Critical Realist Discourse Analysis, Motherhood and Gender: A Systematic Method of Analysis

4-6pm on Thursday 19th April, Building 6, Room 1081, Highfield Campus

In this talk, Dr Wendy Sims-Schouten (University of Portsmouth) proposes a method for undertaking applied critical realist discourse analysis (CRDA) with a specific focus on talk around motherhood, female employment and daycare generated from interviews with Dutch and English mothers (N=40).

This will be done through providing a framework, a method, for making sense of the participants’ narratives and accounts, looking at discursive and non-discursive factors through proposing three distinctive phases (a scaffolding phase, a data collection phase, and a synthesised discourse analysis phase) grounded in Bhaskar’s critical realist approach. Focusing on abduction, retroduction and Bhaskar’s (2014) ‘laminated systems’ (irreducible mechanisms that influence a phenomenon at different levels/scales) Sims-Schouten aims to provide insight into causal variables and structures that scaffold the participants’ narratives.

You can register for the talk on Eventbrite.

“Physical Pain and Barroque Suffering in Modern Spanish History” – the 2018 Perez de Ayala Lecture

The annual Perez de Ayala Lecture will be given by Javier Moscoso, Research Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the Institute of History of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The lecture is entitled “Physical Pain and Barroque Suffering in Modern Spanish History” and will be held at 6pm on Wednesday 25th April 2018 at Avenue Campus.

To see more information and to book your place visit the Humanities events website.

Call for papers extended – BAAL Language Learning and Teach SIG, July 2018

CLLEAR
University of Southampton

BAAL
The deadline for submitting a propsal to “Language teaching and learning in unstable times, and in changing political landscapes”, the BAAL SIG running on 12th-13th July 2018, has now been extended to Wednesday 21st March. You can find out more about the event from our previous blog post.

Second call for papers – 14th Annual Conference of the BAAL Language Learning and Teaching SIG

CLLEAR
University of Southampton

BAAL

“Language teaching and learning in unstable times, and in changing political landscapes” – the 14th Annual Conference of the BAAL Language Learning and Teaching Special Interest Group

12 & 13 July 2018

Hosted by the Centre for Language Learning, Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR), Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (MLL), University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Proposal deadline is Friday 16th March 2018

CONFERENCE THEME: “Language teaching and learning in unstable times, and in changing political landscapes”

The theme of the LLT SIG conference at Southampton in 2018 will enable participants to discuss the challenges offered to traditional language education policy and practice by increasing interconnected globalization and changing conceptions of identity, accompanied by a rise in global migratory flows, resurgent nationalism and social inequality. These challenges have both foreseen and unforeseen consequences for the development and implementation of language education policy, and for teaching, learning and assessment practices. We invite papers and posters which make a contribution to understanding the issues which arise in the pre-school, school, and university language curriculum, in community-based and online learning and teaching contexts, and in the evaluation and management processes which shape language education experiences.

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

Abstracts are invited on any aspect of language teaching and learning, based on research in Applied Linguistics or related perspectives on language education. Abstracts which address the conference theme, and which relate to lesser taught languages, such as Chinese, will be particularly welcome.
Proposals are invited for paper presentations of 20 minutes + 5 minutes for questions. Poster proposals are also welcome. A title + abstract of maximum 250 words should be submitted. Abstracts should report original research and profile the context, objectives, method(s), and results of your study.
All proposals should be submitted by 16 March 2018 here.

Call for papers – 14th Annual Conference of the BAAL Language Learning and Teaching Special Interest Group

CLLEAR
University of Southampton

BAAL

“Language teaching and learning in unstable times, and in changing political landscapes” – the 14th Annual Conference of the BAAL Language Learning and Teaching Special Interest Group

12 & 13 July 2018

Hosted by the Centre for Language Learning, Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR), Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (MLL), University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

PLENARY SPEAKERS

Fiona Copland – University of Stirling
John Gray – UCL Institute of Education
Tony Liddicoat – University of Warwick

CONFERENCE THEME: “Language teaching and learning in unstable times, and in changing political landscapes”

The theme of the LLT SIG conference at Southampton in 2018 will enable participants to discuss the challenges offered to traditional language education policy and practice by increasing interconnected globalization and changing conceptions of identity, accompanied by a rise in global migratory flows, resurgent nationalism and social inequality. These challenges have both foreseen and unforeseen consequences for the development and implementation of language education policy, and for teaching, learning and assessment practices. We invite papers and posters which make a contribution to understanding the issues which arise in the pre-school, school, and university language curriculum, in community-based and online learning and teaching contexts, and in the evaluation and management processes which shape language education experiences.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Abstracts are invited on any aspect of language teaching and learning, based on research in Applied Linguistics or related perspectives on language education. Abstracts which address the conference theme, and which relate to lesser taught languages, such as Chinese, will be particularly welcome.
Proposals are invited for paper presentations of 20 minutes + 5 minutes for questions. Poster proposals are also welcome. A title + abstract of maximum 250 words should be submitted. Abstracts should report original research and profile the context, objectives, method(s), and results of your study.
All proposals should be submitted by 16 March 2018 here.

