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Gentle Activism: Decolonising the arts curriculum through translanguaging

Odeniyi, Victoria (2021) Gentle Activism: Decolonising the arts curriculum through translanguaging. In: MOSAIC Research Seminar, 3 November 2021, University of Birmingham, Online.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Odeniyi, Victoria

Universities are increasingly branding themselves as global, yet language in education policies and practices do not always reflect or adapt to the increasingly international and multilingual student body.

The presentation reports on an ethnographically-oriented study concerned with understanding the complexity of teaching and communication practices within online classrooms. The study combines the analysis of ethnographic fieldwork and classroom interaction and draws on the iterative principles of ethnographic monitoring reflecting a desire to effect institutional change (Van de Aa & Blommaert, 2011). Translanguaging has been defined in diverse ways (Garcia and Li Wei, 2014) and relevant conceptualisations for the presentation are: translanguaging as a normative practice among multilingual speakers and translanguaging as a description of practices which includes multimodal and other semiotic resources (see McKinney 2020).

I share one or two insights from the project fieldwork in order to make visible the role of translanguaging in art and design practice with a focus on how multilingual students make use of multiple scripts and multiple languages, in doing so speaking back to a largely Anglonormative institution. At the same time, explicit reference to the role of language(s) is often missing from current initiatives to decolonise the university curriculum. To increase participation amongst ethno-linguistically diverse groups, I suggest that new ways of thinking are needed which may demand more from universities as inequalities and injustices are tackled.

Official Website: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/education/research/mosaic/events/victoria-odeniyi-gentle-activism.aspx
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Date: 3 November 2021
Event Location: University of Birmingham, Online
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2022 11:08
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2022 11:40
Item ID: 18628
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/18628

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