Wednesday 30 November 2016, 12.15 – 1.15pm

Engaging with the Humanities: Katrin Kohl Creative Multilingualism – the hidden value of linguistic diversity  Oxford Saïd is pleased to welcome Katrin Kohl to the School on Wednesday 30 November as part of our Engaging with the Humanities series.

Today there is an almost exclusive focus on functional skills in language learning in UK schools and society as a whole. The innate connection between creativity and languages tends to be overlooked. In her talk Professor Katrin Kohl will introduce Creative Multilingualism, a major new research programme investigating and showcasing the creative dimension of modern languages in a wide range of areas. Working with teams in other universities (Birmingham City, Cambridge, Pittsburgh, Reading, SOAS), and external partners (including the British Council, GCHQ, Business in the Community and Punch Records) her research programme focuses on key areas of the communicative process to investigate how creativity interacts with linguistic diversity. A key aim of the programme is to enhance the perceived value of the linguistic diversity in our midst. About the speaker Katrin Kohl is Professor of German Literature in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded Creative Multilingualism programme. Katrin studied at Westfield College, University of London, obtaining a BA in English and German, an MA in 20th Century German Literature, and a PhD in German. She also has an MA in General Linguistics from the University of Westminster. She was a Lecturer at Westfield College, University of London (1984-88), and worked as a Researcher and then Consultant on German language courses for BBC Television (1983-1988). She became a Fellow of Jesus College in 1988. Registration

Please remember that registration is required to attend this event. The seminar is open for anyone to attend and will take place at Saïd Business School. Check in will open at 11.45am with lunch served from 11.45-12.15pm, the talk will begin promptly at 12.15pm and conclude by 1.15pm. Registration is essential so please click 'Register' above to confirm your attendance.

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