Languaging research: Multidisciplinary policy and practice insights

Richard Fay, Jane Andrews, Zhuo Min Huang, Ross G. White

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Attentive to a) the widespread, but often undervalued and under-utilised plurilingual resources of international (and other) students and of those working with them (e.g. supervisors), and b) the tendency in research and its dissemination to privilege certain global languages (e.g. English) and through them particular (often dominant) voices and perspectives (e.g. from the Global North), in this presentation we argue that greater visibility and importance needs to be given to the role of language in research by and with international (and other) students. It is an argument underpinned by a belief that, as analogous with the value of bio-diversity for the broader environment in which we live, so too linguistic-epistemological diversity has an important contribution to make in the pursuit of a sustainable and equitable presence here on planet Earth, and that collective wisdom, diversely languaged, will enable us to better respond to challenges both known and unknown, now and in the future. Having outlined the above argument, we briefly review some recent thinking from three practice-oriented disciplines - global mental health, intercultural education, and multilingualism studies - in which conceptual, policy, and practice issues related to linguistic-epistemological diversity are considered. In particular, we focus on a language-oriented framework proposed in each discipline. Given the frequent policy vacuum regarding the languaging of research, we conclude with a call for researchers with/by international students to be equipped with a generative tool to help them fully value, utilise, and make visible the linguistic and related epistemological resources in their research. We present our initial attempt at such a tool.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 11 Dec 2023
EventResearching with International Students - The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Dec 202312 Dec 2023


ConferenceResearching with International Students
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • the languaging of research
  • linguistic-epistemological diversity
  • researching multilingually
  • epistemic justice
  • translingual researcher mindset
  • translanguaging
  • transknowledging
  • intercultural researcher ethics


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  • Researching with International Students

    Richard Fay (Participant), Jane Andrews (Participant), Zhuomin Huang (Participant) & Ross G. White (Participant)

    11 Dec 202312 Dec 2023

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  • IALIC 2023 - Rethinking intercultural communication beyond verbal language

    Richard Fay (Participant), Zhuomin Huang (Participant), Daniel J Mawson (Honorary Research Fellow) (Participant), Jing Wang (PhD Student) (Participant), Louise Harvey (Participant), Gameli Tordzro (Participant) & Jessica Bradley (Participant)

    1 Dec 20233 Dec 2023

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