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POSTPONED- ‘Local Voices: Southampton Lives and Languages’ Study Day Event

Lifelong Learning
10:00 - 16:00
29 March 2014
Avenue Campus Highfield Road Southampton SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this event, please email Lifelong Learning Team at .

Event details

We will be holding a one-day cultural event on Saturday 29 March consisting of a series of short talks led by experts from within Modern Languages at Southampton. This thought provoking and inspiring conference will provide you with the opportunity to learn and engage in discussion about the voices of Southampton from academics of international distinction.

This Study Day has been postponed until later in the year.  The new date and programme is unconfirmed.

As a port and gateway to the UK, Southampton has always attracted migrants who have shaped the social and cultural profile of the City. One aspect of this diversity is the range of languages that can be heard every day across the city – in its streets, schools, shops, restaurants, and workplaces.

During the Study Day we will explore this multilingualism, from an examination of the historical context to listening to the voices of the present day. Speakers will highlight the richness of this linguistic diversity: how it is valued (or ignored) in everyday city life; who speaks what to whom; the role of language in Southampton’s cultural activities; the city’s linguistic landscape; and how this multilingualism contributes to Southampton’s identity.


Professor Clare Mar-Molinero: Welcome

Dr Linda Cadier: Multilingual Southampton: migration and languages in Southampton
This presentation will look at the impact of the language practices of transnational migrants on the City of Southampton. We will consider Southampton as a global gateway and a provincial city in the UK which is an increasingly important site of linguistic and cultural diversity. We will discuss how the city's public sector controls and manages the in situ realities of multilingualism.

Padmini Broomfield: Multilingual local voices in Southampton?
How are the voices and lives of those who speak other languages presented in the city and how are they recorded? An exploration of the city's rich past through the taking of oral histories and the development of the cultural quarter in the city.

Zena Hilton: Language in Education
This presentation will explore the importance of the teaching of languages in Southampton's primary and secondary education. We will present the innovative programmes in place to promote the importance of learning languages and what more needs to be done. Local students will provide a demonstration of their language abilities.

The City of Southampton: the vision for a multilingual city
An invited panel will include the Leader of Southampton City Council, Councillor Simon Letts who also represents the Council as a member of Business Solent and Solent Local Enterprise Partnership. Lepsa Stojkovic, Tenancy Outreach Project Officer who also worked as a member of the former New Communities team for Southampton City Council. Kim Sutton, Voluntary Service Manager from Southampton University Hospital who manages the interpreting service and the Trust Volunteer interpreters provided by the hospital and representatives from local businesses.

The panel will present their views and invite questions on the City of Southampton as a site of linguistic and cultural diversity.


£31 full rate

£21 loyalty rate (Harbour Lights Members, Friends of Parkes, English Teachers Network, university staff and alumni)

£11 discount rate (students/sixth form & college students and those in receipt of income-based Job Seeker's Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Council Tax or Housing Benefit)

All prices include lunch and refreshments


Unfortunately this Study Day has been postponed until later in the year.  Booking is unavailable at this time.

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