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Visiting Scholar - Dr. Lynn Mario de Souza

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
John George Althouse Faculty of Education Building (FEB)
Room: Community Room (1139)

The Faculty of Education Research Office and the Researching International and Contemporary Education (RICE) research group are delighted to present Visiting University Scholar Dr. Lynn Mario T. Menezes de Souza from the department of Language Education at the University of São Paulo, Brazil to Western!

We thank Western International for providing funding for Dr. de Souza's visit through the Visiting University Scholars Program.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm in the Community Room (FEB 1139) for Dr. de Souza's talk “Interculturality and Language: From Convergence to Translation”. Coffee & cookies will be served. Please RSVP to by Friday, October 11, 2019 if you would like to attend.

Communicating across cultures has often been understood in terms of completeness and totalities: either as a competence, a defined set of skills, or a pre-defined set of steps (know oneself then know others) most seemingly aiming at a convergence of understandings and therefore an elimination of  the differences that previously distanced these understandings from each other.

Problematizing  the underlying assumption in these proposals (who decides when an understanding is attained? Who decides what is included or excluded from a competence?), this presentation points towards interculturality as an attitude and an ongoing process of translation.

Professor Lynn Mario T. Menezes de Souza is based at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, where he works with Applied Linguistics and Language Education. His research interests lie in language policy and politics, literacy decolonial theory and teacher education. He is widely published on a range of topics in relation to language, literacy, and indigenous education in Brazil and other southern contexts. Recent publications of his include ‘Glocal Languages and Critical Intercultural Awareness: The South Answers Back' (Routledge 2019), and ‘Theoring the South(s)’ in ‘Language in the South’ (Eduel 2019).

Jen Heidenheim
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