WP270 National languages matter in academic career trajectories

Salรถ, Holmes & Hanell
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In this paper we examine the value held by national languages, here Swedish, in the scholarly career trajectories in non-Anglophone countries. To this end, we analyze the language policies of Swedish higher education institutions and the narrated perceptions of two international recruits. Adopting Pierre Bourdieu?s distinction between scientific and academic capital, we argue that Swedish language skills constitute a vital asset in processes of accruing power in Sweden?s scientific world. Hence, as we maintain, English is not all that matters, despite internationalization being high on the agenda.