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Englishes - A Conversation

Sam Belinfante
Director, Centre of Audio Visual Experimentation
University of Leeds

Sam is an artist living and working in London. Along with filmmaking and photographic work, his practice incorporates curating, sound and performance. Recent exhibitions include  The Curves of the Needle at BALTIC 39, Newcastle The London Open at Whitechapel Gallery, both 2015 and the solo show  Many Chambers, Many Mouths, Southard Reid, London (2013). He curated and participated in  The Voice and The Lens, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, which toured to Whitechapel Gallery as part of Spitalfields Festival in June 2014. Recent performances include  The Full Gamut at Camden Arts Centre (2015) and  Corpus Sonus, at Whitechapel Gallery (2015). Recently Belinfante won the Hayward Touring Curatorial Open. His exhibition  Listening opened at BALTIC 39 in September 2014 and toured to the Bluecoat, Liverpool; Site Gallery, Sheffield and the Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery; and Firstsite and Art Exchange, Colchester.

Jessica Bradley
Doctoral Researcher, TLANG Project, School of Education
University of Leeds

Jessica is a Doctoral Researcher for the AHRC-funded research project ‘Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating linguistic and cultural transformations in superdiverse wards in four UK cities’ (TLANG). Based in the School of Education at the University of Leeds, she is undertaking research into flexible multilingual practices in community arts and street arts in areas of West Yorkshire and Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her doctoral thesis is entitled 'Translation and Translanguaging in Production and Performance in Community Arts'. She also coordinates a number of arts-based research and practice projects including the arts-based semiotic landscapes project for children and young people ‘LangScape Curators’ and managed the Connected Communities Utopias 2016 project - 'Migration and Home: Welcome in Utopia'. Previously, Jessica worked in the Arts team for Educational Engagement, also at the University of Leeds, for almost a decade, developing and managing projects with schools and colleges to promote modern languages and art . She holds an MA in Applied Translation Studies from the University of Leeds and a B.A. in French with Spanish from the University of Newcastle.

Alexandre Christoyannopoulos
Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
Loughborough University

Alex is officially French and Greek, grew up in Brussels and has lived in England almost continuously since 1997, so he feels like a foreigner everywhere.

Between 1997 and 2008, he completed his academic studies at the University of Kent, covering disciplines such as Economics (BA), International Relations and European Studies (MA), and Politics and Government with some Theology and Religious Studies (PhD). The only interruption was an internship at the European Commission. ?

Between January 2005 and 2010, he taught on a broad variety of modules in half a dozen departments both at Kent and (from 2008) at Canterbury Christ Church University. ?In 2010, he joined a fittingly multidisciplinary department (and, ?eventually, overarching school) at Loughborough.

He still cannot decide whether his main discipline is political thought, religion and politics, anarchist studies, international relations or political theology. There may be others. He publishes and teaches in those areas among others.

He has a keen interest in pedagogical innovations, and acts as Programme Director in his department, treasurer of the Anarchist Studies Network, and officer of the International Political Science Association’s research committee on Politics and Religion.

He is fluent in French and English, reasonably fluent in Greek, understands (even if he pretends not to) Spanish and Portuguese, and has studied (and hopes to continue trying to learn) Arabic.

Heather Connelly
Research Fellow, Faculty of Arts, Design & Media
Birmingham City University

Heather Connelly is research fellow at Birmingham City University (BCU). Her art practice/research concerns art-and-translation and linguistic hospitality. She is particularly interested in how art practice can be used to examine the performativity of translation and engage people in the complex issues of translation, language learning and more broadly transcultural communication. During her AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellowship in 2016, she established Translation Zone(s),a programme of events and artworks, to interrogate these issues. She is co-founder of Practice as Research Network (2017) at BCU, InDialogue (2011) an independent biannual symposium and event for artists and researchers and New Research Trajectories (2010-11). Between 2015-16 Heather led colleagues at the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) at BCU in the creation of a new interdisciplinary Masters Programme: Contemporary Arts China, which includes international partnerships with arts organisations, galleries and artist led spaces, in the UK and China. She holds a PhD by Fine Art Practice (Loughborough University: 2015), and MA Fine Art (Sheffield Hallam University) and has over twenty years of teaching and professional experience in the Arts.

Nicoline van Harskamp

Nicoline van Harskamp lives and works in Amsterdam. Her recent works use and explore the English language that is created among non-native speakers worldwide, and imagine the (aesthetic) properties of a future spoken global language. She studied at the Royal Academy of Visual Arts (KABK), The Hague and the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.  

Van Harskamp currently teaches as a professor of performative arts at the University of Fine Arts, Münster

Her previous projects include  Yours in Solidarity, which addressed the very recent history of anarchism through a correspondence archive, and was presented in different stages of completion Mexico City, Frankfurt, London, Shanghai, Zagreb, Bombay, Montreal and elsewhere. Her live pieces, among which  Expressive Power Series and  A Romance in Five Acts and Twenty-one Englishes,  were staged at Tate Modern, London; KunstWerke, Berlin; Witte de With, Rotterdam; New Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Arnolfini, Bristol; Serralves Foundation, Porto; and Kaaitheater, Brussels.  

link: http://www.kunstakademie-muenster.de

Arianna Maiorani
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics
Loughborough University

Arianna Maiorani joined Loughborough University in 2008. A Roman born and bred, she holds an MA in Modern Languages and Literatures from the University of Rome, La Sapienza and a PhD in Cultural Sciences from the International School of High Studies of the San Carlo Foundation in Modena, Italy.

Before joining Loughborough she taught English Language, Linguistics and Translation at the University of Bologna and the University of Rome La Sapienza for many years.

She is also an ex professional ballet dancer and choreographer and holds a diploma from the Ballet School of the Opera Theatre of Rome. 

Jessica Robles
Lecturer in Social Sciences
Loughborough University

I am fascinated by how moral troubles are implicated in ordinary social interactions. My research has explored many topics in which morality surfaces, from little words such as “like,” to political arguments, family interactions, and responses to racism. I conduct qualitative research using discourse analysis and I teach qualitative methods courses in the Social Psychology programme.

My degrees are in Communication and Media Studies (BA, University of San Francisco, USA: 2004), English Language and Linguistics (MA, University of Essex, UK: 2005), and Communication (PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA: 2011). My previous positions have been at the University of New Hampshire (USA: 2011-2013) and the University of Washington (USA: 2013-2015).

Image: Collage (2016), courtesy of the artist.


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