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Putting resources into practice: a nexus analysis of knowledge mobilisation activities in language research and multilingual communities
Current Issues in Language Planning (2014)
  • Sarah Compton
Abstract
Recent demand within the academy for language research that bridges different stakeholders renders the social relevance of research a factor in the academic competition for research funds [Curry, M. J., & Lillis, T. (2013). Introduction to the thematic issue: Participating in academic publishing – consequences of linguistic policies and practices. Language Policy, 12, 209–213]. This calls for new means and innovations for designing and carrying out knowledge mobilisation activities, with consequences concerning where, how and with whom this type of undertaking can or should be done. In this paper we, a team of (multilingual) researchers working within the fields of multilingualism, minority language studies and discourse studies, critically reflect on how we engage in knowledge mobilisation through the conceptualisation, development and management of the Jyväskylä Discourse Hub research initiative and its website (www.discoursehub.fi). Drawing on nexus analysis [Scollon, R., & Scollon, S. (2004). Nexus analysis: Discourse and the emerging internet. London: Routledge], a transdisciplinary discourse-ethnographic framework, we employ the three cycles of this nexus analytical framework (engaging, navigating and changing a nexus of practice) to explore the conditions and consequences of collaborative knowledge mobilisation, especially in terms of creating dialogue among different actors and as a way of enhancing social relevance of language research. We conclude by discussing the implications of this kind of partnership for language policy and planning activities in this era of new types of shifts, demands and openings. Keywords: knowledge mobilisation; nexus analysis; social impact; discourse studies; minority language communities; multimodal–multilingualism
Keywords
  • knowledge mobilisation,
  • nexus analysis,
  • social impact,
  • discourse studies,
  • minority language communities,
  • multimodal–multilingualism
Publication Date
November 5, 2014
Citation Information
Pietikäinen, S., Compton, S., & Dlaske, K. (2014). Putting resources into practice: a nexus analysis of knowledge mobilisation activities in language research and multilingual communities. Current Issues in Language Planning, DOI: 10.1080/14664208.2015.972533