Programme set-up

Our programme consists of a a workshop afternoon for Phds and others interested on Wednesday afternoon. The full conference programme begins on Thursday morning with an official opening and lasts until Saturday afternoon (around 17.00). More details to follow.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Angela Creese – Angela Creese (University of Birmingham) is Professor of Educational Linguistics in the School of Education, University of Birmingham. Her research and teaching cross references anthropology, linguistics and education. She uses ethnography to investigate ideologies, and interactions in social life. Her research publications cover urban multilingualism, linguistic ethnography, and language education. Angela is the director of the TLANG project which investigates how multilingualism can be used as a resource for communication, creativity and civic participation when people bring different histories and biographies into contact. The project works with a wide range of different stakeholders and professionals and develops partnerships with national and international organisations such as museums, libraries, advocacy networks and artists and aims to bring a multilingual orientation to documenting social practice.

James Cummins – James Cummins (University of Toronto) is (emeritus) Professor with the department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE. Dr. Cummins holds a Canada Resarch Chair (Tier 1) and has been a recipient of the International Reading Association’s Albert J. Harris award (1979). He also received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City (1997). In recent years, he has been a co-investigator on a large-scale SSHRC-funded project entitled “From Literacy to Multiliteracies: Designing Learning Environments for Knowledge Generation within the New Economy.” He is currently involved in a project to validate the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Steps to English Proficiency assessment tool. He is also conducting a research review on English Language Learners’ academic trajectories. Dr. Cummins has co-authored several books on literacies in education, and has seen his work translated into Japanese and Spanish.

Laura Rupp – Laura Rupp (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) conducts multi-disciplinary research into vernacular properties of varieties of English (traditional English dialects and World Englishes). Her research informs her teaching on the subjects of Global English, Pronunciation, and Postcolonial Language and Literature. For example, in her course English Pronunciation, she raises students’ awareness of the existence as well as the function and value of variation in English. She also shares research results on issues of intelligibility, credibility, and identity construction in English as a second language. Accordingly, students construct their own English accent that suit their personal purposes rather than their English pronunciation being assessed in relation to native English models. Laura supervises the PhD research of Johan van Hattum on the effects of a language-awareness approach to Pronunciation teaching.

Gerard Steen – Gerard Steen (Universiteit van Amsterdam) is professor of Language and Communicatioon at the University of Amsterdam and founding director of the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam. He is developing a new theory of metaphor called Deliberate Metaphor Theory and his latest research program, sponsored by the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research NWO, addresses Resistance to Metaphor, with PhD projects in science, the media, politics, and health. Optimal resistance to and intervention by metaphor in all of these domains of discourse is crucially dependent on a degree of metaphor awareness by language users. This requires new research and then participant training of its own. In addition, metaphor awareness is not only a matter of language awareness but also of awareness of the discourse situation(s) in which metaphor awareness is needed, allowed, promoted, developed and utilized. We need to understand how this works by building a bridge between contemporary metaphor research and language awareness research for these various domains of discourse.

Elizabeth Stokoe – Elizabeth Stokoe is Professor of Social Interaction in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. She uses conversation analysis to understand how talk works – from first dates to police interrogations; from medical communication to crisis negotiation. Outside the university, she runs workshops with doctors, mediators, salespeople, police and other professionals using her research-based communication training method called the “Conversation Analytic Role-play Method”. She is one of thirteen WIRED 2015 Innovation Fellows; has given TEDx, New Scientist, SciFoo/Google and Royal Institution lectures, and her research and biography were featured on the BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific.