Monday, June 3, 2019
With the emergence of sociomaterial theories, perspectives on language learning and teaching have been expanding these last few years (Budach, 2018; Canagarajah, 2018; Flemming, Waterhouse, Bangou, & Bastien, 2018; Ilieva & Ravindran, 2018; Pennycook, 2018; Toohey, 2018; Toohey et al., 2015; Waterhouse & Arnott, 2016). These theories have developed in several fields and helped conceptualize how discursive processes and social activities are entangled in the material world and ontologically inseparable from it (Barad, 2007; Braidotti, 2013). Moving away from an analysis focused only on the person and the social, the study of language learning and teaching phenomena inspired by sociomaterial theories attempts to account for the coemergence and assemblage (Deleuze & Guattari, 1987) of human and material processes in educational settings. In this presentation, I will introduce some concepts associated with sociomaterial theories and explain how they differ from earlier conceptualizations of language learning and teaching as well as approaches adopted until now in the field. I will refer to the work of several Canadian researchers who draw on these new perspectives to illustrate how they are contributing to the expansion of applied linguistics by opening new lines of flight to explore.
- Diane Dagenais, Professor, Simon Fraser University