Symposium – “Interculturality in a Precarious Future: Multiple Contexts, Multiple Voices”

  • Date:
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Location: University of Leeds:  Edward Boyle Research Meeting Room (Level 13)

A symposium will be held on Friday 26, October at the University of Leeds to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the MA in Professional Languages and Intercultural Studies (MAPLIS) and raise awareness of intercultural studies as a new subject area in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (LCS). The symposium will include speakers who all, in one form or another, make use of interculturality in their work across the globe.  Speakers will range from experienced academics to postgraduate researchers and keynote presentations will be delivered by Professor Adrian Holliday from Canterbury Christ Church University and Dr Veronica Crosbie from Dublin City University.  Other presenters include Dr Vivien Zhou (Edinburgh Napier) and Dr Lou Harvey, Katy Manns, Jenna Isherwood, Dr Alex Ding, Dr Nina Wardleworth, Dr Tim Thurston, Petra Desatova and Souad Boumechaal from the University of Leeds.

As well as considering how individual speakers make use of the concept of the intercultural in their work, the symposium will encourage discussion about the sustainability of the concept of interculturality and its continuing relevance, particularly as the concept is frequently co-opted to serve a range of ideologies such as neoliberalism and state multiculturalism.  The symposium is free to all to attend, but if you’d like to attend please email the following address to confirm your attendance and also specify whether you will attend for the entire day or for a portion of the symposium.  Registering your attendance will facilitate the organisation of the symposium and will ensure your access into the Edward Boyle Library.


Schedule of presentations

Coffee/Tea:    9:00 – 9:15

Keynote 1 – Adrian Holliday:   9:15 – 10:10
Learning from the de-centred people who arrive.

Vivien Zhou:  10:10 – 10:30
‘But students don’t interact – what do they learn?’ Negotiating interculturality in internationalising higher education.

Katy Manns & Jenna Isherwood:  10:30 – 10:50
Building a Global Community at Leeds: challenges and opportunities.

Alex Ding:   10:50 – 11:10
The Micro-politics of English for Academic Purposes.

Questions for presenters:   11:10  – 11:20

Break:   11:25 – 11:40

Nina Wardleworth:   11:40 – 12:00
What place for Interculturality in the French Republican context?

Tim Thurston:    12:00 – 12:20
Building a toolkit for a precarious present.

Petra Desatova:    12:20 – 12:40
Nation Branding in Non-Democratic Regimes: In Search for Thainess.

Questions for presenters:     12:40 – 2:55

Lunch:     12:55 – 1:40

Keynote 2 – Veronica Crosbie:     1:40 –   2:35
Radical love, hospitality and capabilities: musings on migration and critical cosmopolitanism in higher education settings.

Lou Harvey:      2:35 – 2:55
The Translator: A public intercultural performance pedagogy of solidarity.

Souad Boumechaal:     2:55 – 3:15
Interculturality in English Language Teaching and Learning: The Case of the Algerian Higher Education.

Questions for presenters:     3:15 – 3:30

Final Questions & Discussion:    3:30 – 4:00