Multilingual, 2.0?

David Gramling, Assistant Professor of German

Confluencenter was a principal sponsor of this international symposium on multilingualism held at the UA in April 2012. Coming from disciplines as diverse as computational linguistics, anthropology, second language acquisition, comparative literature and translation studies, a body of prominent scholars from around the world met for a public discussion about what it means to live in more than one language in the 21st century, including all of the emotions, politics, identities, practices, pleasures and dangers that doing so can involve. More than 200 people attended this three-day event, as well as 250 individual online viewers from around the world. Information on the symposium is at Issues of the peer-reviewed journal, "Critical Multilingualism Studies," that emerged as a result of this conference, can be found here. This publication traces "state of the art" multilingualism research across disciplines that often lack a common venue for dialogue on this burgeoning topic. The Confluencenter grantees for this project were two assistant professors in German Studies (COH), David Gramling and Chantelle Warner, as well as an assistant professor in Turkish Studies, Aslı Iğsız.

The success of the earlier conference and the journal was recognized by international organizations, including the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) of the United Kingdom. The council awarded a team of global research collaborators, which includes Gramling and Warner, a $3 million grant to initiate a new project, "Researching Multilingually: At the Borders of Language, the Body, Law and the State." Gramling and Warner hosted another conference in March 2016, funded by the AHRC grant. Gramling said it "all started with Confluencenter. Simply put, the Confluencenter grant helped found a new scholarly discipline. I would also credit the Center for the creation of three of my courses, GER 242 Language and Power, GER 461/561 The Task of the Translator, and HNRS 400 The Multilingual Subject."

Other related outcomes include Gramling's book The Invention of Monolingualism, and his invitation to: three symposiums, two keynotes lectures, five invited lectures, three refereed chapters and numerous journal articles.