Faculties and centres
Laura Alba-Juez is Full Professor of Linguistics at the UNED in Madrid, Spain. She holds a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the UNAM (Mexico), and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. From 1997 to 2001, she held the positions of Visiting Researcher and Lecturer at Georgetown University (Washington D. C., U.S.A.). In 2013 she stayed at King’s College London (University of London, U.K.) as a visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Language, Discourse and Communication. Her main areas of research are Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics and Functional Linguisitcs. She has been the Principal Investigator of several projects, the last one being the EMO-FunDETT project (2014-2018, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivity - FFI2013-47792-C2-1-P), which studied both the emotive and persuasive functions of language in corporate and institutional discourse. She has published fourteen books and numerous scientific articles. Her last three books are Evaluation in Context (in co-edition with Geoff Thompson, 2014, John Benjamins), Pragmatics: Cognition, Context and Culture (in co-authorship with J. Lachlan Mackenzie, 2016, McGraw Hill), and Emotion in Discourse (in co-edition with J. Lachlan Mackenzie, 2019, John Benjamins). She has also held several management positions at the UNED along the last 15 years; at present she is the Vice-Rector of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies.
Title: "Fast vs. Slow Thinking: A cognitive explanation for the pervasiveness of emotion in discourse"
Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh. She is the third modern Makar, the Scottish poet laureate. A poet, novelist and writer of short stories, she has enjoyed great acclaim for her work for both adults and children. Her first novel Trumpet won the Authors' Club First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. She is the author of a memoir, Red Dust Road, and several collections of stories, including Why Don't You Stop Talking, Wish I Was Here, and Reality, Reality. Her poetry collections include Fiere and Bantam, amongst others. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University, and divides her time between Glasgow and Manchester, where she is currently Chancellor of the University of Salford.
Title: "The Poet's Role as the Scots Makar, Scotland's Poet Laureate"
John McLeod is Professor of Postcolonial and Diaspora Literatures at the University of Leeds, UK. He is the author of Life Lines: Writing Transcultural Adoption (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), Postcolonial London: Rewriting the Metropolis (Routledge, 2004) and Beginning Postcolonialism (Manchester UP, 2nd ed., 2010) and the editor of the Routledge Companion to Postcolonial Studies (2007). His essays have appeared in a number of distinguished journals such as Adoption and Culture, Moving Worlds, Paragraph, Wasafiri, Etudes Anglaises and The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. His new book, Global Trespassers, will appear with Liverpool University Press in 2020.
Title: "Writing the Trespasser: Permitted Migration, Prohibited Personhood"
Juan A. Prieto-Pablos teaches at the Department of English Literature, University of Seville (Spain). He is a member of the Restoration Comedy Project and has co-edited Thomas Shadwell's The Virtuoso and Epsom Wells (Seville, 1997 and 2000), Joseph Arrowsmith's The Reformation and the anonymous comedy The Woman Turned Bully (Barcelona, 2003 and 2007) and has participated in the compilation of data on Restoration Comedy whose first two volumes (Restoration Comedy: A Catalogue, 1660-1670 and Restoration Comedy: A Catalogue, 1671-1682) have been printed by Teneo Press. He has published articles on Renaissance and Restoration literature in The SEDERI Yearbook, Atlantis, RECTR, Theatre Notebook, and Studies in English Literature.
Title: "From the parlour to the dressing chamber: The shaping of domestic space in Restoration London"
Alexander Onysko is Full Professor in English linguistics at Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt. Prior to that, he held an Associate Professorship in English linguistics at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and, from 2012 to 2015, he was Senior Researcher in multilingualism at EURAC (European Academy) in Bolzano. From 2006 to 2009, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher on an FWF-funded project on Late Modern English dialectology at the University of Innsbruck where he had also received his PhD in 2006. In addition, he held visiting professorships at the University of Hamburg (2008/2009), the University of Bochum (2009), the University of Innsbruck (2009/2010) and the University of Gothenburg (2014), and he was a visiting scholar at the University of Waikato (NZ) in 2010/11 where he initiated a research project on Maori bilingualism and its implications for Englishes in New Zealand. His main research interests and publications are in the fields of World Englishes, Language Contact, Bi/Multilingualism, and Cognitive Linguistics.
Title: "Aotearoa English at the nexus of language and culture"