Forthcoming lecture at MOSAIC, University of Birmingham: Professor Stephen May

The MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism, University of Birmingham, is delighted to host Professor Stephen May on the 3rd February 2016.

Stephen May is a Professor in Te Puna Wānanga (School of Māori Education) in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is an international authority on language rights, language policy, bilingualism and bilingual education and critical multicultural approaches to education.

Title: Linguistic superdiversity as a “new” theoretical framework in applied linguistics: panacea or nostrum?

Abstract: While the recent preoccupation with superdiversity and multilingual (urban) repertoires in critical applied linguistics is a welcome development, the concept, and its application in applied linguistics, also have some significant, as yet largely unacknowledged, limitations. This presentation will explore these limitations and what might be done about them (if anything) in light of a more sceptical take on the current enthusiasm for linguistic superdiversity.

Date: 3rd February 2016, 3 pm – 5 pm.
Venue: 524, School of Education, University of Birmingham (

This event is free and open to all. However, please register with Sarah Martin at



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