Contemporary Perspectives on Language Research

March 23, 2023, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Multipurpose Room (PCN 2012), Ponderosa Commons North 6455 University Blvd

In this two-session dialogue with Visiting Scholars, sponsored by LLED and Language Sciences, we expand our analytical lens and engage with diverse epistemologies, tools, and methods in language research. How can writing stories and using digital tools to analyze data and represent findings contribute to reflexive practice? What constitutes a decolonial sociolinguistics and how can it shape a framing of Southern epistemologies that enables broader ways of thinking about language? Join us as we engage in conversation with two international scholars, Dr. Sal Consoli and Dr. Sinfree Makoni, who are reshaping the field of language and education.

Lunch is served from 12:30 to 1:30pm. All are invited. Please RSVP if you’re joining us for lunch using the button below. 



Dr. Sal Consoli, University of Edinburgh
Thursday, March 2023 | 11:00 – 12:30 PM | PCN 2012  

Speaker bio: 

Dr. Consoli has published in various international peer-reviewed journals, such as TESOL Quarterly, System, and the Journal of English for Academic Purposes. He has developed the concept of life capital which offers a lens to account for (language) learners’ and teachers’ life stories and understand how these interact with learning and teaching experiences. Dr Consoli has co-edited a Special Issue on Narrative Inquiry for the journal System and one on Research Engagement for the journal Educational Action Research. He is also co-editor of Reflexivity in Applied Linguistics (Routledge, 2023).

Dr. Sinfree Makoni, Penn State University
Thursday, March 2023 | 1:30 – 3:00 PM | PCN 2012

Speaker bio: 

Dr. Makoni’s most recent co-edited books with Routledge include Innovations and Challenges to Applied Linguistics from the Global South; Integrational Linguistics and Philosophy of Language in the Global South; The Languaging of Higher Education in the Global South; and Language in the Global South. His co-edited Multilingual Matters publications include Decolonial Voices, Language and Race, and From Decolonial Linguistics to Southern Sociolinguistics. He is also co-editor of the new Multilingual Matters book series Global Forum on Southern Epistemologies. He currently serves as co-editor of the Journal of Applied Linguistics.

View details here for a luncheon with Dr. Sinfree Makoni

First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that UBC’s campuses are situated within the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, and in the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation and their peoples.

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