Language and Identity Workshop Series 1: Transpositioning

January 19, 2023


Type Lecture
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / Applying students / International students / Alumni / Companies / Junior high school students / High school students / University students / Academic and Administrative Staff
Date(s) February 2, 2023 17:30 — 18:30
Location Online
Venue Zoom Webinar
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method Advance registration required
Registration Period January 19, 2023 — February 2, 2023
Language and Identity Workshop Series
Workshop 1: Theory and Methods of Linguistic Identity Keynote

This talk extends the concept of translanguaging by looking at transitional mutilinguals’ journey of Transpositioning – a process where people break from their pre-set or prescribed roles and switch perspectives with others, through communicative practices such as translanguaging and transmodalities, by releasing one’s self from conventions and fostering a greater sense of possibility, freeing ourselves from habitual thinking, and building empathy for others involved in the process. Transpositioning highlights the multiple and interwoven layers of emplacements and positionings that are entailed in communications which cross and transcend the boundaries that have historically shaped our thinking about the world and its inhabitants. Transpositioning requires border thinking, i.e. thinking from the outside, using alternative epistemological traditions and alternative languages of expression. Methodological implications of taking a transpositioning perspective on doing identity in a diverse and ever-changing world will be discussed. 

Speaker: Professor LI Wei 
Professor LI Wei is a Director and Dean of the UCL Institute of Education at the University College London. He holds a Chair in Applied Linguistics and is a Fellow of the British Academy, Academia Europaea, Academy of Social Sciences, UK, and Royal Society of Arts, UK.
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