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Convened by the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study
Charles Burdett, Director; Joseph Ford, Lecturer in French; and Godela Weiss-Sussex, Reader in Modern German Literature
During a ‘global’ pandemic, the capacity to learn from the experience of others and share knowledge across borders is essential, as is the need to recognise that linguistic and cultural marginalization in the UK risks further alienating communities at a time of public health emergency. Covid-19 has at once revealed and exacerbated pre-existing inequalities across the UK. The disproportionate impact of the pandemic on Black, Asian and minority ethnic people has been documented in reports by the director of Public Health London, Professor Kevin Fenton. In one of these reports, he identifies the need for culturally appropriate and cross-language communications for minoritized communities in the UK. 

Drawing on the expertise of those working with multilingual communities in the UK, this discussion probes to what extent national and local communications and responses to COVID-19 can more effectively address the complex needs of multilingual communities in the UK, resulting in more inclusive, socially egalitarian and effective public health engagement.

Joe Ford / Naomi Wells (IMLR), Chairs

Li Wei (UCL) 
Emma Whitby (Chief Executive of Healthwatch Islington) 
Yaron Matras (Manchester)
Claudia Lopez-Prieto (Citizens UK)
Carolina Camelo (Coalition of Latin Americans in the UK)
Soledad Montanez (Manchester / IMLR) 

This event is the second of two events convened by the IMLR as part of the School of Advanced Study's 'Open for Discussion' series. Both events draw on the policy recommendations developed as part of the past four years’ research in the context of the AHRC’s Open World Research Initiative (OWRI).

'Covid-19, International Perspectives and Transnational Collaboration' is the first event in this series and will be held on Thursday, 22 April at 6pm BST

All are welcome to attend this free event, starting at 6pm BST. The joining link for the online event will be sent out to all those registered prior to the event