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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre

This in-person seminar is part of the Second Language Education Group (2022) seminar series.

It marks the publication of ‘Multilingualism and Identity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives’ (ed. Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Linda Fisher, CUP, 2022).

The volume seeks to analyse and understand multilingualism and its relationship to identity in the face of globalization, migration and the increasing dominance of English as a lingua franca. The book offers insights from a team of world-renowned scholars, working from a range of different theoretical and methodological perspectives, and with reference to a variety of languages and contexts. Under three overarching themes - situatedness, identity practices, and investment, - there is exploration of the types of linguistic repertoire that are celebrated and valued, and the policy implications for education and wider social issues are introduced.

Chaired by Wendy Ayres-Bennett, three authors (John Joseph, Bonny Norton (online) and Linda Fisher) discuss their chapters and implications for multilingualism and identity research. Other contributors to the volume will be present online to offer further perspectives. Please join us afterwards for refreshments. 

  • John Joseph is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh
  • Bonny Norton is University Killam Professor at the University of British Columbia
  • Wendy Ayres-Bennett is Emeritus Professor of French Philology and Linguistics at the University
  • of Cambridge
  • Linda Fisher is Professor of Languages Education at the University of Cambridge

All seminars are free and will take place in person in Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

For other general queries contact Phung Dao:

Monday, 24 October, 2022 - 17:00 to 18:30
Event location: 
Room 1S3, Donald McIntyre Building,Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 8PQ

What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.