Thematic Cartographies: Transnational Modern Languages

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To date each volume of LUP’s ‘Transational Modern Languages’ book series has explored
transnational connections across language and culture through the medium of a single national or language area. Transnational Modern Languages: A Handbook the core text of the series, takes a different approach. The authors of its 30+ short essays take their cue from a familiar key word in the lexis of ML (for example, bilingualism, communities, routes, sexualities, ecologies, futures) to investigate issues relevant to students of ML in ways which encourage us to think beyond the primary language(s) studied. The emphasis of the essays is on transnational connectedness rather than cross-national comparison as a mechanism through which to understand patterns of human, cultural, and linguistic mobility.

The aim of this paper will be to draw on a selection of the essays in the book to illustrate how a particular topic might be productively studied in a transnational rather than national frame. Using an aspect of my current teaching on migration from Italy, I will plot a thematic cartography highlighting cultural and linguistic intersections that meaningfully expand the contours of how we approach mobility as a global phenomenon and practice.
Period2 Jul 2021
Held atInstitute of Modern Languages Research
Degree of RecognitionNational