MultiLing Winter School 2018

The first week of February, PhD students from all over the world gathered at MultiLing for our winter school: "Language Policy in Multilingual Contexts – methodological approaches."

Group photo of the winter school

Photo: Nadia Frantsen / UiO

Through their week in Oslo, the 16 participants explored and discussed different methodological approaches to language policy. The goal of the winter school was to introduce and evaluate key qualitative methods and introduce central concepts in the field of language policy, with a particular emphasis on studies in multilingual settings. Lecturers for the course were Cassie Smith-Christmas (University of Limerick) (external link), Francis M. Hult (Lund University) (external link), and Pia Lane (MultiLing).

The program for the course consisted of both lectures and hands-on seminars and case presentations, where the participants presented methodological challenges they have encountered in their research, before discussing these with the rest of the group. A recurring topic through the course was the role of the researcher, ranging from selecting a topic for our research, our role in the field and engagement with our research participants.

Smith-Christmas' sessions focused on Family Language Policy, and Hult and Lane explained the possibilities and applications of Nexus Analysis in sociolinguistic research. Filmmaker Sirkka Seljevold from UiT – The Arctic University of Norway was also there to show her documentary The Language of My Heart, about two Kven speakers in Norway and their struggles with language and identity.

We thank all the participants and speakers for their wonderful contributions and energy throughout the winter school!

More photos from MultiLing Winter School 2018

All photos by Nadia Frantsen / UiO

Winter school 2018
Published Feb. 13, 2018 2:17 PM - Last modified Mar. 17, 2020 1:10 PM