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2019-20 Language & Communication Research Seminars

The Language & Communication research cluster is excited to announce the fantastic line-up of presenters for our 2019-20 research seminars, at our HENDON CAMPUS. The seminars feature world-leading authorities and acclaimed practitioners who discuss their work on language, discourse and communication, literature, creative writing, media and cultural studies. Hope to see you all there!

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  • Dr Johan Siebers: I Interpret You. Thursday 12th December 2019, 15.00-16.00, Room G230 (Grove building).
  • Dr Josie Barnard: The Multimodal Writer. Thursday, 12th March 2020, 15.00-16.00, Room CG09 (College building).

 

 

Check back here for additional listings.

The Language and Communication Research Seminars are free and open to all staff, students and guests. For any questions or if you would like to lead a session, contact Anna Charalambidou.

Partnership with Unitas Youth Zone

Everyone at Middlesex University is so excited to be partnering with Unitas Youth Zone. And no-one is more excited than our BA English students who will be delivering the newly-launched homework club from 5th November 2019.

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Our 3rd year BA English students, Melissa and Shimyla, will be running the seniors homework club on Tuesday afternoons (for 13 -18 year old & up to 25 for those with disabilities) and the juniors (8-12 year olds) on Wednesday afternoons, from November 2019 to May 2020.

Barnet Youth Zone, named by young people as ‘Unitas’, is an independent charity for the borough’s young people aged 8 – 19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities.  The youth centre provides a safe environment where young people can enjoy themselves and develop skills to build confidence and raise attainment to create a happier and healthier generation.

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Middlesex partnership with Unitas aims:

  • To enable BA English Middlesex students develop skills and knowledge in teaching and mentoring and share experiences of university life;
  • To inspire young people from low-income families to aspire to higher level learning;
  • To support them in making informed decisions post-16 and post-18;
  • To provide role models to help raise self-esteem;
  • To improve young people’s wellbeing;
  • To enhance the visibility of English as a university subject area.

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Check back at our londonenglish.live website for updates on how our English students, Melissa and Shimyla, are getting on in the new roles as homework club helpers at Unitas.

Paint into text: the re-formation of an exhibition into a dramatic text

THE LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION RESEARCH CLUSTER IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE A PRESENTATION BY award-winning dramatist and director and Head of Media Department, James Martin Charlton, on the re-formation of an exhibition into a dramatic text.

When? Thursday 30th January 2020, 15.00 – 16.00

Where? Room CG09 (College building), Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT

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James Martin Charlton’s new play Reformation was premiered in London in June 2019. Inspired by the life of the German Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder, the play was conceived after the author visited an exhibition featuring the artist’s work for the Hohenzollern electors. This encounter with Cranach’s portraits and mythological scenes inspired a work which explores themes of sexual exploitation, power and patronage. In this seminar, the author explores how work in the static, two dimensional medium of painting can be reformed into drama, a medium which combines action and dialogue and which progresses through time and three-dimensional space. How does a painter of the 16th century inspire a contemporary dramatist? What uses does a writer make of historical research, and when might it be permissible to speculate and imagine beyond the historical record?

Biography

JMC-2019James Martin Charlton (writer) is a dramatist, director and academic.

His plays include Fat Souls and Coming Up (Warehouse Theatre, Croydon); ecstasy + Grace (Finborough Theatre); Desires of Frankenstein (Open Air, Regents Park/Pleasance, Edinburgh); The World & his Wife, I Really Must be Getting Off (The White Bear); Coward (Just Some Theatre Co.). He has written two short pieces for The Miniaturists, Fellow Creature and Battis Boy (Arcola Theatre). His recent play Been on the Job Too Long has been produced three times since 2015 (at TheatreN16, the North London Literary Festival, and the Talos Festival of Science Fiction Theatre).

He wrote an adaptation of The Pilgrim’s Progress under commission by the RSC, and his biographical play about William Blake, Divine Vision, was performed at Swedenborg Hall.

He has directed a number of contemporary plays, including Gob, Bumps (King’s Head), Plastic Zion (White Bear), Histrionics (Underbelly, Edinburgh). He has directed three site-specific production of plays by James Kenworth: Revolution Farm (after Orwell) played at Newham City Farm in 2014; A Splotch of Red: Keir Hardie in West Ham toured east London libraries and community centres in 2016; Alice in Canning Town was produced at Arc in the Park in summer 2019.

He has written and directed two short films, Apeth (2007) and Academic (2011). He wrote screenplays for the shorts Emotional Tribunal and Best Shot. He recently filmed his play Fellow Creature for 360° video, as part research project into the medium which resulted in the 2019 article ‘VR and the dramatic theatre: are they fellow creatures?’ in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.

He has lectured at UEL and Birkbeck and is currently Head of Department of Media at Middlesex University.

