Anna Mazenod November 8, 2022

Lost in translation and forgotten in production: The role of language(s) in the production and packaging of knowledge

Place: RUU E213 Lauri,

Time: Tuesday November 8, 14:15-16

Dr Anna Mazenod, Learning Designer WHO Academy, Associate Researcher Université Lumière Lyon 2, France

In this talk Dr Anna Mazenod discusses the role of language(s) in the production of knowledge and the scope for multilingualism in the design and development of learning resources. She draws on post-colonialist theory that emphasises the intertwined nature of language, culture and history, and critically contests claims of neutrality of language and knowledge. Santos (2014) for example has put forward the idea of the epistemologies of the South, which seeks to acknowledge the epistemic diversity of knowledge beyond modern Eurocentric conceptualisation and legitimisation of knowledge. Dr Mazenod explores the opportunities and barriers to epistemic diversity of knowledge through a presentation of findings from two different research settings. The first set of findings relate to the construction of global academic knowledge in the sphere of apprenticeships and vocational education (Mazenod, 2018). The second, and more recent findings arise from her practitioner experiences co-designing and developing online learning resources for global audiences.


Mazenod, Anna. (2018). ‘Lost in translation? Comparative education research and the production of academic knowledge.’ Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education 48 (2): 189-205.

Santos, Boaventura de Sousa. (2014). Epistemologies of the South. London: Routledge.

A commentary will be given by Johanna Ennser-Kananen (assoc. professor, Academy Fellow, U. Of Jyväskylä)


Dr Anna Mazenod is a Learning Designer at WHO Academy and an Associate Researcher at Université Lumière Lyon 2 in France. Anna holds a Doctorate in Education from University College London’s Institute of Education. She has researched education policy, practice and pedagogy in the UK, France and in her native Finland, and developed content and curricula for hybrid and e-learning courses for undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development. Her work has been published in British Educational Research Journal, Compare, Higher Education and Revue Française de Pédagogie,

Anna Mazenod’s visit has been supported by the Institut Français de Finlande, the Embassy of France in Finland, the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research, the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters