Archived ebulletin September 2004

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This bulletin contains information on the following:

  1. Materials development projects (New)
  2. Pedagogic research projects
  3. Cascading good practice: 'Workshops to Go' project
  4. Guest speaker fund
  5. First year undergraduate courses in Languages and Linguistics seminar
  6. Linguistics and Literature workshop
  7. Disciplinary identity of Area Studies conference
  8. "...Waking Up In The British Library..." Early English Books Online - Text Creation Partnership launch event
  9. Translation conference
  10. Annual IALIC conference (Politics, plurilingualism and linguistic identity)
  11. Languages open doors conference
  12. Race and ethnicity conference
  13. Regular feature in THES
  14. Widening participation in Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies

Subject Centre projects: Invitations to bid

1. Materials development projects (New)

The Subject Centre's Materials Bank has been set up to encourage and facilitate the sharing of teaching materials in Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies. The Subject Centre is currently seeking to expand and develop this resource and is making some funds available for the development of additional materials for the Bank. We are inviting bids for small-scale projects (max £5000 per project) which will develop new materials that can be made available for sharing across the sector. Projects should, therefore, relate to materials that address an area of need (e.g. lack of good/available resources), a particular teaching issue/method/tool or relate to a core aspect of a discipline. Click here for further details and an application form. The closing date for applications is 30 November 2004 and projects will begin in January 2005.

2. Pedagogic research projects

A reminder that the deadline for the pedagogical research fund is 15 November 2004.

3. Cascading good practice: 'Workshops to Go' project

A reminder that the deadline for 'Workshops to go' is 8 November 2004.

4. Guest speaker fund

The Subject Centre has a small amount of funding available to support colleagues in HE institutions who wish to invite Guest Speakers to contribute to staff development in the learning and teaching of Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies within their institution (no deadline).

Subject Centre events

5. First year undergraduate courses in Languages and Linguistics seminar

29 October 2004, CILT, London
This event follows on from the Seminar entitled "English Language and Linguistics: from A-level to BA" which the Subject Centre ran in October 2003. This year we are running a complementary event focusing on curriculum issues at first year undergraduate level and how they relate to admission requirements, including "A" level. More information on the First year undergraduate courses in Languages and Linguistics seminar.

6. Linguistics and Literature workshop

26 November 2004, Women's Library, London Metropolitan University
This event will consist of four sessions that will give a short account of the intellectual base for the field together with practical sessions on applications of linguistic techniques to literary studies. More information on the Linguistics and Literature workshop.

7. Disciplinary identity of Area Studies conference

29 November 2004, CILT, London
Area Studies courses are widely taught in UK Higher Education, and multidisciplinary Area Studies Associations continue to thrive yet practitioners generally see themselves primarily as historians, political scientists, geographers, linguists etc. and not as Area Studies specialists. This raises questions about the support provided by the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies.

This conference, being organised by the Subject Centre, aims to discuss the nature of Area Studies and its value to its composite disciplines, its contribution to teaching and research and most importantly whether Area Studies itself is, or can become, a discipline.

Please send proposals for papers to: John Canning ( by Friday 1 October 2004. More information on the Area Studies conference.

Other events

8. "...Waking Up In The British Library..." Early English Books Online - Text Creation Partnership launch event

25 October 2004, British Library Conference Centre
Early English Books Online (EEBO) holds digital page images of more than 125,000 books, pamphlets, treatises, sermons, plays and other works published between 1473 and 1700. The Text Creation Partnership (TCP) has keyed in a significant portion of these texts, allowing them to be fully-searchable. Delegates will explore EEBO-TCP with key representatives from the University of Michigan and the University of Oxford (involved in the creation of the resources) and distinguished UK academics using EEBO-TCP in their teaching and research. Professor Lisa Jardine will be the keynote speaker.

For further information and the online registration form please visit the "Waking Up In The British Library" webpage.
Details of subscriptions and trial access and to the resources are also available.
For an article on these resources from an academic perspective, see 'Early English Books Online: The Holy Grail of Online Resources?' by Pat Leon

9. 4th Portsmouth translation conference: Translation norms - what is 'normal' in the translation profession

13 November 2004, University of Portsmouth
Keynote speakers are Andrew Chesterman (University of Helsinki) and Tim Martin and Robert Rowe (Translation Service, European Commission). For further information consult the Translation conference website or contact the organiser:

10. Annual IALIC conference : Politics, plurilingualism and linguistic identity

11 - 14 November 2004, Dublin City University, Ireland
The International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) is holding its 5th Annual Conference entitled "Politics, Plurilingualism, Linguistic identity" in Dublin, Republic of Ireland on 11-14 November 2004. Please refer to the IALIC conference website for the following information:

  • Conference registration form (including fees)
  • Information about conference venue and accommodation
  • IALIC membership application form (N.B. substantial discounts are available to members)
  • Contact details for conference organisers and IALIC

11. Languages open doors conference

3-6 October 2004, Munich, Germany
This conference is being organised jointly by the DGFF (German Association for Foreign Language Research) and the University of Munich and will focus on important research and instructional issues as well as on issues related to language and educational policy. The deadline for the call for papers is 30 November 2004 but foreign participants must register their intention to participate by 20 September 2004 at the latest so that the organisers can apply to the relevant German authorities for funding. For further information please visit the Languages open doors conference website.

12. Learning, teaching and assessment of 'race' and ethnicity in the higher education curriculum

19 November 2004, University of Birmingham
A one-day conference jointly supported by the Race and Ethnicity Study Group of the British Sociological Association and C-SAP, the Centre for Learning and Teaching - Sociology, Anthropology and Politics which is part of the new Higher Education Academy. For further information about this conference please contact:


13. Regular feature in THES

The Times Higher is starting a regular feature in late September, asking academics for their worst/best teaching/research moments over the last year and, if worst, how they overcame them. It would be about 70 words. Examples should be sent to

14. Widening participation in Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies

The Subject Centre will be addressing the important issue of widening participation in the coming academic year. For further information or to suggest ways in which the Subject Centre could support teaching staff with widening participation, please contact John Canning:

We are hoping to collate a register of language outreach activities among HEIs. If you are prepared to let us know what you are doing in this area please contact Marie Weaver:

Further information about widening participation is available on this website.

We would be grateful if your would forward this bulletin to colleagues and relevant mailing lists. Please do not hesitate to contact the Subject Centre if you have any queries regarding this bulletin.

Jane Copeland
Subject Centre Secretary
Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies
School of Modern Languages
University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BJ

tel. 023 8059 4814