Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law and the State

Principal Investigator: Professor Alison Phipps at University of Glasgow

Awarded £1,968,749.

We are delighted to announce this funding award from the Translating Cultures Programme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council as one of its three large grants. This international project  drawing on the ground work of the Researching Multilingually team, has two overarching aims:

1)  to research interpreting, translation and multilingual practices in challenging contexts, and,

2)  while doing so, to evaluate appropriate research methods (traditional and arts based) and develop theoretical approaches for this type of academic exploration.

The international team of researchers, with their different disciplinary backgrounds, research experiences, language and performance skills, will conduct international comparative research on translation and interpretation at different kinds of border in order to develop theory, ethical research practices and research methodologies in relation to multilingual research. The project runs for 3 years, starting 1st April, 2014.

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The Researching Multilingually Network Project

Researching Multilingually is an AHRC-funded network project which explores processes and practices of researching in contexts where more than one language is involved. Nowadays, research is a multilingual endeavour. Researchers are required to work in more than one language: in interviewing; interpreting dialogues; translating documents; making ethical choices around language possibilities concerning consent forms; conducting member checks; presenting data; and reporting/publishing. Yet, little information about these multilingual research processes is available, either in the literature, through research methods training programmes, or in policy documents.

Our project, and our developing researcher network, enable us to showcase examples of good researching mutlilingually praxis, addressing theoretical and methodological choices in research planning, consent, ethical researcher language practices, processes of data generation and collection, analysis, representation, and reporting. The project has generated numerous conference presentations, workshops, seminars, a researcher network, and publications, including a special issue of six articles illustrating “researching mutlilingually” praxis in the International Journal of Applied Linguistics, to be published in December, 2013.

We are also delighted to announce that our project will continue under the banner of the AHRC large-grant project “Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law and the State”, led by Professor Alison Phipps at Glasgow University.

For more information about the initial Researching Multilingually project and related activities, or if you would like to join our researcher network, please contact the researchers:

Dr Prue Holmes (PI), Durham University

Dr Richard Fay, The University of Manchester,

Dr Jane Andrews, The University of the West of England,

Dr Mariam Attia, The University of Manchester,

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