ARRCIMS is proud to host three conferences this spring/summer.


31 May, 2019 «Opportunities for Linguistics in the MFL Curriculum»

The conference will provide delegates with a rich agenda, including an overview of MFL teaching in the UK and an insight into some linguistic case studies that have involved schools and younger learners. The conference is free to attend, and lunch will be provided.

More information on the conference is here:

More information on the «Linguistics in MFL» project is here:

22-23 June 2019 «8th Language Creation Conference (LCC8)»

The Language Creation Conference is an international conference discussing issues related to the craft of language creation, or “conlanging”. The conference is a set of talks and panel discussions about various issues related to language creation from several different perspectives. It includes both fairly technical linguistic discussions as well as more artistic, sociological, or philosophical ones; examples of craft in action; voices from many parts of the conlanging community; and opportunities to socialize with fellow conlangers from all over the world. Every two years or so, the Language Creation Society holds a Language Creation Conference. Presenters include people from many parts of the conlanging community and from all over the world. All proceeds go to the LCS.

More information about the conference and how to register is here:

17-19 July 2019 «12th International Conference on (Im)politeness – Within and beyond mainstream approaches to (im)politeness»

(Im)politeness has been a topic of extensive research over the past few decades. Consequently, researchers working in the field have over the years proposed, developed and adopted a wide range of theoretical, analytical and methodological approaches to (im)politeness in human interaction. Due to the popularity of (im)politeness as an academic area, it is of utmost importance to encourage further synergies between researchers who do research on this topic with a view to proposing new agendas, directions and avenues for research. This endeavour requires researchers to examine, with a fresh eye, how mainstream approaches to (im)politeness can be brought together with less mainstream uptakes.

More information on the conference and how to register is here:

You are all cordially invited to our second postgraduate research seminar.

Our two speakers in this seminar are Kate and Stephan who will be talking about their PhD projects. Each talk will last about 20 mins, so there will be plenty of time for questions, general discussion and socialising.

Kate Lightfoot «Heritage languages and their grammars»

Stephan George «The impact of culture on behavioural mimicry»

Date: Monday, 25th March
Time: 4pm-6pm
Room: Hel 303
Refreshments will be provided.

We very much look forward to seeing you at the seminar.

In this session, Prof. Auxiliadora Durán will explore the representation of immigrant women in South Korean cinema, mainly as marriage migrants. In the context of historical ethnic homogeneity and strong nationalism, South Korean cinema has joined the discussions about new ethnicities and social realities that question the traditional concept of bloodline citizenship. The representation of North Koreans characters has become another complex scenario that challenges questions of ‘Koreanness’.

Speaker: Dr. Auxiliadora Durán, Malaga University

Location: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, Hel 217

Time: Monday, 18th March, 18:00 to 20:00

For most students, our intercultural communication classes are a stepping stone to some bigger goal of employment or further study, and it is essential to clarify the link to employability throughout a degree. The proposed intercultural communication workshop aims to achieve this by giving examples of intercultural training in IC companies such as Communicaid, a global provider with head office in London, and by exploring networking opportunities for staff and students.

Speaker: Erica Berzaghi, SIETAR UK, Study Skills Plus

Date: Wednesday, 13th March

Location: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, Hel 251

Time: Wednesday, 13th March, 6pm-9pm

In this guest lecture, Prof. Werner Delanoy will explore the continuities between interculturality and transculturality through selected literary examples.

Speaker: Prof. Werner Delanoy, Klagenfurt University, Austria

Location: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, Hel 217

Time: Monday, 4th March, 18:00 to 20:00

You are warmly invited to our first ARRCIMS postgraduate research seminar.

Our first two speakers in this series are Faris and Trang who will be talking about their PhD projects. Each talk will last about 20 mins, so there will be plenty of time for questions, general discussion and socialising.

Trang Nguyen: «Intelligibility in Vietnamese L2 accents of English and the influence of intelligibility on social evaluations of the speaker»

Faris Allehyani: «How Personality Traits Moderate the Effects of Cultural Tightness on Intercultural Communication Competence Development»

Date: Monday, 25th February
Time: 4pm-6pm
Room: Hel 304
Refreshments will be provided.

We very much look forward to seeing you at the seminar.

