Please join us for a brown bag workshop on Ethics in ethnographic fieldwork

Dr. Ariana Mangual Figueroa will be with us on Tuesday, February 12, leading a workshop on ethics in fieldwork. We will reflect on questions related to entering and exiting the field, articulating the scope and significance of a project to participants,  how participant’s goals and expectations translate in the researcher-participant relationship and how to adapt our thinking about ethics in the context of globalization. La carta de responsabilidad_ Ethics in comtemporary ethnographic fieldwork(1)

Ofelia García on Translanguaging

Thanks everyone who joined Ofelia García’s talk on translanguaging! It was a privilege and a pleasure to have her back at TC and as a speaker for the CMLL which she co-founded with JoAnne Kleifgen. Her presentation and engagement with the audience reminded us of how much her research contributes to many avenues of future research and practice.
We were also excited to have in the audience Alastair Pennycook, another world-renowned scholar of multilingualism. Screen Shot 2018-11-25 at 10.23.56 AM


CMLL Open House

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our open house today! It was wonderful to see familiar faces and to meet new members of our community. Thank you for sharing ideas about your ongoing projects and also for inspiring future CMLL activities. We’ll be updating our events page with the complete details about all upcoming events this semester, so check back on our site for that information.

And, given the feedback we received today, we will find another date or two this semester to convene for a combination of sharing work-in-progress, data from ongoing projects, celebrating achievements, and enjoying snacks!

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon — and perhaps as soon as next week, when some of us will be participating in the 3rd Annual Anthropology and Education Conference at TC.

CMLL Welcomes Autumn

The weather is cooling, but our upcoming slate of events and activities is heating up!

We hope to see many of you at our Open House on October 16, 2018, from 1:00 – 2:30 in 422 Thompson. We want to share more about the history of the center, and also want to hear how can support ongoing language and literacy efforts at the College. Join us and help set an agenda for the Center’s future!

Later this semester, our Associate Director, Nicholas Limerick, will be involved in coordinating and chairing the 3rd Annual Anthropology and Education Conference sponsored by the Programs in Anthropology at Teachers College.

We are also excited to give you a preview of one of our speakers this autumn — none other than CMLL co-founder Professor Ofelia Garcia! We are thrilled to have Prof. Garcia returning to Teachers College to give a colloquium and engage with the TC community. Her talk is scheduled for Monday, November 5th at 5:00pm. Additional details will be posted soon.

Finally, as we look ahead to the future of CMLL, your thoughts and participation will be vital in helping us grow our work. In the past, we’ve coordinated study groups, workshops, and data analysis session in response to interest from across our community. So please be in touch if you aren’t able to join us for the Open House and let us know about your work, whether you’d be interested in sharing it as part of a brownbag series, and if have recommendations for our Speaker Series.

Teachers College’s Anthropology and Education conference submission deadline is April 15th!

Teachers College’s Anthropology program is hosting the Third Conference on Anthropology and Education on October 26th and 27th. They are currently accepting submissions until the April 15th deadline! This year’s theme is centered on “The Work of Education” with a focus on the exploration of the human condition through the consideration of how education is done beyond the school and in diverse contexts. Check out Teachers College’s Anthropology of Education site for more details on the conference theme and submission requirements.

CMLL co-founders Ofelia Garcia and Jo Anne Kleifgen will be signing books at AERA!

If you are attending the American Educational Research Association (AERA) this year, please join authors and co-founders of the Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies Ofelia Garcia and Jo Anne Kleifgen at their book signing event in support of their bestseller Educating Emergent Bilinguals: Policies, Programs, and Practices for English (2nd edition). The book will be 50% off while supplies last!

Ofelia Garcia (CUNY Graduate Center) and Jo Anne Kleifgen (Teachers College, Columbia University) are distinguished scholars in the field of urban and bilingual education and their seminal publication is essential for all educators, policymakers and researchers. This work offers readers a comprehensive account of language minority students and descriptions of alternative practices and pedagogies to support them. Please see the flyer for more information about the updated second edition and other details.

Date: April 14th, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: AERA Book Signing Booth #1800


MASCLab and the Visual Research Center present the Visual Research for Social Change graduate student conference

Join us for this exciting event set up by the Media and Social Change Lab @ TC (MASCLab) and the Visual Research Center (VRC). Please see the description and poster below on behalf of the conference organizers.

