Conference organised by Alex Baratta and Paul Smith, Call for papers: An exploration of religious voices and identities in higher education, The University of Manchester

This one-day conference brings together researchers, lecturers and students who share an interest, be it personal, teaching or research-based, in the topic of religion in higher education. The focus is to explore the reality for university students who are also members of a faith. The broad question that derives from this is essentially, ‘can the Read More …

Call for papers: ESRC seminar series – The Multilingual University final conference, 8-9 July 2016

ESRC Seminar series: The Multilingual University: The Impact of Linguistic Diversity on Higher Education in English-dominant and English Medium Instructional Contexts Seminar 6: The linguistic landscape in higher education in English-dominant and EMI settings: Future directions  UCL Institute of Education  8th-9th July 2016 Despite an established body of knowledge on linguistic diversity and bi/multilingual learners in Read More …

Summer school on Intercultural Relations, Turku, Finland, August 2016

Introducing and Exploring Intercultural Relations in Everyday Life  August 9-19, 2016 in Turku, Finland http://www.tuas.fi/en/study-tuas/exchange-students/international-summer-school/ We keep hearing that we are living in an intercultural world and that we need to prepare for it. What does this really mean? How do we meet ‘other’ people? What are intercultural relations made of? This introductory course will Read More …

Course in qualitative data analysis at Kings College, London, July 2016

Is ‘qualitative data analysis’ too vague for you?  Are you wondering how to do justice to your data? ‘Key concepts and methods in ethnography, language & communication’ 4 – 8 July 2016   If you are researching social processes, institutions, culture or identity, but are unsure about how to analyse the discourse data from your Read More …

Call for papers – Individuals in Contexts: Psychology of Language Learning 2 (or PLL2)

Please see the call for presentation proposals in this international conference, organized for the second time. The first one was held in Graz, Austria, in May 2014. This one will be held from Monday, August 22 – Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland Conference theme The conference will focus on the role of psychology Read More …

Living intercultural lives ….

Building on our earlier work (on Ladino and intercultural identity and ‘competence’), am pleased to say that the following contribution by Leah Davcheva and myself has now been accepted for the ‘Identities, Relationships and Languages in Migration’ conference taking place 25th – 27th September, 2015 in Cagliari, Sardinia. “Living Intercultural Lives: Identity Performance and Zones Read More …

New Journal: International Journal of Bias, Identity and Diversities in Education

The newly created International Journal of Bias, Identity and Diversities in Education website is now available here: http://www.igi-global.com/journal/international-journal-bias-identity-diversities/125026#indices The International Journal of Bias, Identity and Diversities in Education (IJBIDE) investigates critically the positioning of diverse individuals in formal and informal contexts of education – from kindergarten to adult education, but also lifelong learning. Diversities here refer to different Read More …

Special journal issue: Chinese Students and Scholars in the Global Community: Challenges of Integration

Special issue of the journal Frontiers of Education focused on Chinese Students and Scholars in the Global Community: Challenges of Integration together with a series of articles exploring academic interactions in the contexts of Australia, Denmark, Finland, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Singapore. We invite you to read our articles and take advantage of the free trial Read More …

New Book: Researching Identity and Interculturality

Edited by Fred Dervin and Karen Risager Routledge This volume focuses on advances in research methodology in an interdisciplinary field framed by discourses of identity and interculturality. It includes a range of qualitative studies: studies of interaction, narrative studies, conversation analysis, ethnographic studies, postcolonial studies and critical discourse studies, and emphasizes the role of discourse Read More …

New book- Origins: A Sustainable Concept in Education

Fred Dervin (The University of Helsinki, Finland) and Hanna Ragnarsdóttir (The University of Iceland, Iceland) (Eds.) Sense Publishers Introduction available here: Although we live in an era of multiple identities and belongings, origins still seem to matter. For most people origins are obvious and transparent. We all come from somewhere. Yet talking about one’s origins Read More …

Ethical musings

I have just got back from a few days at this year’s IATEFL conference in Harrogate. Perhaps I’ll blog about the conference itself sometime, but what I’d like to try and write down now is the essence of what for me was a very interesting series of conversations. They started in the very elegant surroundings Read More …

New Book: Social Class in Applied Linguistics by David Block

In this ground breaking new book David Block proposes a new working definition of social class in applied linguistics. Traditionally, research on language and identity has focused on aspects such as race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, religion and sexuality. Political economy, and social class, as an identity inscription, have been undervalued. This book argues that increasing Read More …

QI 2012 Here I come!

I am delighted to be returning to the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in Champaign-Urbana this year, where I shall be participating in a panel reflecting on the process of ‘becoming’ a scholar. The idea for the panel came from a special issue of the Emotion, Space and Society journal being edited by the panel chair (Sophie Read More …

Another year, another ICQI…

…and after my third outing, I feel no less excited, engaged and exhilarated by the ideas expressed, the connections made in conversation and the potent sense of purpose that pervades everything at the Congress. Here is a body of scholars actively striving for a better world, for social justice in all its forms and for Read More …

Article submission

I’ve just submitted an article to Gender and Education based on a content analysis I did last year as part of the MSc Educational Research. The article looks at the representation of gender relations in the online version of New Headway, and the ways in which theorisations of gender, identity and language learning may inform, and be informed Read More …