The Language and Communication Research Seminars are free and open to all staff, students and guests. For any questions or if you would like to lead a session, contact Anna Charalambidou.

Click here to see all 2019-20 Language & Communication research seminars.

The Middlesex Annual Roundtable on Signs, Language and Communication

The Language and Communication research cluster is pleased to announce the Second Roundtable on Signs, Language and Communication that will take place on 7 and 8 January 2020 on the campus of Middlesex University London.

The Middlesex Roundtable on Signs, Language and Communication is an annual workshop launched in January 2019 to encourage discussion between three paradigms of language and communication theory: the integrationism of Roy Harris and his followers, biosemiotics and philosophy of communication. These areas of thought and scholarship share assumptions regarding the fundamental role played by communicative interaction in the emergence of signification, meaning and relationality. They also share views of communication and language that are not limited to the understanding of language as a code-based domain.

The Roundtable is an initiative of Paul Cobley (Professor of Language and Media, Middlesex), Adrian Pablé (Associate Professor, Department of English, Hong Kong University) and Johan Siebers (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Middlesex). It aims to create fruitful interactions between these approaches in an informal context of invited papers, “flipped” conference style (short talks, long conversations) and, each year, a focus on a different topic.

The first Roundtable in 2019 provided participants with the opportunity to discuss basic features of the three approaches. A special issue of Sign Systems Studies based on the papers presented there is in preparation.

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The theme of the second Roundtable will be intersubjectivity. A program and further details about the 2020 Roundtable will be published on London English and our cluster’s website and in due course.

If you have any questions and/or would like to participate, please contact Johan Siebers.

National security as a motivation in language-in-education policy

The Language and Communication Research Cluster is delighted to announce a presentation by Professor Anthony J. Liddicoat (University of Warwick) on national security as a motivation in language-in-education policy.

When? Thursday, 26 March 2020, 15.00-16.00

Where? Room CG09 (College building), Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT

johan-R2-featForeign language education has often been associated with questions of preserving national security and, when this happens, the inclusion of security as part of the agenda for language education brings particular ideologies into the articulation of policies. One argument found commonly in language policy focused on security is the idea that ensuring security requires that a society as a whole has an understanding and knowledge of those nations or other groups which pose possible security threats and language education is seen as a way to develop such understanding and knowledge. However, what is meant by knowledge and understanding of another can be constructed in different ways.

This presentation will examine both general issues relating to language education policies relating to national security and also specific policy initiatives at particular historical moments during which security has been a key government concern. Both orientations consider language as a barrier for effective national security but construct the solution to such a barrier in different ways. They also construct different expectations around language learners and the ways that language learners are thought to intervene to resolve issues of national security.

 

Research Interests

Picture by www.edwardmoss.co.uk All rights reserved Warwick UniversityProfessor Tony Liddicoat’s research spans a number of areas of applied linguistics including language education, language policy and planning and discourse analysis. Much of his work has focused on the relationship between intercultural understanding and language teaching and learning and the ways that learning a foreign language can promote intercultural capabilities. He is especially interested in understanding how classroom practices that look at the interrelationships between language and culture in the processes of making, communicating and interpreting meanings can enhance language education. He is also interested in how societies and institutions plan language education and what the consequences of this are teachers, students and the society at large.

Biography

Professor Tony Liddicoat’s educational background is in descriptive and applied linguistics and he completed his PhD in Norman French dialects in the Department of French at the University of Melbourne. Since then the focus of his work has mainly been in applied linguistics. Before going to the University of Warwick in 2016, he worked at a number of universities in Australia teaching in both linguistics and applied linguistics. In 1999, he was one of the founding editors of the journal Current Issues in Language Planning, and since 2014 I have been the Executive Editor.

The Language and Communication Research Seminars are free and open to all staff, students and guests. For any questions or if you would like to lead a session, contact Anna Charalambidou.

Click here to see all 2019-20 Language & Communication research seminars.

Experience Week Activities

Week 6 (4th – 8th November 2019) is Experience week, and BA English Middlesex students will have no regular classes. Instead we have planned the following activities for you on Wednesday, 6th November. It will be a great opportunity for you to develop new skills, network and meet students and graduates from other programmes.

When? Wednesday, 6th November

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Unlimited Potential freshers festival

A full day of workshops and an opportunity to meet students on other programmes. Festival will include a sound-inspired creative writing workshop, and a series of wellbeing workshops aimed to improve your independent living skills, confidence, managing anxiety, relaxation techniques etc.

