Portugal – New Speaker International Conference

Portugal – New Speaker International Conference

still image from
'New Speaker Stories'
a 20 minute film
by Deirdre MacKenna
2017
© Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

Cultural Documents is delighted to present ‘New Speaker Stories’ as part of the methods, research findings and policy recommendations of the Final Whole COST Action Conference ‘New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Policies and Practices
‘ at the University of Coimbra in Portugal.

Focusing on Policies and Practices, the New Speakers’ Network Final Whole Action Conference brought together the work which emerged from dialogue and collaboration between researchers, policy makers and stakeholders working together over the past four years on the dynamics involved in becoming a new speaker of a language in the context of a multilingual Europe.

From this perspective, new speakers are multilingual citizens who, by engaging with languages other than their native or national language(s), need to cross existing social boundaries, re-evaluate their own levels of linguistic competence and creatively (re)structure their social practices to adapt to new, complex and overlapping linguistic spaces.

The Network has sought to understand the potential social tensions that emerge from unequal access to participation of new speakers in Europe’s multilingual projects. These inequalities pose challenges to European integration, social cohesion and economic collaboration, as well as to the full participation of territorial and immigrant minorities.

Deirdre MacKenna presented an intervention of quotes from The New Speaker Studio throughout the building of the Faculdade de Letras as well as a three-day screening of her film ‘New Speaker Stories’.

The full conference programme can be seen here.

More info on The New Speaker Studio here.


  • Date from: 14 September 2017
  • Date to: 16 September 2017
  • Portugal - Universidade de Coimbra, Casa das Caldeiras, R. Padre António Vieira 7, 3000 Coimbra
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still image from 'New Speaker Stories': poster distribution, photograph intervention and film screening by Deirdre MacKenna at Universidade Coimbra September 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories': poster distribution, photograph intervention and film screening by Deirdre MacKenna  at Universidade Coimbra September 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories': poster distribution, photograph intervention and film screening by Deirdre MacKenna at Universidade Coimbra September 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories': poster distribution, photograph intervention and film screening by Deirdre MacKenna  at Universidade Coimbra September 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories': poster distribution, photograph intervention and film screening by Deirdre MacKenna at Universidade Coimbra September 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories': poster distribution, photograph intervention and film screening by Deirdre MacKenna  at Universidade Coimbra September 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories': poster distribution, photograph intervention and film screening by Deirdre MacKenna at Universidade Coimbra September 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories': poster distribution, photograph intervention and film screening by Deirdre MacKenna  at Universidade Coimbra September 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories': poster distribution, photograph intervention and film screening by Deirdre MacKenna at Universidade Coimbra September 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories': poster distribution, photograph intervention and film screening by Deirdre MacKenna  at Universidade Coimbra September 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories': poster distribution, photograph intervention and film screening by Deirdre MacKenna at Universidade Coimbra September 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories': poster distribution, photograph intervention and film screening by Deirdre MacKenna  at Universidade Coimbra September 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories': poster distribution, photograph intervention and film screening by Deirdre MacKenna at Universidade Coimbra September 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories': poster distribution, photograph intervention and film screening by Deirdre MacKenna  at Universidade Coimbra September 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories': poster distribution, photograph intervention and film screening by Deirdre MacKenna at Universidade Coimbra September 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories' a 20 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories' a 20 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories' a 20 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

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