MuDD2019 Conference 

Multilingualism, Diversity and Democracy

International conference organized by the CCD network-based research group, School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University.

Sponsored by the Swedish Research Council

8-10 April 2019

MuDD2019 is part of a series of conferences/workshops that the CCD research environment, Communication, Culture and Diversity, has organized since 1998. Research and societal developmental projects that focus on communication, diversity, identity and learning have been on the agenda at CCD since the mid-1990s.

These thematically focused activities are open to senior and junior researchers and students, and in some activities also to professionals from different sectors. The themes of MuDD2019 are linked to the long-term work in the think tank DoIT (Participation and Inclusion) and to some of our ongoing research projects – most prominently the new research project SLoT (Language, Learning and Theater) that is being co-conducted with our cross-sectorial partner Örebro Regional Theater.

Description of Theme

Issues related to integration and learning goals for all students have been prioritized areas in education and research during the last few decades. This has become more critical given the recent demographic shifts related to immigration and digitalization. Concepts like multilingualism, learning and democracy have become unstable and, as a result, a plethora of neologisms have emerged. The three key concepts at MuDD2019 are in need of being revisited with the intention of being revitalized in relationship to what is being experienced as emergent communicative practices where multiple language-varieties and new technologies are involved.

The MuDD2019 international conference will bring together international experts from across the global-North and the global-South with the intent of interrogating the continuing dichotomized situation (in particular in nation-states like Sweden) wherein mono-lingualism and mono-culturalism constitutes the norm and multilingualism and diversity are seen as the exception. MuDD2019 also has the potential to create new knowledge of relevance for present day challenges related to mobility, migration and communication across virtual-physical spaces. It will bring together senior and junior scholars from different research disciplines, including professionals from among other sectors the educational and cultural sectors, thus allowing for theorizing and bridging the dichotomies between monodisciplinary research areas and professional fields.

Programme MuDD2019

The conference will be structured in two parts:

  • 8-9 April: a small-scale research conference with the participation of invited international featured scholars and peer-reviewed short-listed scholars (see below); this part of the conference will focus upon theoretical and methodological questions and empirically framed studies pertaining to the MuDD2019 theme
  • 10 April: a larger conference workshop which will feature the scholars from the research conference as well as be open to professionals and scholars; presentations by some of the senior scholars – primarily from different parts of the world will be curated by the organizing committee for the purposes of the conference workshop

More information about the programme will be available at the end of December 2018.

Confirmed International Featured Speakers

Dr. Karl Ian Cheng Chuaexternal link, opens in new window, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

Associate Prof. Mira Desaiexternal link, opens in new window, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India

Prof. Ana Deumertexternal link, opens in new window, University of the Cape Town, South Africa

Prof. Imtiaz Hasnainexternal link, opens in new window, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India

Prof. Nancy Hornbergerexternal link, opens in new window, The Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Associate Prof. Sanjay Ranade, Mumbai University, Mumbai, India

Dr. Kavita Rane, Girls Educational Trust, Rajasthan, India

Prof. Elise Seip Tønnessenexternal link, opens in new window, The University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway

Associate Prof. Alessio Surian, The University of Padova, Italy

Prof. Gudrun Ziegler, The multi-LEARN Institute for Interaction and Development in Diversity,  Luxembourg

Scientific committee Chair: Professor Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta, CCD, JU

Committee members:

Senior Lecturer Elisabet Sandblom, CCD, JU

Senior Lecturer Anette Almgren White, CCD, JU

CEO Petra Weckström, Örebro Regional Theater;

Professor Ylva Lindberg, CCD, JU

Affiliate Professor Francis M. Hult, CCD, JU

Coordinators: Dr. Radu Dinu, JU; Sara Goico, JU; Karen Ann Blom, JU


Abstracts (max 500 words) of research studies that are clearly related to the MuDD2019 themes and aims are solicited. Your abstract should be structured using the following headings: 

(i) a statement of the theoretical and methodological frameworks used,

(ii) the empirical materials explored,

(iii) the research questions focused upon,

(iv) preliminary/final findings of the study, and

(v) how the study relates to the theme of the conference. 

Papers will be selected following criteria of excellence and novelty. In addition, dimensions related to gender equality, balance between junior and senior researchers, and cultural diversity among participants will be aimed for. Author/s of accepted abstracts will be expected to make available a full-length draft of their research/studies for discussion at the first and second conference days of MuDD2019 (see deadline below). Selected papers will be considered for publication in the open access research report series of the School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University.

Upon acceptance to the conference, participants will be able to recieve a letter of invitation for visa purposes.

Please submit your abstract file (deadline 15th of January 2019) mudd2019

Queries can be submitted to mudd2019

Content updated 2018-12-04

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