Arts-based research; research-based arts

James Simpson, University of Leeds Finland gained its independence from Russia in 1917, and the Finnish National Theatre is running a project to celebrate the country’s hundredth birthday next year. The work is called Toinen Koti, which translates as ‘another home’. Jussi Lehtonen, an actor with the Finnish National Theatre, leads the work, a documentary… Read More Arts-based research; research-based arts

From ‘Go back to China’ to ‘Where are you really from?’: Nationality and ethnicity talk in everyday interactions

In a blog post that was originally posted on the Birkbeck blog – Birkbeck Comments – TLANG team member Zhu Hua reflects on the personal significance of a question that sits at the centre of our research.  In his open letter published in the New York Times on 9 October, Michael Luo, who was born and grew up in… Read More From ‘Go back to China’ to ‘Where are you really from?’: Nationality and ethnicity talk in everyday interactions

Zygmunt Bauman: Brexit a window on contemporary processes

By Emilee Moore, University of Leeds On 5th October 2016, Emeritus Professor Zygmunt Bauman spoke at the Bauman Institute at the University of Leeds on the topic of ‘Europe’s Adventure: Still Unfinished?’ The lecture was part of a series of events taking place at the University of Leeds around the subject of Brexit. Prof. Bauman began… Read More Zygmunt Bauman: Brexit a window on contemporary processes

Sports and social media as sites of embodied identity construction

By Caroline Tagg, Open University  In June 2016, we discussed data collected in the sports phase of our project at a workshop organised by Zhu Hua at Birkbeck University, London and Janice Thompson from the University of Birmingham. Each city research team presented their data and discussed initial findings and ideas. I am responsible for… Read More Sports and social media as sites of embodied identity construction

One bright morning in the middle of the night: A postcard from Finland

James Simpson writes from the University of Jyväskylä , where he’s spending the summer months. Earlier this year I received the most generous invitation – to spend three months as an academic visitor at the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä. So here I am, courtesy of the University’s fund to develop its… Read More One bright morning in the middle of the night: A postcard from Finland

A response to ‘Linguistic xenophobia and why it should be resisted’

TLANG team On 13th July 2016, we posted a letter on our blog about ‘Linguistic xenophobia and why it should be resisted’, in which we voiced our concern at the rise in xenophobic and racist hate crime in the UK which appears to have followed the vote to leave the European Union. We also posted… Read More A response to ‘Linguistic xenophobia and why it should be resisted’