our words make worlds

Language Acts and Worldmaking is a flagship project funded by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative, which aims to regenerate and transform modern language learning by foregrounding language's power to shape how we live and make our worlds.

Languages Memory: Conference

In our first conference, Languages Memory, we want to enliven our awareness of the ways in which languages are experienced, practised, taught and researched

Language Acts and Worldmaking: Small Grants Scheme

Language Act and Worldmaking is delighted to announce a new Call for Proposals for our Small Grants Scheme. For this call, we would like to extend and expand upon the theme of Languages Memory, the title of our first conference to be held in Bush House, London, 13-14 June, 2018.

Language teachers in the 21st century: Perspectives and trajectories

The Diasporic Identities research strand of the project is excited to announce a collaboration with the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) Research Network.

Making New Worlds from Old: The Translation and Transference of Ancient Mythology into Contemporary Hispanic Theatre (and Beyond)

King's College London, Strand Campus, London, WC2R 2LS

This afternoon and evening event addresses this practice in today’s Hispanic theatrical tradition, examining the manner in which writers from the Spanish-speaking world readapt tales from the Biblical and ancient worlds for their respective audiences.

King’s Worldmaking Summer Weekend

P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton St, Kings Cross, London NW1 1JD

This course is designed to empower those embarking on this journey through art and language to become self-confident agents in their own lives and in their interactions with the world.

Migrant Shores: Poetry Reading

P21 Gallery, 21-27 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD, UK

This evening of poetry readings includes a selection of works from the recently published anthology, Migrant Shores. This book defies negative assumptions about the possibilities of translating poetry, and the capacity of poetry in translation to create new international readerships.

Languages Memory: Conference

Bush House, King's College London, London, WC2R 1ES

In our first conference, Languages Memory, we want to enliven our awareness of the ways in which languages are experienced, practised, taught and researched. We will reflect upon the place of language learning and engage with the material and historical force of languages in the world. The programme is in development and will be available shortly and registration will be open in due course.

  1. Travelling Concepts

    Words in action

  2. Translation Acts

    Worldmaking on stage

  3. Digital Mediations

    Mapping multilingualism and digital culture

  4. Loaded Meanings

    New worlds for old words

  5. Diasporic Identities

    Teaching languages, mediating cultures

  6. Language Transitions

    Moving through languages