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Visiting Scholars 2011/12

Professor Donald Freeman, School of Education, University of Michigan, USA visited 24-28 October 2011

Professor Freeman is Professor of Education, specialising in language education at the University of Michigan, USA.  He is one of the most well-known and internationally respected academics whose ideas have widely influenced the fields of applied linguistics, TESOL and language teaching generally.

The main purpose of Professor Freeman’s visit was to deliver the Inaugural Distinguished Lecture (now an annual event) for the Centre for Language Education at Aston (CLERA), in conjunction with the launch of CLERA by the Vice-Chancellor. This event took place on 26 October from 4.00-6.30 p.m. and was attended by approximately 65 participants from within the School of LSS and from other universities in the West Midlands.

Prof. Margrit Schulte Beerbühl, Düsseldorf University, Germany visited 30 April-4 May 2012

PD Dr. Schulte Beerbühl is one of Germany’s leading historians of Anglo-German migrations and economic relations. Her latest monograph on German merchants in London during the 18th century has been praised as a milestone in Anglo-German historiography. More recently, she has been conducting international research into the production, consumption, and cultural embeddedness of chocolate.

The main event was the research lecture on ‘Cadbury and Stollwerck. Transnational Cooperation in the Chocolate Industry during the 19th and early 20th Centuries’. Apart from LSS-staff, this was attended by Sir Adrian Cadbury and the company archivist. The event strengthened the connections between Aston and the Cadbury family.

Professor Sandra L. Halverson, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen visited 6-9 February 2012

Prof Sandra Halverson is professor at the Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen. The main focus of her research has been the integration of cognitive linguistic concepts and approaches in the study of translation, and her work is both theoretical and empirical. She has also written on a number of philosophical issues at the heart of Translation Studies, including definitional questions and representativeness in translational corpora.

Detailed activities of Professor Sandra L. Halverson:

• Public lecture: Is translated language unique? Crosslinguistic influence and its implications for translation studies
• Seminar for PhD students on research methods
• Individual meetings with PhD students and TS staff

Dr Sharon O’Brien, Lecturer in Translation Studies at Dublin City University visited 27 February-1 March 2012

Dr Sharon O’Brian is a Lecturer in Translation Studies at DCU. Her research interests include the measurement of cognitive effort in translation and post-editing of machine translation output via eye tracking and keyboard logging, translator interaction with technology, process-related research and research methods, controlled authoring of content etc.

Detailed activities of Dr Sharon O’Brien:

• Public lecture: Translation as Human-Computer Interaction
• Seminar with MA students: Post-editing of machine translation – a new skill requirement for professional translators
• Individual meetings with PhD students and TS staff

Prof Ed Finegan, Professor of Linguistics and Law at the University of Southern California visited 16-21 April 2012

Prof Edward Finegan is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Law at the University of Southern California, and a specialist in legal writing. He is also the newly-elected vice-president of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL).

During his visit to Aston Prof. Finegan delivered a seminar to staff and postgraduate students entitled 'Google, Teflon, and App Store: Prescriptivism and Ownership of the English Language'. He also taught a session on the final year undergraduate English module Language as Evidence, and a session on the MA Applied Linguistics module Forensic Linguistics. He discussed methodologies for analysing authorship with Dr Krzysztof Kredens, and had discussions with a number of CFL staff and students on a wide range of forensic linguistics related topics.

Prof John Nauright, George Mason University, USA visited 13-17 Febraury 2012

John Nauright is a Professor in the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism, George Mason University, United States. He also holds Visiting Professorships at Aarhus University in Denmark and the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill in Barbados. He is the Founding Director of the Academy of International Sport at George Mason University. He is also Provost’s Fellow for International Programs at George Mason University. John has held academic appointments in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Scotland, and the USA.

While at Aston, Prof. Nauright presented one seminar in the School of Languages and Social Sciences on sport and identity and one workshop to Aston University on the pedagogical value of international study tours.