Negotiating Language and Identity Online (meet Unn Røyneland)

We are very happy to announce that we have added Professor Unn Røyneland from the University of Oslo to our list of guests for September 29.

Prof. Røyneland works at the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan, a center of excellence whose goal is to “contribute to society’s management of the opportunities and challenges of multilingualism through increased knowledge, promoting agency for individuals in society, and a better quality of life, regardless of linguistic and social background.”

Her own research interests are very varied within the area of sociolinguistics, and they include language policy and planning, language and dialect contact, language variation, and youth language. She has studied and published extensively about multilingual youth in an urban setting, with a particular interest in the last few years new forms of media and communication such as hip-hop and the internet. She has been involved in the UPUS project, which studied linguistic practices among adolescents in multilingual environments in the city of Oslo.

We look forward to welcoming her in Galway and hear her talk “Virtually Norwegian: Negotiating Language and Identity Online.”


Patrick Stevenson to give Ó Briain Memorial Lecture as part of the “My Story – My Words” symposium

The keynote speech for our September 29 symposium will be given in the evening by Professor Patrick Stevenson of the University of Southampton.

Working at Southampton since 1979, Prof. Stevenson teaches German and Linguistic Studies. His interests are in German sociolinguistics, language ideologies, the politics of language, multilingualism and language biographies. He has been involved in projects regarding language interaction, discourse and policy in the European Union (from a German perspective in particular). In 2009, he was awarded the Jacob-und Wilhelm-Grimm-Preis 2009 for his outstanding contributions to the international promotion of German.

He has published extensively on the topic of multilingual societies: his latest book is Language and Migration in a Multilingual Metropolis: Berlin Lives (2017), published by Palgrave as part of the Language and Globalization series. The book looks at Berlin’s multicultural environment, taking as a case study an apartment building in the highly diverse district of Neukölln, and focusing on how people use their experiences with multiple languages to shape their life stories.

We look forward to welcoming Professor Stevenson to Galway. We are also happy to announce that his lecture will also serve as the annual Ó Briain Lecture.

The lecture marks the career of the Irish scholar and academic Máirtín Ó Briain. Máirtín Ó Briain was a renowned scholar of Irish language and literature, an internationally acknowledged expert on the Fiannaíocht tradition of Ireland and Scotland, a member of The Irish Manuscripts Commission, and of the Irish Folklore Society. Máirtín was held in the highest regard by his colleagues but especially by his students, many of whom went on to pursue careers in the field of Celtic Studies.

The lecture is organized annually by the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at NUI Galway and deals with topics that are of interest to the members of the School.

Meet Lisa McEntee-Atalianis

Dr Lisa McEntee-Atalianis from Birkbeck University of London, will be one of the scholars to speak at the “My Story – My Words” symposium on September 29. She is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Communication and has published in various fields: Language Pathology (Aphasia); Sign Language/Deaf Studies and Sociolinguistics.

In recent years her scholarship has focused on two key areas: identity at micro and macro-discursive/linguistic levels and intergovernmental organizational language planning, policy and practice (two topics that are central to the discussion that we would like to develop in the symposium).

She is a member of the Study Group on Language and the United Nations, New York and her interest in identity is evident in her forthcoming book, Identity in Applied Linguistics. Her research has encompassed the study of autochthonous minority groups and migrant communities in different settings (Turkey, Cyprus and London).

We look forward to welcoming Dr. McEntee-Atalianis to Galway, and to hear her talk about two recent projects in which she traces the migrant voice and constructions of migrant identity in traditional and new media.