SCHOLARSHIPS

A small number of scholarships covering the conference fee and accommodation are available for student presenters. To apply, please complete the scholarship field on the abstract submission page.
Notifications of the acceptance of abstracts will be sent out by 16 April 2018, and those awarded scholarships will be informed by 23 April 2018.

CONFERENCE FEES

BAAL Members: £160
Non-BAAL Members: £185
Students/Unwaged(Baal members and non-members): £135
The conference fee includes: registration, teas/coffees, and lunch.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
You can register for the conference, and book accommodation on campus for campus for 1 or 2 nights (£42 per night), and the conference dinner at St Mary’s football stadium (£50, including transport) at the University of Southampton Online Store.

For further general information please visit the conference website, and follow our latest updates through our Facebook group and Twitter account.
Specific questions and inquiries can be submitted to E.M.Forward@soton.ac.uk.
Conference co-chairs: Richard Kiely and Julia Huettner, Centre for Language Learning, Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR), Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (MLL), University of Southampton.
Conference administrator: Erin Forward

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Southampton!

Intercultural Connections Southampton to host free events in September

Intercultural Connections Southampton

Intercultural Connections Southampton will be hosting two free events for staff (including PGR students) in September:

Seminar on working interculturally
A seminar on working interculturally will take place on Monday 19th September from 10:00-13:00 in Building 85, Room 2207. During this seminar, results of the Staff Survey will be presented, specifically in relation to the international and intercultural aspects of working at the University. The seminar aims to generate constructive ideas on how the experience of intercultural working can be improved. Spaces are limited for this event, so please register by Wednesday 14th September on Eventbrite.

International Staff Café
On Wednesday 21st September from 14:00-16:00, the first International Staff Café of the academic year will take place in the Nuffield Kitchen. The event will be opened by colleagues from the Intercultural Connections Southampton Project (ICS), in collaboration with Julie Reeves from the Institute for Learning Innovation and Development (ILIaD). There will also be informal talks from Keith Johnstone (the new Director of International Relations and Development) and Aline Giordano (Doctoral College Manager). The International Staff Café welcomes all staff, wherever you are from, however long you have been at the University and whatever your role is. Book your place via Eventbrite before 16th September.

Modern Languages to host BALEAP PIM on English Medium Instruction

BALEAP PIM - June 2016

The Department of Modern Languages at the University of Southampton will be hosting this year’s BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting on Saturday 11th June 2016 at Avenue Campus. The event is entitled: EMI in Higher Education: the challenges and the opportunities.

This year’s event promises to be a whirlwind tour of Japan, the Sudan, Hungary, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Dubai, Malaysia, Bulgaria and Turkey, not to mention Ireland and the UK. Discussions will address a broad range of issues around English Medium Instruction and its interface with EAP, including ethics, training, assessment, NES versus NNES teachers, and language versus content.

For further details about the event, including how to register, visit the Modern Languages website.

University hosts successful China Day as part of Culture Festival week

China Day

China Day, hosted jointly by the Faculty of Humanities, the Confucius Institute and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, with support from SUSU, took place on 27th April 2016 in the SUSU Concourse, and was a great success! Activities included a traditional music performance, paper cutting, calligraphy, Kung-fu and a photo exhibition. Some of the highlights of the event can be seen on this short video.

The day was organised as part of the SUSU Culture Festival from 25th-19th April 2016, a celebration of the different nationalities and cultures we have at the University of Southampton. The week featured a huge variety of events organised by different student societies and supported by volunteers. For further details on SUSU Culture Festival, visit the SUSU website.

Brazilian Carnival at the Students’ Union

Brazilian Carnival display

This Saturday, SLAPS (the Spanish, Latin American and Portuguese Society) and the Brazilian Society are holding a Carnival in Bar 2 of SUSU (Southampton University Students’ Union) this Saturday.

A display about the event can be seen along the north corridor of Avenue Campus, and more information about the event, including where to buy tickets, is available on the Facebook event page.