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17:30 - 19:15 21 October 2015

Reversals of pedagogy and power


Room 802 | Institute of Education (link Map)
20 Bedford way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Áine Mahon, University College Dublin

Áine Mahon is concerned in this paper with the historical experience of language dispossession and the contemporary experience of language pedagogy. Drawing on Jacques Derrida's key concepts of "hospitality" and "monolingualism" she argues that in Ireland the first of these experiences cannot be separated from the second. In other words, taking into consideration its colonial past as well as the changing linguistic profile of its present, Ireland is at once "host" and "hostage" to the English language, and this deconstructing identity has important ramifications for the country's systematic teaching of English as well as Irish.


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