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AHRC Award for Experiential Translation Network

We are pleased to announce that Dr Ricarda Vidal and Dr Madeleine Campbell have been awarded an AHRC Network grant. The network comprises academics, artists and translators from the UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Hong Kong, Hungary and Poland and explores translation between languages (interlingual) and between media (intersemiotic) as a method of creation and communication, as a method for learning and teaching, collaboration and participation within multilingual, multicultural and multimodal settings. This includes understanding the many modes and modalities that contribute to meaning-making in cross-cultural communication (online & offline), language education and translation, and embracing the role of individual imagination and artistic creation in education and arts institutions (e.g. libraries, galleries, museums). We will employ arts-based and collaborative research methods including creative public workshops at libraries, museums, galleries, schools and universities.

The Network will commence in March 2021 and run until September 2022 – watch this space for announcements of workshops and a final exhibition and international conference in June 2022.

Network Leaders

Dr Ricarda Vidal, PI, King’s College London,  and Dr Madeleine Campbell, Co-I, University of Edinburgh,

Network participants:

Dr Karen Bennett, Nova University Lisbon;  
Dr Heather Connelly, University of Lincoln; 
Harriet Carter, Birmingham City University; 
Dr Gaia Del Negro, University of Milan; 
Cinzia Delorenzi, independent; 
Dr Tomasz Dobrogoszcz, University of Lodz; 
Dr Noèlia Díaz Vicedo, Queen Mary University of London; 
Anna Dot, independent; 
Dobrochna Futro, University of Glasgow; 
Birthe Jørgensen, independent; 
Dr Karl Katschthaler, Debrecen University; 
Dr Tong King Lee, University of Hong-Kong; 
Dr Joanna Kosmalska, University of Lodz; 
Prof John London, Queen Mary University of London; 
Dr Silvia Luraschi, University of Milan; 
Dr Rosario Martín Ruano, University of Salamanca; 
Dr Manuela Perteghella, Open University; 
Dr Anikó Sohár, Pázmány Péter Catholic University Budapest; 
Prof África Vidal Claramonte, University of Salamanca; 
Tomasz Wochna, independent  

The aims and objectives of CLE

The CLE initiative has two main aims: to achieve a broad shared understanding of the notion of Cultural Literacy and its importance; and to increase the visibility of the challenge presented by Cultural Literacy and of the contributions which LCS scholars and their fellow researchers continue to make in this area.

To achieve these aims, CLE is bringing together academics, educators, artists, policy-makers and members of the cultural industries, as well as a growing number of partner institutions, in a Forum for discussion and development across Europe and beyond.

The CLE Forum has undertaken the following actions:

  1. created an international Core Group to oversee all activities;
  2. organised a Workshop on ‘Migration’ in May 2016;
  3. organised the second biennial Conference in May 2017, at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw;
  4. organised the second Interim Symposium at the Monash Prato Centre in Tuscany in July 2018.
  5. set up Special Interest Groups devoted to key areas and initiatives.

It also continues to assure an enhanced web presence, support the distribution of information, share good practice, research outcomes and communication among interested parties.of information, share good practice, research outcomes and communication among interested parties.

CLE Conferences 2015 & 2017

The first Cultural Literacy in Europe [CLE] Conference took place in London, at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, on 16-18 April 2015. A major outcome of the conference is a shared understanding of Cultural Literacy as a key societal challenge for the future of Europe and its relationship with the rest of the world. This recognition must lead to common objectives among academics, professionals, and representatives of cultural associations and funding bodies.

Cultural Literacy in Europe 16-18 April 2015

The Conference demonstrated that excellent research and initiatives are already taking place in this area across Europe and beyond its borders. Whether working with methods and tools of Literary and Cultural Studies [LCS] or spanning other interdisciplinary areas, researchers and teachers in the Humanities and Social Sciences can make a key contribution to both understanding and answering the challenge of Cultural Literacy.

The second Cultural Literacy in Europe Conference took place in Warsaw, at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, on 10-12 May 2017.

Meeting the challenge of Cultural Literacy

What is Cultural Literacy?

Cultural literacy is an ability to view the social and cultural phenomena that shape our lives – bodies of knowledge, fields of social action, individuals or groups, and of course cultural artefacts – as being essentially readable. Cultural literacy engages with interdisciplinarity, multilingualism and collaboration. It is a way of looking at social and cultural issues through the lens of literary thinking, employing communication, comparison and critique on a scale beyond that of one language or one nation-state, and avoiding abstraction. Furthermore, it is as much about innovation and creative practice – whether scholarly, artistic or social – as it is about analysis, and it very often brings these two methods together.

