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.

“Encounters” is the first and introductory course within the theme and deals with different theoretical and methodological frameworks in order to investigate the complexities regarding identity, corporeality, language, place, ethnicity and other differences in relation to the new global zones of contact. The course addresses how these issues can be discussed in terms of “turbulent ontologies”, that is, how different phenomena are constituted and evolving sometimes together but also discretely. Research questions include the emergence of global lingua franca, linguistic landscapes and multilingual education.

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 in relation to the overarching theme of multilingualism as well as the subject of “Encounters”
  • 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.

Period: Autumn semester 2019

Course dates: October 3, 10 and 24, November 7, 14 and 28

Language of instruction: English

Course director: Maria Kuteeva

Theme coordinator: Maria Kuteeva

Course title in Swedish: Flerspråkighetens dynamik: mötesplatser

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