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Polish Britain: Multilingualism and Diaspora Community

9 February 2018

William Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

A one-day international conference on the subject of multilingualism among Polish communities in the United Kingdom and in broader contexts. The conference will take place as part of Cambridge’s ‘Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies’ (MEITS) research project under the AHRC Open World Research Initiative.

Polish is now the second most commonly spoken language, after English, in England and Wales. Over a million Poles live in the United Kingdom, and the vast majority of them are multilingual and live in multilingual environments. In this conference, we aim to present a broad view of multilingualism in a range of different contexts connected with Poles, Polish communities, and the Polish language in Britain. We will put a diverse set of different approaches into dialogue, including perspectives from applied and theoretical linguistics, psychology, literary studies, language teaching, education, and community activism.

We will connect the question of multilingualism with broader issues of migration and multicultural society. Papers will examine multilingualism among Poles, but also the phenomena of non-Poles learning Polish and of multilingualism among Ukrainian migrants in Poland.

The conference takes place 9:15am–6:30pm and will be convened by Stanley Bill, Lecturer in Polish Studies at Cambridge, and Edyta Nowosielska, Lector in Polish at Cambridge.

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Stanley Bill , Lecturer in Polish Studies at Cambridge

Edyta Nowosielska, Lector in Polish at Cambridge

Thomas Bak, University of Edinburgh
Michael Byram, Durham University
Jan Fellerer, University of Oxford
Elwira Grossman, University of Glasgow
Myroslava Keryk, Fundacja ‘Nasz Wybór’, Warsaw
Kinga Kozminska, Birkbeck, University of London
Jakub Krupa, Polish Press Agency, London
Elżbieta Kwiatkowska, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw
Anna Martowicz, Association for the Promotion of Polish Language Abroad
Yaron Matras, University of Manchester
Lisa-Maria Müller, University of Cambridge
Anna Seretny, Jagiellonian University in Kraków
Zofia Wodniecka-Chlipalska, Jagiellonian University in Kraków
Katarzyna Zechenter, University College London

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