Doctoral research project

”LANGUAGESZONE/S...” by Vanja Hamidi

Researcher: Vanja Hamidi Isacson

LANGUAGESZONE/S: Multilingualism and its function in dramatic work is a doctoral research project by Vanja Hamidi Isacsons. Vanja is a doctoral candidate in Performing Arts.

The doctoral research project Multilingual narrative studies the relation between multilingualism and narrative as well as the communicative and symbolic functions that multilingualism and translanguaging take through a number of dramatic works.

Goal & purpose

The main purpose of Vanja Hamidi Isacson’s research project is to examine what narratives are offered by multilingualism and how alternating between languages (so-called translanguaging) can be used as a dramaturgic tool by a playwright and dramaturge. Furthermore, the research project aims at examining the limitations and difficulties attached to translanguaging, as well as the symbolic functions of multilingualism that relate to power, resistance and identity.

The overall goal of the research project is to challenge and break the monolingual norm. This goal includes resisting to nationalist and racist ideologies that strive for linguistic and cultural homogeneity.

Research questions

What narratives and characters does multilingualism generate? How can translanguaging be used dramaturgically and what symbolic functions may multilingualism and translanguaging have in a dramatic text?

This is how the research will be carried out 

Through a number of artistic part-projects, Vanja Hamidi Isacson will develop and write dramatic texts in different forms: drafts, scenes and full dramatic works. The languages chosen will vary according to the project.

The projects will be carried out in close collaboration with multilingual actors and directors. The research method includes a series of workshops with the multilingual actors and directors, as well as periods dedicated to writing and translation. Each project is thought to be concluded by a reading.

By elaborating these works while keeping a work diary and completing work stories, and by ultimately writing a comprehensive reflection, Vanja Hamidi Isacson will examine and answer the research questions. 

The part-projects will vary in terms of scope (length of the work and number of actors). In the initial year (2017-2018), Vanja Hamidi Isacson will carry through two projects previously initiated in collaboration with two different theatres.


The final dissertation is planned for the second semester of 2021.

Final Presentation

The comprehensive reflection as well as the different works and their respective work story will be published in print as well as online.