our words make worlds


Introduction Programme Speakers Presentations

Working with non-HEIs: Panel

Dr Linda Fisher

Linda Fisher is Senior Lecturer in Languages Education in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. She leads the Education Strand of the MEITS OWRI project and is co-investigator on the Education Strand of the Creative Multilingualism OWRI project. In these and in past research, she has worked extensively with schools, including supervising numerous school-based empirical projects.

Prof Hilary Footitt

Hilary Footitt is Senior Research Fellow in the Dept. of Modern Languages and European Studies in the University of Reading, UK. She was PI for the AHRC project 'Languages at War: policies and practices of language contacts in conflict', which involved collaboration with the Imperial War Museum, London, and with the Ministry of Defence on the Advisory Board.

She is currently PI for the AHRC project, 'The Listening Zones of NGOs: languages and cultural knowledge in development programmes' which involves work with 4 UK-based development NGOs (OxfamGB, Save the ChildrenUK, Christian Aid and Tearfund), and further fieldwork with local NGOs in Malawi, Peru and Kyrgyzstan.

Dr Feargal Mac Ionnrachtaigh

Feargal Mac Ionnrachtaigh is a product of the Irish Medium Education system in Belfast. He studied at Queen’s University Belfast and his doctoral thesis was published as an award-winning book, Language, Resistance and Revival: Republican Prisoners and the Irish Language in the North of Ireland (Pluto, 2013). He is currently based in Queen’s as a research fellow on an AHRC-funded ‘Translating Cultures’ project on the history of West Belfast’s community festival, Féile an Phobail. He also works as part-time Director of the Irish language West Belfast Youth and Community organisation, Glór na Móna. His multi-disciplinary research interests include; Irish studies and socio-linguistics, critical criminology and political imprisonment, Irish historiography, culture and identity politics and working-class history. Further information on personal blog: www.feargalmac.org  

Yahya Zaloom

I was involved from the beginning by invitation from Prof. Catherine Boyle to help in the bid to AHRC to cover the issue of how art can play a role in visualising the language in the art space. My background is Fine Arts (BA) and my postgraduate was in Visual culture; both degrees were obtained from the University of Westminster. Since my graduation in 2011 I have been working at the P21 Gallery project (opened to the public in Dec. 2012). P21 Gallery is a charitable trust established to promote art and culture related to the Middle East and Arab world, I am the Director of the P21. 

Janet Zmroczek

Janet Zmroczek is Head of European & Americas Collections at the British Library where she leads a team of specialist curators working on collection development and engagement with a wide range of audiences from academics to school students and lifelong learners. She began as a Russian, then Polish and Baltic Curator. European & Americas Collections has a strong track record with Collaborative Doctoral Programme students working on diverse topics from the Russian Revolution to the manuscript collections of Stefan Zweig and the Africa’s Sons under Arms project about the British West India Regiments. Janet has also worked with the AHRC Translating Cultures theme in developing the first Translator in Residence scheme at the British Library and with Naomi Wells (PDRA at the IMLR) to develop a  web-archiving project.

Digital Tools and Methods for Modern Languages Researchers:

Dr Renata Brandão
Renata Brandão is the postdoctoral research assistant on the ‘Digital Mediations’ strand of the 'Language Acts & Worldmaking' project. Renata brings expertise in data journalism and will be helping Paul Spence on the 'Digital Mediations' strand which explores interactions between Modern Languages research and digital culture.

Dr Adam Mearns

Adam Mearns is a lecturer in the History of the English Language in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University. His research focuses on the lexical semantics of Old English and the dialect of Tyneside and the wider North East. He is a member of the project team responsible for the Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English (DECTE), a TEI-conformant XML corpus of sociolinguistic interviews with local people spanning five decades, from the 1970s to the present.

Paul Spence

Paul Spence is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities at King's College London and has an educational background in Spanish & Spanish American studies, having also worked in journalism and teaching. In the past he has led digital research on a number of projects involving digital edition, user-generated content, innovative visualisation and digital publishing. He developed the multi-platform publishing framework xMod (now maintained by the King’s Digital Lab and renamed http://kcl-ddh.github.io/kiln/), which has been used on over 50 projects. His research currently focuses on digitally mediated knowledge creation, digital publishing, global perspectives on digital scholarship and the potential interplay between modern languages and digital culture. He leads the 'Digital Mediations' strand on the Language Acts and World-making project (https://languageacts.org/).

Prof Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor is Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Liverpool. She is a specialist in Latin American literature and culture, and has published widely on a range of writers, artists and genres from across the region. Her particular geographical areas of interest are Colombia, Argentina and Chile, although she also worked on literature, art and culture from other regions. Within Latin American Cultural Studies, she takes a particular interest in the varied literary and cultural genres being developed online by Latin(o) Americans, especially hypertext novels, e-poetry and net art. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics, and is the co-author of the recent volume Latin American Identity in Online Cultural Production (New York: Routledge, 2012), and author of the recent monograph Place and Politics in Latin America Digital Culture: Location and Latin American Net Art (New York: Routledge, 2014).She recently held an AHRC Follow-On Funding grant for a project on Latin(o) American Digital Art, which included a series of impact and engagement events, and a book entitled Cities in Dialogue (LUP 2016).

Prof Jane Winters

Jane Winters is Professor of Digital Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Her research interests include digital history, web archives, big data for humanities research, peer review in the digital environment, text editing and open access publishing.