Jan 24, 2021

Multilingualism and Mobility in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres


It is frequently claimed that linguistic and cultural diversity present challenges in contemporary societies. This diversity also presents opportunities, including ways that multilingualism can function as a bridge for intercultural encounters and intergenerational relations. Projects by network members highlight some of the benefits of linguistic and cultural diversity, and thus have potential to productively shape education and migration policies.

The relationship between language and culture is central to our understanding of migration discourses and experiences. We approach the WUN Global Challenge of Understanding Cultures by taking the interface between Multilingualism and Mobility as our departure point. To advance our broader understandings of Multilingualism and Mobility, network members will share and synthesise findings based on local projects framed by four key points of orientation:

  • Language and cultural heritage
  • Language and social networks
  • Language and education
  • Language policy and migration

Visit the Multilingualism & Mobility in the Northern & Southern Hemispheres website


Academic publications


  • Horner, K. and J. Dailey-O’Cain (2019) Multilingualism, (Im)mobilities and Spaces of Belonging. Bristol: Multilingual Matters


  • Horner, Kristine (Sheffield) and J. Dailey-O’Cain (Alberta) (eds): Multilingualism and (Im)mobilities: Language, Identity and Power. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.