Universities as sites of multilingualism – exploring our experiences on a multilingual, multi-disciplinary research project
(Researching multilingually at the borders of language, the body, law, and the state)
In this presentation we consider institutional policies and practices regarding multilingualism as we have encountered them within our AHRC project Researching multilingually at the borders of language, the body, law and the state (AH/L006936/1). As a team of seventeen researchers based in universities across four countries, gathering data in a range of settings from the perspectives of a diverse set of disciplines, we explore ways in which multilingualism is present, facilitated and documented in research practices. Our exploration takes in processes of ethical approval, disciplinary norms, regulations and practices surrounding doctoral supervision and visible and audible expressions of multilingualism within university life and research.