Our words make worlds. In a time when linguistic manipulation is increasingly used to shape our politics, communities and societies, it is imperative that we understand the material force of language, how we shape our worlds through language and how each of us has a stake in this process. The Language Acts and Worldmaking series builds upon the research organized by the Language Acts and Worldmaking project, which was funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) with the collaboration of King’s College London, The Open University, Queen Mary University of London and the University of Westminster. The series encourages engagement with leading practitioners and researchers to stimulate readers’ curiosity about how the languages we use affect how we think and feel about ourselves, other people, and the world around us.
WHAT IS WORLDMAKING?
Language is examined as a material and historical force through which individuals construct their personal, local and transnational identities. This we call ‘worldmaking’.
WHY THIS SERIES?
- Challenge widely-held views about language learning as a neutral instrument of globalisation
- Innovate and transform language research, teaching and learning, together with modern languages as an academic discipline
- Put research into the hands of wider audiences
- Demonstrate the indispensable value of language learning for understanding how societies are structured and governed
- Empower culturally aware and self-reflective citizens.
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