UEA UNESCO Chair webinar series | Language Sanctuaries : Why language is integral to the arts of integration, Glasgow 27 April

University of Sanctuary at the University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
United Kingdom
Monday, 27 April, 2020 - 13:00


We are delighted to invite you to participate in our popular #All4Social Change University of East Anglia webinar series.

On Monday 27th April at 1 pm (BST), the webinar will be a joint event with the UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts at Glasgow University, hosted by the University of Sanctuary at the University of East Anglia on  ‘Language sanctuaries: why language is integral to the arts of integration’.

In this webinar, Alison Phipps with Gameli Tordzro, Naa Densua Tordzro, Tawona Sitholé, Sahar Alshobaki and Giovanna Fassetta, will present the work of the UNESCO Chair for Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, with a particular focus on the ways in which language may offer sanctuary. This will include an examination of different policies that focus on integration through language acquisition; a critical assessment of the pitfalls in focusing on language acquisition as a technological or technocratic 'fix' to the tasks accompanying integration; a discussion of the ways in which a monolingual perspective dominates and shapes understandings of the language acquisition; and a consideration of shifting policy landscapes.

In the presentation, Alison with colleagues will draw on insights from their work in Gaza, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Aoteaora, Scotland and in refugee communities which take a sanctuary view of language. The webinar will include poetry, story, dance and song together with more traditional academic presentation.

Register for FREE at: https://bit.ly/Language_Sanctuaries  You will then just have to click on your registration link to join the webinar on the day.

The series continues on Thursday 30th April at 1 pm (BST) with a panel discussion on ‘Volunteer Responses to Covid-19: what can we learn moving forward?’ (see attached poster) This webinar is jointly hosted with the University of East Anglia Institute for Volunteering Research, including presentations from contrasting institutional and country contexts by Abu Bakar Samura (Sierra Leone), Cindee Crehan (UK) and Radha Poudel (Nepal), and moderated by Matt Bailey Smith (Northumbria University). Register for FREE at: www.bit.ly/VolunteerLearningCOVID

We join with BALID (British Association for Literacy in Development) on Wednesday 6th May (midday BST) to host a webinar on ‘Literacy and Human Rights in Rwanda’. This will take the form of presentations by Louis Busingye and Alice Copping, with contributions from Alex Mugabo (policy respondent) and Anuprita Shukla (academic respondent). Further details are here: https://www.bigmarker.com/uea-unesco-chair/Literacy-and-human-rights-in-Rwanda

We hope you will be able to join us at one or all of the webinars.

Any questions, please contact: [email protected]


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