Decolonising Languages Network

The Institute of Modern Languages Research has partnered with the University of Birmingham to develop a Decolonising Languages Network, co-hosted between Birmingham and London. This initiative was launched in September 2020 with an inaugural conference, Decolonising Modern Languages: A Symposium for Sharing Practices and Ideas, and seeks to establish a hub for ongoing work on decolonising research and teaching, embedding anti-racism and rethinking the curriculum in Modern Languages and Cultures.

Co-ordinated by Emanuelle Santos (Birmingham) and Joseph Ford (IMLR), the network has established a mailing list, DECOLONISING-LANGUAGES-NETWORK, which anyone can sign up to at the following link:

In parallel, the Institute coordinates an extensive training programme for languages researchers, including several sessions relating to the theme of decolonial theories and practices. 

For a listing of event recordings, forthcoming events and postgraduate/ECR training related to decolonising languages research and training, see below. 


Event Recordings

Future Directions in Modern Languages

Transnationalising the Word: A Decolonising Approach to the Teaching and Learning of Modern Languages

AMLUK Symposium on Pedagogies in Modern Languages, Area Studies and Linguistics

Decolonising Modern Languages: A Symposium for Sharing Practices and Ideas


Forthcoming Events and Training

Modern Languages and Inclusivity: Sharing Ideas and Practices (13 May 2022)

Decolonial Theory for Modern Languages Researchers (29 June 2022)


For further information about the network, please contact Joseph Ford: