The Digital Modern Languages seminar series aims to bring together and raise the visibility of Modern Languages research which engages with digital culture, media and technologies. Recent reports (Spence and Brandao 2019; Gorrara, Jenkins and Mosley 2018) have highlighted the value, potential and breadth of interactions between digital media and technologies, and research and teaching in Modern Languages. At the same time, there are currently limited opportunities to share knowledge, experiences and examples of good practice from earlier and ongoing digital projects and initiatives across the Modern Languages community. Following the existing and highly successful models of the Digital History and Digital Classicist seminar series, we propose the launch of a Digital Modern Languages series which will provide a regular forum to share and discuss existing digital research, and which will facilitate further collaborations and initiatives.

The series will adopt an inclusive approach, both thematically and in terms of the languages of specialism of seminar speakers. Areas of potential but not exclusive interest include: digital cultural studies, digital archives and databases, digital ethnography, digital discourse analysis, language teaching and digital technologies, and digital/computational approaches to the study of language and text (all with a primary focus on languages other than English). In addition to university researchers and teachers, we will also incorporate practitioner perspectives and collaborations beyond Higher Education. The primary focus will be on UK-based Modern Languages research and teaching, but we will seek to incorporate international perspectives and collaborations.

This series is part of the AHRC-funded Open World Research Initiative, and is supported by the Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community and Language Acts and Worldmaking projects, and by the AHRC Leadership Fellow for Modern Languages (Janice Carruthers). The series is convened by Paul Spence (King’s College London) and Naomi Wells (Institute of Modern Languages Research).’

Please contact Paul Spence (paul.spence@kcl.ac.uk) and Naomi Wells (naomi.wells@sas.ac.uk) if you have any questions or would like further information about the Series.