Thursday, 2 May 2019 at 10:00 am – Friday, 3 May 2019 at 5:00 pm

On the Interplay of Language, Hospitality and Social Justice: Interdisciplinary Threads

Interdisciplinary two-day workshop co-organised by Dr Khawla Badwan, Dr Samantha Wilkinson and Dr John Bellamy

Dates and times:

Thursday 2nd May, 10am - 5pm

Friday 3rd May 2019, 9.30am - 5pm

Location: BS 1.23 and BS 1.22, Business School Building

Tickets: £80 normal rate. Available on the OnlineShop

This two-day seminar aims to bring about interdisciplinary discussions and debates about how globalisation and cosmopolitanism, on the one hand, and nationalism, on the other, have reproduced contradictory and sometimes conflicting ideologies about language, hospitality and integration. At the heart of this discussion lies the notion of ‘place’, which has been conceptualised differently in many disciplines leading us to question what we mean by 'community', 'belonging', 'integration' and 'home' in geographical spaces/places characterised by increasing heterogeneity and difference. As such, we encourage participants to consider the understanding of 'place as meaning' (Entrikin, 1991) which views place as subjective and socially constructed with emphasis on individuals' experiences and emotions. We want to unpack the complexities surrounding notions such as ‘hospitality’, 'community' and 'belonging', with emphasis on how these perceptions are reflected in attitudes towards diversity and sharing.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Prof Berthold Schoene, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr James Simpson, University of Leeds
  • Dr John Gallagher, University of Leeds
  • Dr Katy Sian, University of York
  • Dr Gideon Bolt, Utrecht University

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This event brings interdisciplinary research perspectives on contemporary topics such as social justice, cosmopolitanism, multilingualism, hospitality, and place theorising. It has received some funding from CELL and ESRI research centres as well as from the Department of Languages, Information and Communication.

The event is co-organised by Dr Khawla Badwan (senior lecturer in TESOL and applied linguistics- Faculty of Arts and Humanities), Dr Samantha Wilkinson (senior lecturer in education- Faculty of education) and Dr John Bellamy (lecturer in linguistics- Faculty of Arts and Humanities).

Partners involved: BAAL/ Cambridge University Press Seminar Programme 2018-2019



10:00-10:30 Registration and tea/coffee

10:30- 10:45 Introduction by organisers: Drs Khawla Badwan, Samantha Wilkinson and John Bellamy

10:45-11:00 Welcome by Prof Sharon Handley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

11:00-11:15 Welcome by Dr Derek Bousfield, Head of Department of Languages, Information and Communications

Strand one: Cosmopolitanism, citizenship and belonging

11:15-12:00 Keynote Speaker: Prof Berthold Schoene, Faculty Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange, Manchester Metropolitan University

Cosmopolitanism: what happened to the dream?

12:00- 12:30 Paper (1): Guilherme Fians, University of Manchester

Citizens of the world: exploring language-based cosmopolitanism among Esperanto speakers

12:30-13:00 Paper (2): Dr Carmen Herrero, Manchester Metropolitan University

Understanding the Other and crossing boundaries: developing intercultural competence through film

13:00-13:30 Discussant contribution: Dr Samantha Wilkinson

13:30-14:30 Lunch

Strand two: Multilingualism, mobility and migration

14:30- 15:15 Keynote Speaker: Dr John Gallagher, University of Leeds

'Strangers: migration and multilingualism in 16th- and 17th-century England'?

15:15-15:45 Paper (3): Dr Alfonso Del Percio, University College London

Division and multiplication: Language, migration and the politics of labour

15:45- 16:15 Paper (4): Hadjer Taibi, Manchester Metropolitan University

The impact of mobility of Algerian students’ language ideologies and practices

16:15-16:30 - Tea/coffee break

16:30- 17:00 - Discussant Contribution: Dr John Bellamy

18:00-19:30 - Conference Social (Optional)

Dinner venue: Zouk Restaurant


9:00-9:30 Coffee and refreshments

Strand three: Urban identity, integration, and social cohesion

9:30-10:15 Keynote speaker: Dr Gideon Bolt, Utrecht University

Diversity: a challenge for social cohesion?

10:15-10:45 Paper (5): Leonie Gaiser and Prof Yaron Matras, University of Manchester

Linguistic landscapes and the spatial construction of civic identities

10:45-11:15 Paper (6): Elena Kirk and Raul Paraná, University of Jyväskylä

Enabling immigrants in Finland to integrate into professional and academic communities

11:15-11:45 Discussant Contribution: Dr Gavin Bailey

11:45-12:00 Coffee break

Strand four: Language education and integration

12:00-12:45 Keynote speaker: Dr James Simpson, University of Leeds

Navigating immigration law in a “hostile environment”: Implications for adult migrant language education

12:45-13:15 Paper (7): Silke Zschomler, University of Cambridge

Migrant narratives of language learning, integration, and inequality: ‘us versus them’ recast?

13:15-13:45 Discussant Contribution: Richard Silburn

13:45-14:30 Lunch

Strand five: Hospitality, belonging and place theorising

14:30- 15:15 Keynote speaker: Dr Katy Sian, University of York

The semantics of inhospitality in the academy: racism, exclusion and inequity

15:15- 15:45 Paper (8): Alnoor Mitha, Manchester Metropolitan University

Who do you think you are? An Exploration Into the Boundaries of Asian Identities in Contemporary Culture

15:45-16:15 Paper (9): Drs Khawla Badwan and Samantha Wilkinson, Manchester Metropolitan University

Conceptualising place for social justice: towards ethics of sharing and hospitality

16:15- 17:00 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: Interdisciplinary threads and looking forward Keynote speakers (Dr John Bellamy- mediator)

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to disability equality. If you have any access requirements, please let us know via 0161 247 6740 or email us at before you arrive to help us to make sure that your visit to the event is as enjoyable as possible.

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