European Day of Languages

Fri 27 Sep
Books & Ideas
Networking

On Friday 27 September, come to celebrate the European Day of Languages in Edinburgh, together with European consulates and cultural organisations at the Institut français d’Ecosse! On this occasion we will host two conferences with scholars Dr Alexandra Smith and Antonella Sorace from the University of Edinburgh, followed by a cocktail. One of the conferences will focus on how European writers foster creativity and ‘out of the box’ thinking style through language and the other on multilingualism and creativity. 

 

Programme:

4.30pm-5pm: Opening conference

5pm-5.30pm: Conference with Dr Alexandra Smith, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh: “How do European writers foster creativity and ‘out of the box’ thinking style through language?”

The presentation will apply the ideas of several linguists who explore diversifying experiences –including multiculturalism, bicultural identities, and diversity, to several European literary works with the view to show how these works make the reader to develop “out of the box” thinking style associated with creativity and innovation.

5.30pm-6pm: Conference with Antonella Sorace, Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh and Honorary Professor at University College London: “Multilingualism, perspective-taking and creativity: what they have in common and why it matters”.

The conferences will be followed by a Q&A session.

6.30pm-7.30pm: Cocktail

Bookings

Alexandra Smith is Reader in Russian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She has published extensively on Russian literature and culture. She authored and edited following books:   Film Adaptations of Russian Classics: Dialogue and Authorship  (co- edited with O. Sobolev; University of Edinburgh Press, 2023); Joseph Brodsky and Modern Russian Culture (Brill, 2024, forthcoming; co-edited with Joe Andrew, Robert Read and Katharine Hodgson); Poetic Canons, Cultural Memory and Russian National Identity after 1991 (Peter Lang, 2020; co-authored with Katharine Hodgson, 2020; the book was awarded the BASEES prize for the best book published in 2020); Twentieth-Century Russian Poetry: Reinventing the Canon (co-edited with Katharine Hodgson and Joanne Shelton, Open Book Publishers, 2017); Montaging Pushkin: Pushkin and Visions of Modernity in Russian 20th-century Poetry (Peter Lang, 2006); Pesn ́ peresmeshnika: Pushkin v tvorchestve Mariny Tsvetaevoi (Ellis Lak, 1998); and The Song of the Mockingbird: Pushkin in the Work of Marina Tsvetaeva (Peter Lang, 1994).


Antonella Sorace is Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh and Honorary Professor at University College London. She is internationally known for her interdisciplinary research on bilingualism across the lifespan and for her contribution to language typology, especially for her work on constrained variation at the syntax-pragmatics interface and gradience in natural language. She is also committed to building bridges between research and people in different sectors of society. She is the founding director of the public engagement centre Bilingualism Matters, which currently has 34 branches in four continents.

 

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