MASCLab is collaborating with the Visual Research Center to organize the first ever “Visual Research for Social Change” graduate student conference, which will showcase innovative research from students, artists and practitioners across disciplines and institutions. The conference will take place on April 18 (after AERA) in the Smith Learning Theater at Teachers College, and is free to attend. See schedule for info on the awesome presentations we have in store, and join us on April 18!

Date: April 18, 2018
Time: 8:30 am – 7:30 pm
Location: Smith Learning Theater (Russell Hall 4th Floor)

Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street
New York, NY 10027

Brownbag Conversation Series: Digitalization in schools


Join us for a Brownbag Conversation with Meike Hethey (University of Bremen), who will present her research on the challenge of digitalization in the context of German schools.

Date: February 26, 2018
Time: 2:00 – 3:30p
Room: 418 Zankel (Teachers College)


Digitalization – a difficult process in German schools: a discourse analysis


Digitalization is a global phenomenon which causes changes in nearly every part of our social and cultural life, in economic production processes as well as in our ways of communication. The term digital revolution (cf. Garton Ash 2016) emphasizes the upheaval modern societies experience since more than a decade. And it puts the current changes on equal footage with the Industrial Revolution or the Enlightenment.

As a logical consequence, digitalization also became a key area in School Education. In 2016, the German Ministry of Education started its Educational Initiative for a Digital Knowledge Society, a program to promote digitalization in School Education (cf. BMBF 2016). The fact, that digitalization became a key topic of the federal government in a country like Germany, where the federal states traditionally are responsible for the public school system, emphasizes its overriding importance.

But what are the expectations for digital teaching and learning at school? By analyzing the public discourse (newspaper articles, educational blogs etc.) on the one hand and the scientific discourse on the other hand, the presentation aims at pointing out the key questions and arguments of the German discussion on digital education in public schools. Taking the debate in Foreign Language Education as an example, the presentation will argue that the discussion on digitalization currently swings between two supposedly contradictory positions: the true belief in technological innovation and all its life-changing possibilities on the one hand and the fear of possible negative consequences (i.e. particular risks of ways of digital communication etc.) for the personal development of students on the other hand. From a historical point of view the current discourse on digitalization therefore joins the pedagogical discussion on the educationalization of different phenomena of modernization since the 18th century (cf. Tröhler 2016, Smeyers & Depaepe 2008). The presentation will contextualize the discussion in its historical context before it concludes with some thoughts on the desideratum of a more subject-specific approach to digitalization (in Foreign Language Education).


Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (2016). Bildungsoffensive für die digitale Wissensgesellschaft. Online: https://www.bmbf.de/pub/Bildungsoffensive_fuer_die_digitale_ Wissensgesellschaft.pdf [02/05/2018]

Garton Ash, Timothy (2016). Free Speech. Ten Principles for a Connected World. London: Atlantic Books.

Tröhler, Daniel (2016). Educationalization ofSocial Problems and the Educationalization ofthe Modern World. In: Peters, Michael

A. (ed.). Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Singapore: Springer: 1-9.
Depaepe, M. & Smeyers, P. (ed.) (2008). Symposium on the Educationalization of Social Problems. Educational Theory, 58(4): 379-474.


About Meike:

Meike Hethey studied French, History and Educational Studies at the Universities of Bremen and Reims (France). She graduated with the First Civil Service Examination (2002) and did her teacher training in Hannover (Second Civil Service Examination in 2004). From 2004 -2011, she worked as a High School teacher of French and History. Since 2011, she is a University lecturer at the department of Foreign Language Education at the University of Bremen (key area: Romance languages).

In her Ph.D project, she explores how to teach aesthetic reading of literature in the foreign language classroom on an advanced beginners level (expected submission in 2018). Beyond that she is head of an interdisciplinary research project on transmitting literature and literary knowledge in (Foreign) Language Education at schools, in teacher education and in the non-academic literary field (Literaturvermittlung hoch3; in cooperation with Dr. Karen Struve).

Further research interests:

  • digital teaching and learning / digitalization as a challenge for the (German) school system
  • history of foreign language education
  • film education in the (foreign) language classroom