Luke Holmes
Luke Holmes

Abstract

The main focus of this paper will be on the ways in which various discursive processes within and about Swedish Higher Education (HE) are rendering some value-laden social and linguistic practices and processes invisible. Previous studies in the field of Language Policy and Planning (LPP) have focused on the ‘internationalisation’ of HE with a pre-occupation for opposing linguistic systems, for example, Swedish and English. However, this paper seeks to demonstrate how such rigid and dualistic thinking can (re)produce essentialising and highly ideologized monolingual and monocultural categories, over-simplifying what is understood by the ‘international’ and ‘national’ in contemporary HE. In contrast, drawing on data from an interview-based study carried out in a sciences department at a major Swedish university, the paper seeks to demonstrate the potential in taking a multilingual approach when seeking to better understand the affordances and constraints of ‘internationalisation’.

Biography

Luke Holmes is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research on Bilingualism at Stockholm University, Sweden. His main research interests are sociolinguistic and ethnographic in nature, focusing on increasingly diverse and translocal academic contexts, and ideological processes unfolding therein. He has a background in English language and literacy teaching, with teaching experience in the UK, Spain and China.