11.00 – 12.30 pm, GG38       ‘Hearing Narratives’

Creative Writing workshop. Book your space – https://doodle.com/poll/arqvngu73zn53cgr

2.15 – 3.15, G229              ‘Mind over Mood’

An overview of depression/low mood and anxiety, how thoughts, feelings and behaviours are all interconnected. Learning effective coping strategies to better manage low mood and anxiety. Relaxation techniques. Book your space here – https://doodle.com/poll/m23wriew2zp955wc

3.30 – 4.30, G229             ‘Life skills’

Independent living skills for students – budgeting, eating well, travel, physical health, mental health awareness, self-care, prioritisation. Book your space here – https://doodle.com/poll/i4zdreaqyn4nyrm7

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Employability event for 2nd and 3rd year students

5.15-6.30 pm, C207 ‘Careers in Communications: Stories of our Alumni’

Alumni from our journalism programmes are coming to campus to tell you their stories of getting graduate level jobs in the communications industry. The line up includes a BBC radio producer, freelance magazine writer, multimodal journalist for MailOnline, public relations manager and business development executive. Come along and learn how those who were only recently in your shoes got jobs in the comms industry. Register NOW here.

Symposium and book launch: The Multimodal Writer

We are pleased to invite you to celebrate the publication of Dr. Josie Barnard’s book, The Multimodal Writer: Creative Writing Across Genres and Media on Friday, 1st Nov, 2019, 4-7 at Middlesex University in London

This research symposium on multimodal writing with international guest speaker Professor Nigel Krauth, author of Creative Writing and the Radical, will be followed by a drinks reception.

In our digital age, writers need a new creative flexibility.  The ability to move between types of writing and technologies – often at speed – is increasingly essential.  Yet, such flexibility can be difficult to achieve, and, how to develop it remains a pressing challenge.  This symposium addresses how writers can not merely survive but, rather, thrive in an era characterised by fast-paced change.

Schedule:

4pm – Welcome (coffee)

4.30pm – Plenary lecture: Creative writing and the radical: Teaching and learning the fiction of the future, international guest speaker Professor Nigel Krauth, introduced and chaired by Dr. Josie Barnard

5.30-6pm – Q&A

6pm-7pm – Launch of Dr. Josie Barnard’s new book The Multimodal Writer plus networking (reception)

The event is free to attend and refreshments will be available but places are strictly limited so please register your interest asap by registering via the Eventbrite link below.

https://themultimodalwriter.eventbrite.co.uk

 

‘Down an East End Rabbit Hole’: adapting Lewis Carroll for an urban public environment

THE LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION RESEARCH CLUSTER IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE A PRESENTATION BY OUR COLLEAGUE AND acclaimed playwright James Kenworth ON his urban adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

When? Thursday 14th November 2019, 15.00 – 16.00

Where? Room CG82 (College), Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT

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Alice in Canning Town is a brand new contemporary, urban adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, reconfigured for the East End, and performed site-specific in Arc in the Park, an inclusive adventure playground in Canning Town. Alice is the fourth in a quadrilogy of East-End-based plays written by playwright and Middlesex lecturer James Kenworth, all dealing with revolution and social change, and all performed in appropriate locations in the East End. It follows When Chaplin met Gandhi, staged in 2012 at Kingsley Hall, where Gandhi lived and worked for 3 months; Revolution Farm, a ‘hoodie version’ of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, performed in 2014 at Newham City Farm, in the shadows of Canary Wharf; and A Splotch of Red: Keir Hardie in West Ham, documenting the historic victory of Labour’s greatest hero in West Ham, performed in 2016 at Community Links, where Hardie delivered some of his most firebrand speeches.

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imageJames Kenworth is a Playwright and a Lecturer in Media Narrative at Middlesex University. His writing include ‘verse-prose’ plays Johnny Song, Gob; black comedy Polar Bears; issue-led plays Everybody’s World (Elder Abuse)Dementia’s Journey (Dementia); plays for young people/schools The Last Story in the World; and a Newham-based trilogy of site-specific plays, When Chaplin Met Gandhi, Revolution Farm and A Splotch of Red: Keir Hardie in West Ham.

His play, Dementia’s Journey, won the 2015 University of Stirling International Dementia Award in the category: Dementia & the Arts. When Chaplin Met Gandhi and Revolution Farm is published by TSL Publications. A Splotch of Red has recently been published in a collection of political plays by Workable Press, a new publishing imprint dedicated to trade unions and organised workers.

He has extensive experience of planning, preparing and teaching playwriting and creative writing programmes/workshops for a wide variety of age groups and learners including children, young people, students and adult learners. He has worked on a regular basis on the delivery of these programmes with leading arts and educational organisations such as Spread The Word, Cardboard Citizens, Workers Educational Association University, Newham Adult Learning Service, Newham Libraries, Newham College, Community Links, Soho Theatre, University of East London and Middlesex University.

The Language and Communication Research Seminars are free and open to all staff, students and guests. For any questions or if you would like to lead a session, contact Anna Charalambidou.

Click here to see all 2019-20 Language & Communication research seminars.