UEA, Room tbc
Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts.
In this lecture Alison will present the work of the UNESCO Chair for Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts with a particular focus on the way language may offer sanctuary. She will examine some of the pitfalls in focusing on language acquisition as technological or technocratic ‘fix’ to the tasks accompanying integration and the policies in place which focus on integration through language acquisition. She will also examine some of the ways a monolingual perspective dominates and shapes understandings of language acquisition before presenting work under taken in Gaza, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Aoteaora and Scotland and in refugee communities in the Global South which takes a sanctuary view of language.
The lecture will include poetry, story, dance and song together with more traditional academic presentation, and a consideration of shifting policy landscapes.
This event is open to all. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org