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RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem

There is strong evidence that the School is held in high regard externally, both nationally and internationally. International conferences hosted at UEA and distinguished visiting speakers, such as Hans Magnus Enzenberger, George Steiner, Charles Tomlinson, David Constantine and Michael Hamburger, are evidence of the international research networks in which the School operates in its areas of specialization. Evidence of esteem is also shown by other activities: invited and plenary papers given by researchers from the School, executive positions held in scholarly associations, refereeing, reviewing, editorial work and awards. The following are selected examples of such evidence during the reporting period.
Barbour was the keynote speaker at the International Symposium `Minority Identities Today’ at the University of Aberdeen in 1999. International recognition is further shown by invitations for him to speak at a conference of the Leibniz-Sozietat in Berlin in 2000 and to be plenary speaker at the Annual Conference of the North American Society for Germanic Linguistics at Banff, Alberta, Canada, in April 2001. His stature as an expert in German sociolinguistics was recognized by a very positive review of his co-authored book Variation im Deutschen in `Info Deutsch als Fremdsprache’ 27 (2/3/2000) by R. Hartmann. Boase-Beier gave invited papers at four conferences and a plenary paper at another conference. One of her invited papers was in Stockholm at the prestigious Nobel Committee Symposium. She has been invited to speak about the research that underpins the linguistically oriented `UEA Model’ for translation teaching at Dallas, Amsterdam, Prague, Nijmegen, Castellón, Alicante and UMIST. Chilton presented an invited lecture in Vienna at a conference, Oct 26-28, 2000, on `Der Mensch und seine Sprachen’, organized by the Österreichische Forschungsgemeinschaft. Downes was Northrop Frye Visiting Fellow at the University of Toronto, between Jan.- June 1999, researching religious language. He has given talks and addressed conferences in the UK and Canada, including a paper on `The linguistics of prayer’ to the Northrop Frye seminar in Toronto during his fellowship. Garton has spoken widely, especially on her work on the Skram letters, for example, at Urbana, 1997, and Seattle, 1999, at the American Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies, and at Bergen and Copenhagen. Short has given seven invited papers and three keynote addresses. He has extensive international links with scholars and research centres in the field of Surrealism including two CNRS groups in Paris, the Centre de Recherche sur le Surréalisme (Paris III) and its review Mélusine and Dada and Surrealism at the University of Iowa. Lodge has been active at the Manchester Workshops on Cognitive Phonology and does ongoing collaborative work with John Local at York. Mühlhaus organized a symposium on medical language at the world congress of AILA (International Association of Applied Linguistics) in Tokyo in 1999. She also was invited to present a paper entitled `Eponyms in Medical Language’ at the Annual Meeting of the American Name Society held concurrently with the MLA (Modern Language Association of America), annual conference in Washington D.C., Dec.27-30, 2000. This was supported by a small British Academy grant. Kenning has given numerous papers, including invited papers at Hull, Thessaloniki and Heriot Watt. She is well known for her work in CALL and in concordancing and in 1997 she was invited to participate in the CTI expert seminar in Birmingham.
The School’s researchers are also active in editorial work and scholarly organizations. Chilton is executive co-editor, with Professor Ruth Wodak of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, of a new series of books for John Benjamins entitled `Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture’. He is on the advisory board of Discourse and Society and Current Issues in Language and Society and is a referee for Pragmatics and Text. Lodge is a reviewer and reader for the Journal of Linguistics and the Journal of French Language Studies and also a reviewer and assessor for the ESRC. Kenning is a member of the Association of French Language (ASFL) publications committee and the AFLS/CILT Series Editorial Board. Kenning’s work received a very favourable review (in System 25.3, pgs.435-48) by Philip Riley of the University of Nancy, a seminal writer on autonomy. This was of the book she edited with Elspeth Brody in 1996, Promoting Learner Autonomy in University Language Teaching (London: AFLS/CILT). Another prestigious figure from abroad, Claire-Blanche Benveniste, head of the syntax research group (GARS) at the University of Provence and a specialist in spoken French, has warmly praised Guillot’s book on fluency (personal communication). Boase-Beier is a founding member of the ITI (Institute of Translating and Interpreting) Sub-Committee for Literary Translation in Higher Education. She was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Translators Association (Society of Authors) and, from 1998-2000, Chair of the Translators Association Working Party on Research and Translation. She is series editor of Arc Publications `Visible Poets’ bilingual volumes, which has attracted Arts Council funding for its first year. Downes’ research student, S. Kikuchi, is Secretary of PALA Japan (Poetics and Linguistics Association Japan). Garton, who is an MBE for services to Scandinavian Studies, is currently the president of the International Association of Scandinavian Studies. She is also Series Editor for Athlone’s `Women in Context’ series. She is the Managing Editor of Norvik Press, editor of Scandinavica, contributing editorial consultant for The Reference Guide to World Literature and a reader for Cambridge University Press. Pipe-Fowler was advisory editor or member of the editorial board of a number of major journals, including Discourse and Society, Language and Literature, Poetics Today and Style, as well as book series editor for the Critical Theory Series (Benjamins), Poetics and Linguistics Association `Interface’ Series (Routledge) and Written Communication Annual (Sage).

Funding and awards are also evidence of esteem. The Arts Council and the Nordic Council have provided substantial support to the Centre for Nordic Studies for publishing in Scandinavian studies. The Swedish Institute also provides financial support which the school currently uses to fund Rundblad's post. She has also received significant awards. In March 1998, she was awarded the Svenson Scholarship 1998 for younger researchers from the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation to the value of 90,000 (SEK) (£6,400). In April 1998, she was awarded a post-doctoral scholarship to perform research abroad for 1998/99 from Humanistiska-Samhallsvetenskapliga Forskningsradet (Sweden’s equivalent to AHRB) to the value of 282,000 SEK (£20,047).


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