Sprinter School in Multilingualism and Diversity, MultiDiV

The linguistically diverse nature of contemporary societies is related to a range of complex phenomena in the areas of: language policy and practice; language contact and change, translation, interpreting and heritage learning; public sector translation/interpretation, translation and human rights. These constitute areas in which Monash and Warwick have an unbroken history of world-leading research. MultiDiv (Multilingualism and Diversity school) builds on this expertise and aims to push further current knowledge in the field. MultiDiv is led by: Professor Angouri (Warwick); Dr Chantal Wright (Warwick); Dr Willoughby (Monash) and Professor Burridge (Monash). It seeks to become a unique and sustainable rotating biennial Sprinter School which will be hosted alternately by the Universities of Warwick and Monash University. It will bring together senior academics, undergraduates and post graduates for an intensive five-day school which will involve writing workshops, data training and sessions on interpreting research for wider audiences, in particular policy makers and the media.

MultiDiv stems from  the work of The Migration, Identity, and Translation Network (MITN), co directed by Professor Angouri (Warwick) and Professor Wilson (Monash). MITN is a multi-disciplinary network supported by the Monash Warwick Alliance which brings together researchers from across a range of faculties from Monash University and the University of Warwick. It explores issues relating to migration, identity, and translation from a variety of literary, cultural, linguistic, sociological, and historical perspectives, and seeks to bring that expertise into developing world-leading research and teaching and learning projects.

MutliDiv and MITN share a commitment to supporting student research and the development of early career researchers.  MultiDiv will include all students, Undergraduate and Postgraduate, as equal participants and is keen to encourage and embed further undergraduate research in the curricula of the two institutions. MultiDiv aims to become a global hub of excellence for the study of multilingualism and diversity. MultiDiv 2019 will take place at the University of Warwick.

Principle applicants

Louisa Willoughby

Dr Louisa Willoughby

School of Languages, Literature, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University

Jo Angouri

Professor Jo Angouri

Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies , University of Warwick


Professor Kate Burridge
School of Languages, Literature, Cultures and Linguistics

Dr Chantal Wright
Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick