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INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY 21 FEB 2021 - Session 3 - Gaelic and Jamaican


Feb 21, 2021 03:01 PM

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Prof Conchúr Ó Giollagáin
@University of the Highlands and Islands
Conchúr Ó Giollagáin is Gaelic research professor in the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland. And also the academic director of Soillse, an exciting research project based on the Isle of Skye that involves the collaboration of a number of disciplines across several institutions. He has also led extensive research projects and postgraduate activities in language planning and minority language culture and sociology. And has written widely on the sustainability of minority cultures, especially Gaeltacht communities in Ireland. His teaching and research interests are primarily in language planning, sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. And his publications include: ‘Unfirm Ground: a Re-assessment of Language Policy in Ireland since Independence’ ‘From Revivalist to Undertaker: New developments in official policies and attitudes to Ireland’s ‘First Language’, ‘The Gaelic Crisis in the Vernacular Community: A comprehensive sociolinguistic survey of Scottish Gaelic’
Gordon Wells
@University of the Highlands and Islands
A trained linguist, he combines his teaching skills with work on research and development projects in a wide range of educational and training contexts. Over the years he has built up a body of experience that crosses national and international boundaries. These include working across Europe managing the Leonardo ‘POOLS’ project, and has won a European Award for Languages in 2007 and for Creativity and Innovation in Lifelong Learning in 2009. In 2012, his contributions to Guthan nan Eilean (Island Voices) project was nominated for the prestigious British Council ELTons awards. He has also taught in India and Japan in the past and worked closely with the BBC to produce the ‘Hindi Urdu Bol Chaal’ TV series. He is currently the project manager for Soillse (national research network for the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture).
Audrey West
Audrey West is an artist, writer, teacher of modern languages, and practitioner in post-trauma therapy work. Her birthplace of Jamaica, move to London as a child, and now North Wales, along with her background in language teaching, nearly 20 years of working as a counsellor and examining cultural memory, all play significant roles in informing her work. As a visual artist, her exhibition work includes ‘Some of Us Are Brave, All of Us Are Strong (Channel 4 televised exhibition of UK Black Women Artists). She also contributed to the Culture Colony Interventions at the Museum of Modern Art Machynlleth. And as Arts Development Officer for North Wales with Race Council Cymru in 2020, she was instrumental in planning for a future North Wales Carnival and delivering Black History Cymru, and a Being Human Festival in North Wales to address the invisible bilingualism amongst Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.