Pluriversalizing applied linguistics: Towards a world worth living

This presentation argues for Pluriversal applied linguistics in which language is used and studied in relation to humans, non-humans and beyond humans promoting research and education for a better society and planetary survival for all.

Drawing on personal and empirical data, this presentation will offer a fresh perspective towards pluriversalizing applied linguistics research and language teaching with a focus on critical ethnography and decolonial praxis. 

Yecid Ortega urges humanity to rethink binary views on language and encourages researchers and practitioners to indulge in insights from the Global South, unlocking the possibilities for the future of language learning, teaching and research. As a collective, we can demonstrate that language and languaging can be used as a counter narrative to defy social hierarchies and that teaching is an invaluable humanizing praxis. We all can collaboratively invent new communicative forms, negotiate learning, and strengthen cultural practices. 

In the end, he proposes a Critical Humanizing Pedagogical (CHP) alter/native approach for language teaching and learning that should focus on understanding a pluriversality of beings in connection with communities, their identities, cultures, and languages while purposely and vigorously attempting to challenge all forms of oppression and inequity for a world worth living. 

About Yecid Ortega (PhD)

Yecid Ortega is an assistant professor in the School of Social Sciences, Education, and Social Work at Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland, United Kingdom), where he teaches graduate classes in TESOL and applied linguistics. 

He finished his doctoral program in Language and Literacies Education (LLE) with a collaborative specialization in Comparative International, and Development Education (CIDE) at OISE – University of Toronto (Canada). 

He has over 30 years of international experience (Colombia, the USA, Canada and the UK) in the field of language education and plurilingualism. He explores the lived experiences of the most marginalized communities and the ways in which they assert their cultural and linguistic identities as well as their connections with the cities they inhabit and non-human relations. 

He currently theorizes on pluriversal applied linguistics and focuses on alternative forms of research including but not limited to arts-based, creative, critical, and post/new-material methodologies to understand one’s place in the world. 

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