SOAS University of London

Researching Multilingually: Possibilities and Complexities ONLINE WORKSHOP

16 June 2020
Researching Multilingually: Possibilities and Complexities

Friday 10 July 2020, 11am - 4pm

Sara Ganassin and Judith Reynolds (workshop co-ordinators)

▪ Am I allowed to include literature in Turkish?

▪ What if I conduct my interviews in Mandarin but have to write all my thesis in English?

▪ If I include data in Hindi, how will this affect my word count? How will the thesis be examined?

▪ Do I transcribe first then translate, or the other way round?

If you encounter one or more of these questions in your research then this workshop is for you!

In this online event, we will draw on the experiences and reflections of researchers involved with the AHRC-funded projects: (AH/J005037/1) and (AH/L006936/1), and associated research, to explore the possibilities for and complexities of what we term “researching multilingually”— how researchers draw on their own linguistic resources, and those of others, when undertaking research involving more than one language.

Through a combination of preparatory activities and ‘live’ workshop-style discussions, we will be inviting you, our workshop participants, to explore and apply these insights to your own research projects. Our aim is to support your developing researcher awareness with regard to your practices of researching multilingually. In this way, with you, we will be working towards a more clearly articulated ‘researching multilingually’ methodology.

The overall objectives of the workshop are to:

• introduce participants to the possibilities for and complexities of researching multilingually

• invite participants to consider ethical and other issues where research involving more than one language is concerned

• support participants as they develop their confidence and competence when researching multilingually

• offer participants the space to reflect on their own ‘researching multilingually’ practice

Preparatory activities (2-3 hrs)

To be completed in the participant’s own time in advance of the live workshop.

Materials will be made available to participants one week in advance of the event.

1. Two pre-readings:

Holmes, Fay, Andrews and Attia, 2016; Ganassin and Holmes, 2019.

2. Introductory lecture:

An introduction to “researching multilingually”. What are the possibilities for and complexities of researching multilingually? This session is an introduction to the concept of “researching multilingually” and its underpinning research. To be viewed online.

3. Case study reading and reflection:

Reading of one allocated case study of researcher experiences with researching multilingually, and individual reflection on the case study through responding to some prompt questions.

These will form the basis of discussion in the live workshop.

Live workshop (10th July, 11am – 4pm, including breaks)
Interactive Session A 11.00am – 1.00pm

• Welcome and introductions

• Aims and goals for the workshop

• Facilitated group discussions of the Case Studies - developing researching multilingually awareness, and encouraging reflection on applying researching multilingually processes and practices

15 mins break

• Live case study presentation from Judith, plus discussion and Q&A

• Explanation of the independent task “Researching multilingually in your own project” (to be completed during the break, before Interactive Session B)

• Further Q&A time, and closing of Session A

BREAK (2hrs)
Interactive Session B 3.00pm – 4.00pm

• Welcome back and introduction to Session B

• Facilitated discussion of and reflection on the independent task “Researching multilingually in your own project”

• Summary and signposting to further resources

• Further Q&A time, and closing of Session B

Numbers are limited so do register in advance to secure a place.