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Performing Multilingualism in World Literatures: Aesthetics and Activism

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Exeter College

University of Oxford

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‘Performing multilingualism' is construed as a challenge to linguistic hierarchies and as a testimony to the importance of linguistic diversity and malleability for freedom of expression and democracy. Papers at the conference investigate the potential of literary and cultural works as sites or forums of dramatic experimentation and creative multilingualism, where languages can work as active and dynamic forces that combine, collide, intersect, and conflict.

The multilingual aesthetics emerging in these stagings of linguistic juxtaposition and interplay may at the same time serve to probe and develop theoretical conceptions of the relationship between multilingualism and monolingualism, and to expose the ways in which language users of all kinds are able to activate languages in such a way as challenge ideological assumptions around linguistic categories. The performance of multilingualism is further explored as a form of activism in contexts where the institutionalisation of monolingualism takes place at the expense of diverse and plural linguistic forms, dialects, and idiolects.

The 3-day conference will build on work from our January 2018 conference: Multilingualism in World Literature. The conference is organised by the World Literatures strand of the Creative Multilingualism programme, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of the Open World Research Initiative.

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