Researching Multilingually – Call for Participation

Hello everyone,

I am writing to update you on our progress with the ‘Researching Multilingually’ research endeavor we have spoken about previously. You may remember that we organized an initial Exploratory Seminar on this theme at Durham university in July 2011, and then followed this up with a Colloquium at the BAAL Annual Meeting in September 2011. Led by Prue Holmes at Durham University, we have been successful with a Research Networking bid to AHRC under the Translating Cultures theme. Thus, we have just commenced a one-year project to develop insights into how researchers working multilingually theorize and operationalize the multilingual dimension of their research. In this way, from such reflections on research experience, we hope to develop deeper insights into the complexities of, and opportunities for, researching multilingually.

As the embryonic project website outlines the project primarily consists of three 2-day seminars (in Durham in March, Bristol in April and Manchester in May), and I am wondering if you might participate in the development of this network and the sharing of insights into the process of researching multilingually. In practical terms, participation means:

 a) presenting a paper at one of the three seminars (for which some funding is available to enable you to do so);

b) developing a presence on the above website in the drop-down menu for ‘Project Network’ where participants write about their experience of researching multilingually (including supervision of e.g. doctoral students working multilingually) and also about their developing awareness of the complexities and possibilities of this multilingual dimension to research practice.

With regard to a), if you are interested, please consult the website for more information (most of which is also contained in the attached Call for Participation flyer).

With regard to b), if you are interested, please let me know (, so I can send you an invite. I think you are all experts on developing and maintaining webpages by now  🙂

If anything is unclear, and/or if you have questions/comments, please get back to me so that I can explain further what we have in mind and how we think you might be involved.