Re-shaped into a virtual workshop: Disrupting Digital Monolingualism
June 16, 2020 - June 17, 2020
UPDATE: due to the Covid-19 health situation the event is planned to be re-shaped into a virtual workshop
An international workshop on languages in critical digital theory and practice
Hosted by Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London
A ‘Language Acts & Worldmaking’ project initiative
There has been increasing attention in the past few years to the challenges of multilingualism in digital practice. It has been widely accepted that digital ecosystems have a ‘language and geocultural diversity’ problem – at present they have a strong bias towards firstly English, and then a small group of (mostly European) languages. A series of initiatives has attempted to address this imbalance in a variety of ways, whether driven by practice (language diversity guidelines, multilingual toolkits, open data repositories, and endangered languages archives) or theory (biocultural diversity, digital modern languages and translingual/transcultural critiques).
This two-day workshop brings together leading researchers, educators, digital practitioners, language-focused professionals, policy makers and other interested parties to address the challenges of multilingualism in digital spaces and to collectively propose new models and solutions. The workshop will combine both conceptual (strategy, policy and theory) and practical perspectives (digital ecosystems, methods and tools with a focus on language). It aims to strengthen connections between numerous overlapping digital and languages-driven conversations and initiatives.
The core themes of the workshop are:
- Linguistic and geocultural diversity in digital knowledge infrastructures
- Working with multilingual data
- Transcultural and translingual approaches to digital study
- Artificial intelligence, machine learning and NLP in language worlds
The workshop is aimed at those interested in multilingual and cross-cultural approaches to digital practice, and is likely to be of particular interest to those working in the areas of: modern languages and linguistics; multilingualism research (including endangered or minority languages and community languages); digital cultural heritage; digital humanities; new media and internet research; critical digital infrastructure studies; digital policy; translation studies; AI, machine learning and NLP.
The aims of the workshop are:
- To map the current state of multilingualism in digital theory and practice through, and across, languages
- To identify areas of ‘language indifference’ in digital methodologies and infrastructure
- To bring together experts in language-driven digital study and practice to discuss priorities for future action and potential collaboration
- To discuss the value and role of languages in digital theory and practice and their implications for language study and professions
- To explore emerging models for linguistic diversity and languages-aware digital practice in academia, education and private/third sectors and to document best practice
This workshop is led by the Language Acts and Worldmaking project with the support of the Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community project, both funded by the AHRC under its Open World Research Initiative.