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Multicultural Education and Languages Committee (MELC) in conjunction with the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures, School of Creative Industries, University of South Australia presents:

Survival multilingualism: linguistic practices in refugee camps

Professor Anne Pauwels

Date: Tuesday 7 August 2018

Time: 5.00pm to 6.15pm

Location: Room HH 308, Sir Hans Heysen Building, University of South Australia, City West Campus
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Registration: To register your attendance, email MELC: education.mecs [at] sa.gov.au

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About the presentation

Between 2015 and 2017 Europe experienced a massive influx of migrants and refugees estimated to be above 3 million people. It soon transpired that many European countries (EU and non-EU) were poorly prepared to deal with this situation administratively, politically, socio-economically, culturally and linguistically.

This talk focuses on this ‘new’ linguistic scenario becoming prevalent in an increasing number of countries and reflects on the possible role that can or should be played by ‘us’ in improving this interactional process.

The data drawn upon derives from a current interdisciplinary project entitled Linguistic and Intercultural Mediations in the context of International Migrations (LIMINAL) funded by the French National Agency for Research.

Professor Anne Pauwels

Anne Pauwels is Professor of Sociolinguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her main areas of research are multilingualism, language maintenance and shift, language learning and language policies in tertiary education, as well as language gender and ethnicity.

Her current research projects concern the linguistic practices of language learners at universities in 7 countries, language and cultural issues in European refugee centres and language policy in Pakistan. Her latest book is entitled Language maintenance and shift, published by Cambridge University Press (2016).



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