Translanguaging in the Age of (Im)mobility

Dalarna University welcomes you to TIM2023! This international conference will highlight perspectives on translanguaging in both policy and practice across different arenas, with a special focus on (im)mobility.


Translanguaging in the Age of (Im)mobility
Fourth International Conference on Translanguaging
Dates: 12-14 June 2023
Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden

The aim of this conference is to highlight perspectives on translanguaging in both policy and practice across different arenas, with a special focus on mobility. In an age characterized by mobility, both physical (e.g., migration and travelling) and digital (e.g., diverse media), it is essential to explore the role of language and languaging. Questions of mobility are relevant in public institutions, including schools, workplaces, healthcare services, legal systems, and immigration services. Mobility across physical spaces (e.g., due to economic migration, love migration, refugee status) affects every level of the society, as evident in both societal and individual language use.

Different aspects of mobility, including post-migration processes, may be related to language awareness, language attitudes, language ideologies and policies, media discourse and social media, linguistic citizenship, linguistic landscaping, multilingual pedagogies and social justice. While translanguaging research has often been limited to the classroom, we see it as a useful concept and theory for contexts both within and outside of school, and especially feel that the translanguaging perspective offers new understandings of the mobility processes. Focusing on translanguaging in an age of mobility feels timely, appropriate, relevant, and exciting.



Plenary speakers

Suresh Canagarajah, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Cripping Translingualism

"Crip" from disability studies draws from connotations of fracture, brokenness, and imperfection to highlight how such conditions of vulnerability can be resourceful and generative of unconventional new possibilities. In this talk, I present interactions in both disability discourses and purportedly "non-disabled" contexts to demonstrate how vulnerability is at the heart of all communication. Drawing from the expansive communicative strategies and semiotic resources adopted for meaning-making in these contexts, I demonstrate how translingualism--and linguistics in general--can address a broader range of material, sensorial, embodied, and affective communicative practices and meanings.

Personal presentation of Suresh Canagarajah (

Gerardo Mazzaferro, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Turin, Italy

Exploring the practice of translanguaging within (im)mobility contexts: performativity, language, and discourse.

The focus of this talk is on translanguaging within non-voluntary and forced migration contexts from a ‘performativity’ or discourse-oriented perspective on subjectivity and identity work in interactions and social encounters. The attention is on how in and through translanguaging practices, refugees and asylum seekers are able to publicly and positively respond to conditions of invisibility, vulnerability and precarity undermining their claim to be recognized as agentive, resistive and intelligible subjects. I argue that translanguaging represents a theoretical and methodological framework and a practice capable of resisting and (re)configuring the discourse of refugees and asylum seekers as passive, vulnerable and unethical individuals, who are not able to create the terms of their subjecthood and identity. By drawing from a range of communicative resources, refugees and asylum seekers can carve a place for themselves in the concrete cultural and sociohistorical conditions that define their present as well as envision their future.

University of Turin (in Italian,

James Simpson, Associate Professor, Division of Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Translanguaging and belonging "here" and "there"

Personal presentation of James Simpson (


Ingela Holmström, Associate Professor of Sign Language and bilingualism, Stockholm University, Sweden

Translanguaging in the context of deaf migrants – challenges and opportunities

As a group, deaf migrants are highly heterogeneous, having different language and educational backgrounds. Some have grown up with adequate sign language exposure while others have used mainly gestures and/or homesign to communicate. Some have received little or no education, while others have education up to the university level. When arriving in Sweden, deaf migrants have to simultaneously learn twonew languages, Swedish Sign Language (STS) and Swedish. Learning two languages simultaneously and developing literacy skills prove difficulties for those migrants with limited linguistic repertoires. Others, with multilingual backgrounds, show difficulties in differentiating between STS and Swedish.

In this presentation, some findings related to visually-oriented translanguaging in deaf migrant classrooms will be presented and discussed. For example, pedagogical strategies, such as chaining between two languages, appear to be both beneficial and aggravating, indicating that translanguaging is not always helpful for those with lesser linguistic exposure during childhood. Another finding is that migrants with multilingual backgrounds use translanguaging to a higher degree, indicating that linguistic skills in more than one language promote translanguaging. The findings show that translanguaging practices are fruitful for the language development of the migrants, but are also demanding, specifically in light of their diverse backgrounds.

Personal presentation of Ingela Holmström (

Porträttbild Line Møller DaugaardLine Møller Daugaard, Senior Associate Professor of Language Education, VIA University College, Denmark

(Im)mobility in the education of newly arrived youth in Denmark

Personal presentation of Line Møller Daugaard (

Important dates

  • Submission of all abstracts opens October 3, 2022
  • Submission of all abstracts closes on November 15, 2022  Deadline extended to November 30, 2022
  • Notification of acceptance by January 16, 2023
  • Early bird registration is open from February 1 to February 28, 2023
  • Registration is open from March 1 to April 15, 2023
  • The preliminary programme will be available by early May 2023

Please note that this conference will be on-site only.

Conference committee

Scientific committee

  • Adrian Lundberg, Malmö University
  • Andrea C. Schalley, Karlstad University
  • Andrea Young, University of Strasbourg
  • Anne Reath Warren, Uppsala University
  • Annika Norlund Shaswar, Umeå University
  • Åsa Wedin, Dalarna University
  • Bridget Goodman, Nazarbayev University
  • Carla Jonsson, Umeå University
  • Colin Reilly, University of Essex
  • Corinne Seals, Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington
  • Elena Tkachenko, Oslo Metropolitan University
  • Eleni Griva, University of Western Macedonia-Greece
  • Eowyn Crisfield, Oxford Brookes University
  • Graham Hall, Northumbria University
  • Gudrun Svensson, Linnaeus University
  • Hadjer Taibi, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Haley De Korne, University of Oslo
  • Joke Dewilde, University of Oslo
  • Jonathan White, Dalarna University
  • Judith Purkarthofer, University Duisburg-Essen
  • Christina Hedman , Stockholm University
  • Krister Schönström , Stockholm University
  • Latisha Mary, University of Strasbourg
  • Leelo Keevallik, Linköping University
  • Lina Adinolfi, The Open University
  • Linda Kahlin, Södertörns University
  • Margie Probyn, University of the Western Cape
  • Marie Källkvist, Lund University & Linnaeus University
  • Naashia Mohamed, University of Auckland
  • Natalia Ganuza, Uppsala University
  • Päivi Juvonen, Linnaeus University
  • Sovicheth Boun, Salem State University
  • Susan Hopewell, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Valentina Carbonara, University for Foreigners of Siena
  • Zhongfeng Tian, University of Texas at San Antonio
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Contact person

BethAnne Paulsrud
Associate Professor of English Applied Linguistics
School of Language, Literatures and Learning
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