3rd AHRC Researching Multilingually Network Symposium

  • Fay, R. (Co-Organiser)
  • Mariam Attia (Co-Organiser)
  • Jane Andrews (Co-Organiser)
  • Prue Holmes (Co-Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising event(s)Organising a conference, workshop, exhibition, performance, inquiry, course etcResearch


This Symposium was part of an AHRC-funded project which ran from December 2011 to November 2012 and informed the large Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, Law, the Body, and the State project (2014-2017) led by Professor Alison Phipps at Glasgow University.

Researching Multilingually explored processes and practices of researching in contexts where more than one language is involved. Nowadays, research is often a multilingual endeavour. Researchers are required to work in more than one language: in interviewing; interpreting dialogues; translating documents; making ethical choices around language possibilities concerning consent forms; conducting member checks; presenting data; and reporting/publishing. Yet, little information about these multilingual research processes is available, either in the literature, through research methods training programmes, or in policy documents. Our project, and our researcher network, enabled us to showcase examples of good researching multilingually praxis, addressing theoretical and methodological choices in research planning, consent, ethical researcher language practices, processes of data generation and collection, analysis, representation, and reporting. The project generated numerous conference presentations, workshops, seminars, a researcher network, and publications, including a special issue of six articles illustrating “researching multilingually” praxis in the International Journal of Applied Linguistics, published in November 2013.
Period23 May 201224 May 2012
Event typeConference
LocationManchester, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • researching multilingually
  • the languaging of research
  • researcher education