Researching Multilingually: Possibilities and Complexities Postgraduate Workshop

Friday 12 February 2016, 10.00 – 16.00
Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU


  • Am I allowed to include scholarly literature in Turkish?
  • What if I conduct my interviews in Mandarin but have to write all my thesis in English?
  • If I include data in Hindi, how will this affect my word count? How will the thesis be examined?
  • Do I transcribe then translate or the other way round?

If you are thinking about such questions, then this workshop is for you!

At this one-day event, we will draw on the experiences and reflections of researchers involved with our AHRC-funded projects: and to explore the possibilities for and complexities of what we term ‘researching multilingually’, i.e, how researchers draw on their own linguistic resources, and those of others, when undertaking research involving more than one language.

We will be inviting you to explore and apply these insights to your own research projects. Our aim is to support your developing researcher awareness with regard to your practices when researching multilingually. In this way, with you, we will be working towards a more clearly articulated ‘researching multilingually’ methodology.

The overall objectives of the workshop are to:

  • introduce you to the possibilities for and complexities of researching multilingually;
  • invite you to consider ethical and other issues where research involving more than one language is concerned;
  • support you as you develop your confidence and competence when researching multilingually;
  • offer you the space to reflect on your own ‘researching multilingually’ practice

You will also be encouraged to engage with our online Researcher Network, which continues to inform our understanding of ‘researching multilingually’ researcher practice.

Register for this FREE event here:

Details about the organiser: Translating Cultures (AHRC)
‘Translating Cultures’ is one of the AHRC’s highlight themes which provide a funding focus for emerging areas of interest to arts and humanities researchers. The research projects undertaken within Translating Cultures address the need for understanding and communication within, between, and across diverse cultures by studying the role of translation, in its broadest sense, in the transmission, interpretation, transformation, and sharing of languages, values, beliefs, histories, and narratives.

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