(Largely) Multilingual Thursday, 2nd September

1. First today, “Rejecting abyssal thinking in the language and education of racialized bilinguals: A manifesto”. Trenchant, thought-provoking stuff from Li Wei and colleagues that aims to “challenge prevailing assumptions about language, bilingualism, and education that are based on raciolinguistic ideologies with roots in colonialism” https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15427587.2021.1935957 When you get chance, give this serious piece the time it deserves.

2. Good notice of the launch of The Invention of Multilingualism by David Gramling on Monday, September 20th at 17:00 UK time; David will be ‘in conversation’ with Claire Kramsch and Zhu Hua.

Registration here https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5716297143381/WN_bjzB0q7HQl6ll08f0IB4IQ

and more info on the book and the series it’s part of here https://www.cambridge.org/core/series/key-topics-in-applied-linguistics/26B8BA9543A4AFC67B5195C07502B3C0

3. Courtesy of my colleague Ann, three pieces by and about Riz Ahmed:

first, his film The Long Goodbye https://youtu.be/Lzz50xENH4g Compelling watching and, be warned, violent in parts;

second, a piece discussing the translanguaging and code switching in The Long Goodbye from the Creative Multilingualism website https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/blog/exploring-multilingualism/we-code-switch-riz-ahmed/index.html

third, a review of the stage version of The Long Goodbye, to give you a sense of the themes to do with British Asian identity that Ahmed explores https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/feb/07/riz-ahmed-the-long-goodbye-livestream-review-mif-manchester-international-festival

4. And, finally and funkily, Franc Moody https://youtu.be/ey7IbZslpZI

Other musicians are available, here https://music.britishcouncil.org/selector-radio/selector-sessions

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