components will be included: completion of all tasks, including short written reflections on assigned readings ahead of each seminar; presentation of a research proposal at a mini-conference at the end of term; seminar participation.

The course is examined through shorter written assignments and presentation of a research proposal at a mini conference at the end of term.

Teaching activities include seminars and a mini-conference. Individual tutorials may be requested.

Attendance of at least 80% of all teaching sessions is mandatory. Make-up work will be assigned for any missed sessions. Please note that participation in the final conference is also mandatory and counts for examination purposes.

Period: Autumn semester 2020

Course dates (preliminary):

  • 24 September: Sari Pietikäinen, University of Jyväskylä. 1–4 p.m.
  • 30 September (Wednesday!): Linus Salö. 1–4 p.m.
  • 15 October: Maria Kuteeva. 1–4 p.m.
  • 29 October: Melissa Moyer, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. 1-4 p.m.
  • 5 November: Christopher Stroud. 1-4 p.m.
  • 12 November: Caroline Kerfoot. 1–4 p.m.
  • 26 November: Mini-conference. Student presentations of course assignments (examination). 1–5 p.m. (or longer, depending on the number of participants)

Language of instruction: English

Course directors: Maria Kuteeva and Caroline Kerfoot

Theme coordinator: Maria Kuteeva

Course title in Swedish: Flerspråkighetens dynamik: dislokationer

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