Prof. Giovanni Iamartino, University of Milan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Richard Smith, University of Warwick, email@example.com
Prof. Sabine Doff (University of Bremen), Dr. Tim Giesler (University of Bremen), Prof. Rachel Mairs (University of Reading), Dr. Karène Summerer-Sanchez (University of Leiden),
Recap of our symposium at the 2021 World Congress of AILA
Our symposium on 20 August focused on the often neglected role of women in the history of language teaching as learners, teachers, methodologists, and so on. The symposium included the following papers:
- Sabine Doff (University of Bremen) (featured speaker) Teaching living languages as political statement: female teachers in 19th century Germany
- Raf Van Rooy (KU Leuven) A female student of Greek in the Renaissance: The case of Ippolita Sforza
- Ariane Ruyffelaert (Granada) The role of women in the reflection on French grammar and the teaching of the French language
- Rachel Allan (Mid Sweden University) English for foreigners: a study of female-authored textbooks for immigrants in early twentieth century America
- Irmina Kotlarska (University of Zielona Góra) Women’s role in promoting English culture through English-language education in Poland (the first half of the 20th century)
- Polina Shvanyukova (University of Udine) First women authors of English language teaching materials in Italy
- Maria Grazia Giulia Chiappori (Sapienza University of Rome) Gemma Harasim intellectual and teacher
- Layenne De Oliveira (Federal University of Minas Gerais) Race and English teaching: discussing narratives of black female teachers in the Brazilian context
Additional recent events and publications
- HoLLT.net supported book launch for The History of Grammar in Foreign Language Teaching (ed. Simon Coffey), hosted by Amsterdam University Press, 2 July 2021
- HoLLT.net Online Colloquium on Women in the History of Language Learning and Teaching, Friday 17 September 2021: a follow-up to the AILA Symposium, including 11 presentations. See programme: https://www.hollt.net/uploads/7/3/1/6/7316005/women_program_hollt_.pdf
- HoLLT.net supported 14th CIRSIL Conference on Language Teaching: Pedagogy and Ideology, University of Pisa, 23-25 September 2021 (23 presentations).
- HoLLT.net has supported publication by Nicola McLelland and Simon Coffey of open access material that helps language teachers reflect on language teaching practice and policy from historical perspectives. See their blog post here: https://www.hollt.net/blog/october-19th-2021
Ongoing research and opportunities for collaboration
· HoLLT.net will continue to bring together and network researchers worldwide in a continuously consolidating field. A major focus in the coming years will be to further develop collective publication opportunities, for example in the form of edited thematic volumes.
· There will be a HoLLT.net supported conference on Colonial contact and the history of learning and teaching non-European language in Leiden, 8–10 June 2022. CfP forthcoming.
· There will be a HoLLT.net strand of papers (for any topic in the history of language learning and teaching) at the forthcoming Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas conference in Leuven, 20–22 September 2022. CfP forthcoming.
Renewal as a Research Network of AILA
We have submitted an application for renewal for a further period of three years, following on from our seven years in existence to date. Following a meeting open to all present at our 17 September event, the committee came up with the following list of aspirations for the coming three-year period (2022–2025):
· construct a freely accessible online bibliography of pertinent publications;
· build up our electronic distribution list
- improve opportunities for networking via development of a wiki containing affiliations, email addresses and main historical interests
· hold an annual meeting
· edit and publish papers from the ReN symposium at the AILA 2021 Congress and from other events
- start a webinar series to showcase recent historical research
- develop a constitution
If anybody would like to help us with any of these activities, or to suggest other activities, please contact the convenors. Please continue, also, to advertise HoLLT-related events and publications and to raise topics for discussion in our email discussion list, at any time: HOLLT-NET@jiscmail.ac.uk.
Website: https://www.hollt.net. The convenors can be contacted via the email addresses above.