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Activities 2015-16

1. The CMMR organises regular Bloomsbury Applied Linguistics Seminars. Speakers are eminent researchers from the UK and abroad. For the last academic year, we had:

09/10/2015: Dr Pascale Trevisiol Okamura (University of Paris)

30/10/2015: Professor Suzanne Quay (International Christian University, Japan)

27/11/2015: Dr. Tony Capstick (BBK)

13/11/2015: Dr Kazuya Saito (BBK)

05/02/2016: Dr Andrea Revesz (IoE – UCL)

22/04/2016: Professor Batja Gomes de Mesquita (University of Leuven)

06/05/2016: Professor Monika Schmid (Essex)

20/05/2016: Dr. Rodney Jones (Reading)

03/06/2016: Dr. Luke Plonsky (IoE - UCL)

01/07/2016: Professor Carmen Pena Díaz (Universidad de Alcalá)

08/07/2016: Professor Jasone Cenoz (University of the Basque Country) & Professor Durk Gorter (Ikerbasque-University of the Basque Country)

2. The CMMR also organizes the Bloomsbury Round Table on Communication, Cognition and Culture. This is an annual, international and free event allows researchers at different stages of their career to present the latest work in the broad fields of Language, Communication and Cognition. The 2016 was on the theme Multilingualism, Multiculturalism and Emotion and was held on 13th and 14th June 2016. It was attended by over 60 participants. The plenary speakers Professor Aneta Pavlenko, Dr Jozefien De Leersnyder, Dr Beverley Costa and Dr Sofie Bager-Charleson, Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele gave stimulating presentations, as well as the shorter papers of six current and former BBK PhD students. There were lively discussions on the diversity of epistemological and methodological choices and the need for rigor. Participants discussed the need for social justice and the implications of the research on emotion for society at large, including the position of foreign language users and immigrants in police interviews, in psychotherapy, in day-to-day interactions and service encounters, in intercultural communication where so much can go wrong pragmatically that can have (sometimes unexpected) serious legal, social and psychological consequences.

3. The CMMR also hosts the Bi Lingual Forum which attracts psychotherapists, interpreters and our students, in collaboration with the charity Mothertongue (19/05/2016, 22/11/2016).

4. The CMMR also welcomed visiting MA students, PhD students, and researchers with research interests of members of the CMMR. The visitors are invited to the PhD seminars and invited to present their own research. We have thus welcomed Professor Carmen Diaz (Universidad de Alcala) and Ms Barbara Grosse (Universitat Bozen Bolzano).
The collaborations result in joint publications, in book reviews and papers for the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (hosted in the department) or in invitations to be external examiner for the PhD dissertations of the visitors.

For publications, we refer to the lists on our webpage.

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