LANGUAGES WITH/IN STEM CONFERENCE 9-10 August 2018
The last decade or so has seen an
increased focus on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects taught in schools and institutions of higher education. STEM has been viewed as a way of bridging development fissures and igniting innovation. In Zimbabwe, for example, the government has increased funding for STEM related subjects. Students in public schools taking STEM subjects have been offered scholarships which cater for payment of school and boarding fees. The government of Zimbabwe has undertaken such an initiative because “available evidence supports the view that currently, sustainable socio-economic transformation is driven by investing in STEM disciplines” (Technomag 2016: n.p.). The increased STEM-phasis has inevitably seen less focus and support for subjects in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
What has often been overlooked in the undeniable relationship between (foreign) languages and STEM. It cannot be argued that technology has improved the way languages are taught and learnt. Simultaneously, it is an almost given that language opens important avenues to international STEM markets. Moreover, language makes it possible for STEM based collaborations to take place beyond linguistic and national borders.
This two day conference sets out to deliberate on the broad theoretical following questions: how useful is STEM when it cannot be articulated and disseminated across different languages? Can knowledge and innovation created through STEM be transferred in the absence of adequate linguistic proficiency and appropriate languaging? Can the technical skills derived from STEM exist in isolation of the soft skills of communication, critical thinking, intercultural competency made possible through language learning and acquisition.
In a bid to unpack these questions, we call for papers that deal with the following topics:
- Language as a STEM research subject
- Importance of languages to/in STEM
- Indigenous languages within STEM
- Technology and languages/Technology and teaching of languages
- Machine translation
- Science and technology in language teaching
- Interdisciplinary education
- STEM related discourses
Submission of abstracts:
Abstracts should include title of the abstract, authors’ names, institutional affiliation and email address.
Acceptance decisions will be communicated before week beginning the 30 April 2018.
Delegates will be offered the opportunity after the conference to submit their papers for consideration to be included in an edited book
Travel and accommodation expenses should be covered by the participants