Prof. Birgit Neumann’s talk sets out to investigate the importance of literature for the enhancement of intercultural awareness and intercultural competence. Key questions include: How can we explore cultural encounters in literature? Which aspects have to be taken into account? Similar questions have to be answered for the analysis of other forms of narrative, including film, youtube videos and autobiographies, which makes this talk relevant for students and staff from numerous disciplines.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Birgit Neuman, Düsseldorf University

Location: Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT, Hel 252

Time: Friday, 25th January 2019, 14.00-16.00

In cinematic accounts of the plight of asylum seekers, the image of the boat usually functions as a metonym for the bodies on the boat that are rarely shown. In particular the Vietnamese refugee experience is inevitably linked to the indistinct notion of ‘boat people’. In this context this talk will discuss contemporary Asian-Australian films on refugees and the filmmakers’ decision to literally erase the visual iconography of the boat. Further, the notion of ‘decolonizing the gaze’ will be discussed. In what ways do these films emphasise the dialectical relationship between the spectator’s and the refugee’s gaze, thereby destabilise the subjectivities of observer and observed.

Speaker: Victoria Herche, Cologne University, 29th October 2018

Location: Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT, r.t.b.c.

Time: Monday, 29th October, 18.00-20.00

Through an analysis of aspects of Levy’s Small Island interwoven with passages from a documentary about the Windrush generation, Dr Faulkner will explore how the writer is able to offer us a transcultural vision of identity. This vision celebrates ambivalence and challenges notions of selfhood and orders of meaning as fixed and linear identities in particular through a return to and a repossession of a hitherto silenced past via language as a tool of enslavement and liberation, but also through the emergence of a polyphonic text with a plurality and an interweaving of discourses.

SpeakerDr Marie-France Faulkner, Cambridge

Location: Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT, r.t.b.c.

Time: Monday, 15th October, 18.00-20.00

After a presentation of the new ARRCIMS website by co-directors Prof. Guido Rings and Dr. Bettina Beinhoff we welcome 2 guest speakers: Dr. Henriette Hendriks, who will give a talk on «Becoming multilingual: just a new language, or also a new culture and way of thinking?», and Prof. Joanne Leal, who will explore «Cinematic Approaches to Intercultural Communication». There will be a drinks reception after the presentations with opportunities for networking.

SpeakersDr. Henriette Hendriks, Cambridge University, Cambridge — Prof. Joanne Leal, Birbeck College, London.

Location: Room Hel 110, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT

Time: Friday, 27th April 2018, 16:00-18:00

As part of the research conference “Representación de las migraciones en el cine”, this paper explores the destabilization of cultural hiearchies by transcultural memory and affect in Philipe Lioret’s Welcome (2009).

Speaker: Prof. Guido Rings, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Location: Granada University, Instituto de Migraciones, Calle Zamora, Parcela 111-112, 18151 Ogíjares, Granada

Time: Friday, 9th March 2018, 10:00 to 10:50

More than most other European countries, contemporary France has been deeply marked by mass immigration, in particular from Africa, and French cinema has joined the often rather polemic media debate about the country’s ‘multiculturalism’ as an outstanding example of minority reflections on the topic. This public paper is part of the Edmund Lecture Series and explores cultural encounters in one recent example of French cinema: Kaurismäki’s Le Havre (2011).

Speaker: Prof. Guido Rings, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Location: E1.01 Suffolk House, West Suffolk College, Out Risbygate, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3RL

Time: Wednesday, 7th March 2018, 18:00 to 19:00

This conference draws on 15 years of Eurocampus research, and is hosted by Universidade Aberta in Coimbra. Organisers: Prof. Guido Rings, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge; Prof. Claus Ehrhardt, Urbino University.

Speakers: Prof. Jan ten Thije, Utrecht; Prof. Liisa Salo-Lee, Jyväskylä; Prof. Bernd Müller-Jacquier, Bayreuth; Dr. Anne Ife, Cambridge; Prof. João Caetano, Coimbra; Gian-Louis Hernández, Lugano; Prof. Anastassia Zabrodskaja, Tallinn; Prof. Jolanta Drzewiecka, Lugano; Prof. Peter Stockinger, Paris; Prof. Gesine Schiewer, Bayreuth; Prof. Guido Rings, Cambridge; Prof. Claus Ehrhardt, Urbino; Peter Kistler, Bayreuth

Location: Rua Alexandre Herculano, n.º 52, 3000 – 019 Coimbra, Portugal

Time: Saturday, 27th January 2018, 9:00 to 19:00