Book Series

Book Series

This book series publishes independent volumes explores peripheralized ways of framing and conducting language studies in both the Global South and Global North. We are particularly interested in the ‘geopolitics of knowledge’ as it pertains to language studies and aim to illustrate how language scholarship in the Global North is partially indebted to diverse traditions of scholarship in the Global South. We are also keen to explore interfaces between language and other areas of human and non-human scholarship. Ultimately, our concern is not only epistemological; it is also political, educational and social. The books are part of the Global Forum, which is open and politically engaged. The Global Forum fosters collegiality and dialogue, using the technologies essential to productivity during the pandemic that have served our collective benefit. In the book series, we experiment with the format of the book, challenging the colonial concept of a single monologic authorial voice by integrating multiple voices, consistent with decoloniality and the democratic and politically engaged nature of our scholarship.

Full details of all the books in this series and of all our other publications can be found on or by writing to Multilingual Matters, St Nicholas House, 31-34 High Street, Bristol, BS1 2AW, UK.


Decolonial Voices, Language, and Race

Published: June 30, 2022

In the wake of #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, #rhodesmustfall and the Covid-19 pandemic, this groundbreaking book echoes the growing demand for decolonization of the production and dissemination of academic knowledge. Reflecting the dynamic and collaborative nature of online discussion, this conversational book features interviews with globally-renowned scholars working on language and race and the interactive discussion that followed and accompanied these interviews. Participants address issues including decoloniality; the interface of language, development and higher education; race and ethnicity in the justice system; lateral thinking and the intellectual history of linguistics; and race and gender in a biopolitics of knowledge production. Their discussion crosses disciplinary boundaries and is a vital step towards fracturing racialized and gendered epistemic systems and creating a decolonized academia.

Watch the discussion on Volume 1

Watch the Multilingual Matters Spring Conference 2022 Authors Showcase