Language Sanctuaries: why language is integral to the arts of integration

Date: 27 Apr 2020
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Event Type: Webinar


We are delighted to invite you to participate in our popular #All4Social Change University of East Anglia webinar series.

On Monday 27th April at 1 pm (BST), the webinar will be a joint event with the UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts at Glasgow University, hosted by the University of Sanctuary at the University of East Anglia on  ‘Language sanctuaries: why language is integral to the arts of integration’. In this webinar, Alison Phipps with Gameli Tordzro, Naa Densua Tordzro, Tawona Sitholé, Sahar Alshobaki and Giovanna Fassetta, will present the work of the UNESCO Chair for Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, with a particular focus on the ways in which language may offer sanctuary. This will include an examination of different policies that focus on integration through language acquisition; a critical assessment of the pitfalls in focusing on language acquisition as a technological or technocratic ‘fix’ to the tasks accompanying integration; a discussion of the ways in which a monolingual perspective dominates and shapes understandings of the language acquisition; and a consideration of shifting policy landscapes. In the presentation, Alison with colleagues will draw on insights from their work in Gaza, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Aoteaora, Scotland and in refugee communities which take a sanctuary view of language. The webinar will include poetry, story, dance and song together with more traditional academic presentation.

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