The Languaging of Distress

The Senate Room, University of Glasgow

Tuesday 11th October 2016, 9.30am and 4.00pm

This knowledge exchange event aims to facilitate discussion between researchers, voluntary sector organizations and clinicians about the challenges and opportunities that exist in relation to supporting people who are experiencing distress in multilingual contexts.


  1. Discuss issues relevant for the languaging of distress in multilingual contexts e.g. disrupted trauma narratives, processes of translation, idioms of distress.
  2. Explore creative and innovative approaches for facilitating safety and trust in the languaging of distress in multilingual contexts.
  3. Provide networking opportunities.
  4. Elicit ideas about questions that could be addressed in future research.
  5. Help promote further the work of the ‘Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law and the State’ (P.I. Prof Alison Phipps)


  1. Ignite presentations – guest speakers will give brief presentations about the challenges and opportunities that exist around the languaging of distress.
  2. A ‘World Café’ platform – to share ideas and build collaboration between attendees.
  3. A panel discussion – aimed at synthesising key themes.

Speakers include: Prof Alison Phipps OBE (GRAMNet), Beverly Costa (Mothertongue), Norma McKinnon (Freedom from Torture), Dr Alison Strang (Queen Margaret University), Prof Claudia Angelelli (Heriot Watt University), Prof Rachel Tribe (University of East London)

Videos of the event can be found here.


This is a joint GRAMNet/ Researching Multilingually event