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 mondisciplinary research areas and professional fields.