Increasingly volatile global political and economic contexts call the issues of mobility and globalisation in question. Consequently, terms such as communities and moving borders recur in Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics research. This one day seminar aims at creating a space where colleagues from Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics exchange their latest research findings about language, communities and moving borders, learn from each other’s theoretical and methodological perspectives, and explore new and further areas of collaboration. Three principle investigators leading AHRC-funded projects from Translating Cultures programme and Open World Research Initiative will give their responses to the key themes, drawing insights from their research, career trajectories, and disciplinary affinity. The participants will have opportunities to talk about their work and to take part in the discussion. The seminar will finish with a panel discussion which considers the key issues and challenges for Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics research.