Language Landscape are experienced facilitators of language-related public engagement events and workshops. Topics of our events include multilingualism, heritage languages and linguistic and cultural diversity. Get in touch with the outreach team if you’re interested in partnering with us for your event.
Language Landscape x Glasgow Life. St Mungo’s Museum, Glasgow, Scotland. 22 February 2020, 1pm-4pm.
For International Mother Language Day (21 February), this year Language Landscape will be taking part in celebrations at St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art. Ebany Dohle will be running a stand where you can explore the many languages people have shared with us. She’ll also be collecting your songs, stories and poems. So come along to celebrate and share your language(s) with Glasgow and the world!
“We Are HOME: Answering ‘What is home?’ Presentation at University of Warsaw, Poland. November 2019.
Ebany Dohle presented a paper entitled “We Are HOME: Answering ‘What is home?’. She examined a multi-modal and multidisciplinary approach to understanding multilingualism and cultural diversity through a communal art installation in Glasgow, Scotland (see event ‘We are home’ below). This presentation was part of In our own words: Language Diversity Week, held at “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw.
Kelvingrove Chats. Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow, Scotland. 20th June 2019.
A Language Landscape recordathon in collaboration with Glasgow Museums. An outreach event to encourage student and refugee volunteers to engage with the languages of the visitors of Glasgow Museums. For more information on the collaboration and to listen to the Kelvingrove chats, visit the Kelvingrove chats project page. Cassandra Kist, one of the Language Landscape volunteers and post-graduate researcher based at University of Glasgow, has written a blog post reflecting on her experiences on the event, you can read that on our blog.
Map Your Language: Oxford’s Language Landscape @ Ertegun House, Oxford. 4th June 2019.
The aim of the event was to celebrating linguistic diversity and indigenous languages in honour of the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL) 2019. Language Landscape was a Friend of IYIL. Hosted by the Ertegun Scholarship Programme with thanks to Julia Peck. Listen to the recordings on the dedicated project page here.
Language Landscape @ Babel Library Lates, The Weston Library, Bodlein Libraries, University of Oxford. 8th March 2019.
Language Landscape ran a record-a-thon with the help of volunteers from the University of Oxford recording the multilingualism present at the event. Check out the project we created and listen to the recordings here.
We Are Home. Exhibited at Govanhill Baths, Glasgow, Scotland. 16th-24th August 2018.
Art installation ‘We are Home’, conceptualized, organized, curated by Ebany Dohle who led workshops with children of migrants and refugees to discuss what ‘Home’ means to each participant.
Language Landscape: un modelo y una plataforma digital para la auto-documentación de idiomas. Presentation at ENGHUM, San Miguel Xaltipan (Tlaxcala, Mexico). 19-29 August 2017.
During the ENGHUM engaged humanities fieldschool in San Miguel Xaltipan, Ebany Dohle and Samantha Goodchild gave a presentation translated as ‘Language Landscape: a model and platform for user-based language documentation.’
Language Landscape @ Linguamania, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. 27th January 2017.
Language Landscape ran a record-a-thon collecting as many languages as possible from mmebers of the public. In collaboration with volunteers from the University of Oxford. Ran by Charlotte Hemmings in collaboration with Hannah Gibson (SOAS). Thanks to Sandy Ritchie, Ebany Dohle, all the volunteers in the evening and everyone recorded! Check out the project and listen to the 72 recordings here.
SOAS in the field. Language Landscape @ SOAS Endangered Languages Week . London. June 2015.
Samantha Goodchild organised an event during which SOAS PhD researchers shared their field recordings of (endangered) languages from all over the world. You can check out the project page and the recordings here. The co-founders of Language Landscape met at SOAS through the MA programme in Language Documentation and Description.
Website: 1.0 Launch - 6pm 24 March 2014, Brunei Suite, SOAS, University of London
See the blogpost with more details about the launch
Society: Recordathon 2013 - 2pm 26 October 2013, Royal Festival Hall/Brixton
This year’s recordathon will involve a short training session at the Royal Festival Hall. We will then travel down to Brixton market to make some recordings. Bring your phone or other device for making audio/video recordings and make sure it’s charged up! You’ll also need some money on your Oyster card to get down to Brixton.
Conference Presentation 2013 – 17 October 2013, Minde, Portugal
This conference focused on endangered language varieties in Europe. Three LL team members, Sandy Ritchie, Samantha Goodchild and Ebany Dohle gave a presentation entitled ‘Apps, maps and mobile: tech for real community-led language documentation’. They discussed using new technology to simplify the process of language documentation and demonstrated the new version of the Language Landscape website.
Society: Postgraduate Meetup - 9 October 2013, London
Our second meet and greet event was especially for SOAS’ new postgraduate students. We met each other and practiced collecting recordings and metadata in preparation for the 2013 recordathon.
Society: Meet and Greet - 2 October 2013, London
We kicked off the 2013/4 academic year with this event at the Institute of Education bar. New members met up and discussed the languages they speak. They also practiced collecting recordings and metadata on each other in preparation for the 2013 Recordathon.
Outreach: Bow School visit to SOAS - 21 May 2013, London
The Outreach team invited students from Bow School in east London to this event which was the culmination of our pilot outreach project. The students took part in a debate on endangered languages and made presentations on their Language Landscape projects.
London, the (n)ever-changing city: Urban Transcripts 2012. London. 3-14 December 2012.
Urban Transcripts was an international workshop and exhibition on the city, during which international students of the urban environment and architecture met in London to examine socio-economic issues and how they affect the city as a space. Karolina Grzech and Samantha Goodchild were host tutors and partnered with Sofia Xanthopoulou, an architect from Greece. They ran tutorials examining urban multilingualism and linguistic landscapes through the artistic practices of urban drifts (take a look at Karolina and Samantha’s test urban drift through Hackney) and recontextualisation of images. Students also learnt about research ethics. One of the students, Gemma Drake, presented this project about the multiculturalism and multilingualism of Ridley Road market in Dalston.
Society: Recordathon 2012 - 29 October 2012, London
The student society got together for the second annual recordathon. They discussed issues of consent and ethics in making recordings. The students then made some recordings around SOAS and mapped them on the website.
Conference presentation 2012 - 30 June 2012, Cambridge
This workshop focused on new techniques and methodologies for mapping endangered oral cultures. Three team members, Samantha Goodchild, Graham Ritchie and Sandy Ritchie, made a presentation called ‘Language Landscape: mapping the dynamics of language diversity’. Link to audio.
Website: Beta Launch - 10 May 2012, London
The beta version of the website was launched at this event which took place during Endangered Languages Week 2012 at SOAS. The team launched the site with the help and support of Tom Castle and Candide Simard of the SOAS Linguistics department.
Society: Recordathon 2011 - 29 October 2011, London
This event kicked off the student society at SOAS. A group of students and staff got together to discuss language mapping and documentation. The students then went off around Bloomsbury with their recorders and made some recordings.