Dr Dominic Heinz, Darmstadt Technical University, Germany visited 25 February - 1 March 2013

Dominic Heinz is one of the leading young scholars of German federalism.  He has presented to a wide range of academic conferences in the field, and has also published widely in both English and German. He is currently collaborating with Prof. Arthur Benz on a major project on the nature of German federalism today.  

During his visit he gave a seminar delivered jointly to staff and students about lessons of German’s “debt brake” for the EU’s similar mechanism. He was also a guest lecturer on a core second-year module (Comparative Politics), talking about German federalism. Consultations were also held with colleagues in the Politics and International Relations group.

Professor Janet Ainsworth, John D. Eshelman Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law, USA visited 15-19 April 2013

Professor Janet Ainsworth is John D. Eshelman Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law, Washington, USA, having previously worked in the appeals and felony divisions of the Seattle-King County Public Defender Association and as a training coordinator.

Professor Ainsworth began her visit with a public research talk on Tuesday 16th April. This was very well attended by LSS staff and students, including all the students following the module Forensic Linguistics on the MA Applied Linguistics programme, as well as undergraduate English students. Other attendees included local police officers and academics from neighbouring universities. 

On Wednesday 17th April Professor Ainsworth delivered a guest seminar to the MA Applied Linguistics students following the module Forensic Linguistics. This involved a practical session looking at a series of product warning labels that Professor Ainsworth had provided in advance. This was followed immediately by a guest lecture delivered to final year undergraduates on the module Language as Evidence, which the MA students also attended. 

Professor Birgitta Englund Dimitrova Stockholm University, Sweden visited 15-19 April 2013

Professor Birgitta Englund Dimitova is Professor of Interpretation and Translation Studies at the Institute for Interpretation and Translation Studies, Stockholm University. The main recent focus of her research has been the investigation of cognitive processes of translation and interpreting.

During her visit she gave a public lecture on 'Speaking of translation - studying the translation process on the basis of translators' verbal data'. She also contributed to teaching on a number of translation studies modules and seminars and had individual consultations with colleagues, PhD students and MA students. 

Professor Juliane House, University of Hamburg, Germany visited 20-25 May 2013

Professor House is an internationally known and distinguished academic whose interdisciplinary work spans several areas of relevance to the Centre for Language Educationa Research at Aston (CLERA) and crosses over into research in Languages and Translation Studies. Apart from holding a Professorial position at the University of Hamburg, she has been recognised as a Distinguished Scholar by the Universities of Michigan and Ottawa and has received an Honorary Doctorate from Jyväskylä University, Finland.

During her visit she delivered a public lecture on 'English as a lingua franca:  A threat to multilingualism and translation?' as well as a lecture for Masters in Translation students and held meetings and consultations with PhD students and CLERA members.

Professor Reine Meylaerts, Professor of Comparative Literature at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, visited 29 May-2 June 2013

Professor Reine Meylarts is  Professor of Comparative Literature at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Her research interests concern the theory, methodology and historiography of intercultural relationships in multilingual societies, and translation for minorities. She is also the Director of the annual CETRA doctoral programme in Translation Studies and the coordinator of the Marie Curie initial training network (ITN) TIME Translation Research Training: An integrated and intersectoral model for Europe.

During her visit she conducted a seminar with PhD and MA students on 'Intercultural mediators crossing linguistic, artistic and political barriers - methodological and theoretical implications' and a public lecture on 'Translation policies compared: Flanders and Wales'. She also attended MA student presentations on their dissertation outlines and actively contributed to discussion and feedback and held individual consultations with colleagues, PhD students and MA students. 

Professor Bart Philipsen, University of Leuven, Belgium visited 4-6 June 2013

Bart  Philipsen is Professor of German Literature & Theatre Studies at Leuven University and ranks as one of the leading  experts in his field. He is regularly invited to guest professorships at top international universities and recently received a fellowship at the very distinguished Zentrum für Literaturforschung in Berlin.

During his visit he delivered a seminar on 'Beyond all Bearing. (Con)Figurations of the Intolerable' for postgraduate students. He also delivred a public lecture on 'Performing the Crisis: The Topic of the Recent Financial-economic Crisis in Contemporary European Theatre'.  

Professor Rod Ellis, University of Auckland, New Zealand visited 26 June - 3 July 2013

Professor Ellis is an outstanding academic in the field of TESOL/applied linguistics. He is an internationally reputed and distinguished academic working in areas of direct relevance to the Centre for Language Education Research at Aston (CLERA). Apart from holding a Professorial position at the University of Auckland, where he has been recognised as an Outstanding Distinguished Scholar, he is a Visiting Professor at several international universities including Temple University, Japan, and Anaheim University, Los Angeles. His works include both theoretical advances in the field of second language acquisition (SLA) and their applications to practice in language education. Thus, his visit held great appeal to CLERA and CLIL colleagues and research and masters students working in TESOL, translation studies, modern foreign languages and cross-cultural studies more generally. His broader contribution for PhD students across LSS added to the value of his visit.

During his visit Professor Ellis undertook a number of significant activities including consultations and discussions with CLERA staff, individual consultations with PhD distance and on-campus students, opening speaker at CLERA public seminar on 'Explorations in Second Language Acquisition and Task-based Teaching and Learning', keynote presentation on 'Research Paradigms', at the LSS 2nd Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, and giving advice to staff and students on publications.