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The Digital Modern Languages convenors are holding a series of virtual events to bring together research and teaching in Modern Languages which engages with digital culture, media and technologies. For our first event, we are showcasing new and exciting research currently undertaken by PhD students across Modern Languages departments. The aim is also to provide a forum for doctoral researchers to present and receive feedback on their work in a supportive environment, particularly at a time when such opportunities may be more limited than in normal circumstances. 

Our first virtual seminar will be held at 3-5pm (BST) on Wednesday 3 June 2020. This will include four 15-minute presentations from doctoral researchers, followed by a Q & A session with all presenters. 

Advance registration is essential in order to be given access to the seminar. 

Seminar speakers (abstracts available here)

Francielle Carpenedo (IMLR, University of London) 
Brazilian Food Social Media Discourses in the UK 

Louis Cotgrove (University of Nottingham)   
#GlockeAktiv: A corpus linguistic investigation into German youth language on YouTube 

Sarah Daniel (Swansea University) 
Students vs Machines: Strategic differences between trainee translators and Machine Translation when translating metaphorical expressions 

Daria Sinyagovskaya (University of Central Florida) 
Practice Pinyin with an App: Gamification Modalities as Pedagogical Methodology in Chinese language Phonological Practice to Reduce Cognitive Load and Learners Performance 

Due to the high number of excellent proposals we received, we are also planning to host at least two further virtual seminars with doctoral research presentations and will announce the dates and details of these very soon.  

This series is part of the AHRC-funded Open World Research Initiative, and is supported by OWRI projects Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community and Language Acts and Worldmaking projects, and by the AHRC Leadership Fellow for Modern Languages (Janice Carruthers). The series is convened by Paul Spence (King’s College London) and Naomi Wells (Institute of Modern Languages Research).