Developing knowledge and shared practices in the area of Cultural Literacy must be understood and promoted as a key strategic goal for a meaningful impact on European society and beyond it, by supporting individuals and groups in the continuous effort to achieve greater social justice and active forms of citizenship.

CLE Biennial Conference 2019

CLE Biennial Conference 2019

Cultural Literacy & Cosmopolitan Conviviality

Thu 9 – Sat 11 May 2019, Lisbon



We are grateful to the following for supporting this conference: De Gruyter Open Access journals and the British Comparative Literature Association


During your stay in Lisbon we suggest the following accommodation facilities:
Turim Saldanha ****
Hotel Açores Lisboa ****
Hotel Marriot ****
Sana Malhoa Hotel ****
Star Inn Lisbon Airport ***
Radisson Blu Hotel ****
Lisboa Central Park ***
Evidência Light Santa Catarina **
Hostels and GuestHouse
Casa do Zé Guesthouse
Lost Inn Lisbon
Lisbon Chillout Hostel
Lisboa Central Hostel

Most of the Best Medium Hostels in the World according to the Hoscars Awards are situated in Lisbon:

Transnationalizing Modern Languages – Policy Report 2018

The Transnationalizing Modern Languages (TML) project, initiated 2014, has brought together an international team of researchers and practitioners to address key issues in language and culture education. Starting from the forms of mobility that have defined the development of modern Italian cultures across the globe, the project has engaged with cultural associations, schools, policy makers and individuals in an exploration of heritage, cultural memory, and educational practices, carrying out work in the UK, Italy, South America, Australia, Ethiopia, the USA, and Namibia.

TML published Policy Report which calls for the reframing of the study of MLs in Higher Education in the UK and, more broadly, of approaches to the study of languages and cultures.

The report, which refers to CLE’s London Statement, is available here: 

Translating Cultures and Modern Languages, 9 November, 2018

British Academy 9 November 2018, 10-30 am to 4.30 pm

The AHRC theme ‘Translating Cultures’ has been highly significant in furthering research across a wide range of disciplines. The event at the British Academy provides the opportunity to discuss the contribution that the theme has made to the development of Modern Languages by bringing together speakers from across the disciplinary field. The event also provides the opportunity to discuss the Policy Report ‘Reframing language education for a global future’, prepared by the large grant ‘Transnationalizing Modern Languages’ (TML). See:

The event is free and open to all, though places are limited. To book please visit:

Programme (full details will be placed online shortly):

10.30 -11.00: Tea and coffee

11.00-12.00: The Translating Cultures theme and Modern Languages
Chair: Neil Kenny (Oxford, BA Lead Fellow for Languages)

Charles Forsdick (Liverpool, Translating Cultures theme leader)
Alison Phipps (Glasgow, PI Researching Multilingually)
Rebecca Braun (Lancaster, PI Authors and the World)
Charles Burdett (Bristol/Durham, TML) and Jenny Burns (Warwick, TML)

12.00-13.00: The TML Policy Report and Language Education
Chair: Derek Duncan (St Andrews, TML)

Lucy Jenkins (Cardiff, Modern Languages Student Mentoring Project)
Nick Mair (former Chair, Independent Modern Languages Association & Dulwich College)
Helen Myers (Chair ALL London and The Ashcombe School)

13.00-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.00: The TML Policy Report: Broader Implications
Chair: Loredana Polezzi (Cardiff, TML)

Karen Salt (Nottingham, Centre for Research in Race and Rights)
Bernadette Holmes (Principal Researcher, Born Global)
Hilary Footitt (Reading, PI The Listening Zones of NGOs)

15.00-15.30: Tea and coffee

15.30-16.30: Concluding Session
Chair: Janice Carruthers (Queen’s, Belfast, AHRC Leadership Fellow in MLs)

Claire Gorrara (Cardiff, Chair of UCML)
Charles Forsdick (Liverpool, Translating Cultures theme leader)

Call for Papers: “Language, Translation, and Migration”, 24–26 May, 2018

Language, Translation, and Migration CONFERENCE & PUBLIC SUMMIT, 24-26 May 2018

Abstracts of no more than 350 words (max and including references, if absolutely necessary) are invited by 15th February.

Please create an account with EasyChair to submit your abstract.

Fill in the relevant boxes and upload a pdf version of your abstract in the ‘paper’ field.