Wor(l)ds Lab member Manuel Alcántara-Plá has participated in the sCAN Advanced Monitoring Training (Vienna, October 10th-11th), which has been held by ZARA experts Anna-Laura Schreilechner and Karin Bischof.
It has been focused on relevant topics for fighting cyberhate such as “monitoring hate speech and counteraction, documenting the phenomenon, and tackling underreporting”.
The EU sCAN Project aims at “gathering expertise, tools, methodology and knowledge on cyber hate and developing transnational comprehensive practices for identifying, analysing, reporting and counteracting online hate speech.”
We welcome Miguel Sáenz, one of the most prestigious Spanish translators, for a talk on his experiences translating literary works from German into Spanish. Sáenz is a member of the Real Academia Española, of the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung, and he has received many prizes, including the Spanish National Prize for Translators.
Miguel Sáenz has worked as a translator for the United Nations and other relevant international institutions, and has translated into Spanish works by important Austrian and German authors such as Peter Handke, Thomas Bernhard, Bertolt Brecht, and Günter Grass.
Wor(l)ds Lab is part of the exhibition at the Centro Centro (City Hall) celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
MarcoPolo, the web for surfing the words used on Twitter by the political parties, has been chosen as one of the projects representing the research of the UAM. Visitors will have the opportunity to try it in a computer that has been installed in the exhibition.
Besides, Ana Ruiz-Sánchez will present our research group on November 29 (7:30 p.m.). For this occasion, she has chosen two of our lines of research. On the one hand, she will talk about MarcoPolo and the study of online political discourses. On the other, she will talk about the ethical and scientific challenges that we face when studying multilingualism.
Wor(l)ds Lab has been part of the organization of the Conference on Corpus Linguistics for Spanish (CLICE 2018) in Florence (Italy). The goal of this congress is to stimulate the conversation between researchers using Corpus Linguistics for the study of Spanish. To this end, we discussed the current status of Corpus linguistics, and we shared new perspectives and approaches in the use of corpora. Besides the presentations of research projects and results, CLICE hosted workshops and demonstrations of different resources and tools.
Most of the works presented in CLICE have been published in two special numbers of the journal CHIMERA: Romance Corpora and Linguistic Studies: Vol 5, No 1 (2018) and Vol 5, No 2 (2018).
Wor(l)ds Lab participates in the II World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace in Madrid. It is a “meeting place for local leaders, international organisations and networks, the academic world, NGOs and civil society.” Its purpose is “to open a joint process of debate, reflection and construction of common solutions that foster urban environments capable of eliminating expressions of violence.”
The project Pacto de convivencia will be presented in the forum and Ana Ruiz-Sánchez will take part in a plenary session on violence, radicalization, extremism, and international terrorism.
Ana Ruiz participates in the I International Conference on Research in Multilingualism: Innovation and New Challenges, held at the Universidad de Oviedo (Spain). She has been invited to present her work in a plenary session, with the title “Rethinking multilingualism from the perspective of intercultural research“.
The conference is focused on the fact that the expansion of bilingual and multilingual education in an increasingly globalised world involves a series of intrinsic challenges to which both teachers and students respond with changes and innovations –technological, methodological or procedural– with respect to the traditional model of teaching-learning. In parallel with this, it also offers an interesting field of study to undertake research in the learning of a language in all its domains. The conference would like to connect the world of actual teaching in the classroom to that of educational design and linguistic policy, and all of them to the empirical research in the learning and acquisition of one or several languages and cultures in linguistic immersion contexts.
The Wor(l)ds Lab participated in the Preventing Radicalization: Towards Resilient Societies meeting in Berlin on November 13-15. The German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) has hosted this international conference, which was held in the context of the German G20 Presidency in 2017.
The meeting has brought together academics and specialists working in preventive education – from the public sector or civil society – covering all aspects of radicalisation. The aim is to discuss the challenges of politically or religiously motivated ideological radicalisation and possible solutions with regard to child and youth work and long-term, sustainable prevention work.
For Wor(l)ds Lab, it has been a great opportunity for international exchange and networking in one of our priority areas. The meeting itself has shown us how relevant our approach is, with the interplay between academic research and activist projects.
Ana Ruiz (Wor(l)ds Lab) has taken part in the events organized by Goethe Institute for the 500 anniversary of the Reformation: “Gegenwarten Reformieren” (The Contemporary Reformation). This anniversary has involved different trendsetters and thought leaders, who have shared their personal experiences and ideas of change and innovation. The key question was: “What are the potentials and necessities for present and future-oriented Reformations?”.
Ana Ruiz answered this question as follows:
I understand the Reformation in a broad sense, already present since the 12th century. I understand it as a profoundly European process, whose heirs are all current Europeans (we like or not). Beyond a critical analysis of the Reformation, which can be haunting and enriching, I am interested in their protagonists, who can be considered as social innovators: educated individuals, geographically scattered, searching for truth, multilingual, working in networks, certainly challenging each other in the effort no only to understand the divine, but also the human nature.