Applied Linguistics research landscape in the (post-)Covid world
(Friday 2nd September, 2-3.30 PM)
Chair: Mel Evans
Q&A: Gavin Brookes
Publicity: Taehee Choi
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about profound changes to the way we live and work. It has pushed society to rapidly embrace digital technology in almost all aspects of our life and provided an impetus to innovation and the transition to a post-digital world. At the same time, it has exacerbated inequalities and social injustice in areas such as digital and media literacy, education and access to vaccinations, and highlighted the importance of mental health, resilience and multilingualism in crisis and health communication.
As an interdisciplinary field, Applied Linguistics aims to understand language-related issues in this rapidly changing world. The colloquium will discuss emerging and long-term research and teaching agendas and trends in applied linguistics as we begin to recover from the early peaks of the pandemic. To what extent and in what way has Covid-19 changed the research agendas and methodologies of Applied Linguistics and impacted on the Applied Linguist community? Which research areas have emerged, been reenergised or perhaps sustained as a consequence of this change in intellectual environment? What strengths, challenges and opportunities do applied linguistics and educational practitioners in the field have in coping with health crisis and related socio-political debates? Going forward, how shall we take on board the lessons from our lived experience with Covid-19, build Applied Linguistics as a field, and foreground its capability to tackle real world problems through academic and community collaboration?
SPEAKERS (alphabetical order):
• Tae-Hee Choi, The Education University of Hong Kong
Toward Equitable Education in the (Post-)Covid World: Supporting linguistic minority students during remote learning
• Niall Curry, Coventry University
The COVID-19 pandemic: A global phenomenon with a shared understanding?
• Kyria Finardi, Federal University of Espirito Santo
Applied Linguistics Engagement in and with Sustainable Development Goals, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: some possibilities
• Lauren Hall-Lew, University of Edinburgh
COVID-19 Lockdown: Freedom & Choice
• Agnes He, Stony Brook University
Applied linguistics for truth and justice
• Tony McEnery, Lancaster University