pi- yECID oRTEGA PHD
Dr Yecid Ortega is a lecturer of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Queen's University Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK). In this project, Dr Ortega’s research draws upon critical complexity theories to explore the relational and sociopolitical dimensions of languages and cultures as experienced and enacted by those living in urban communities in metropolitan cities.
Teresa Speciale PHD
My research and teaching bring decolonial and critical perspectives to the fields of comparative and international education, language and education policy and practice, anthropology of education, and African studies. Through this interdisciplinary lens, I conceptualize education as a site of fraught convergence between people’s lived experiences and aspirations, policy frameworks, and structural constraints. My research is broadly concerned with how language ideologies, practices, and policies intersect with identity markers such as race and ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and religious affiliation to shape students’ imagined futures and life trajectories. My recent research was a 16-month multi-sited ethnography in Dakar, Senegal that explored how students at two different private secondary schools (one secular, one Islamic) with distinct languages of instruction (French-English and French-Arabic) negotiated rhetorical, material, and spiritual discourses about educational success.
Fionnghuala Nic Roibeaird
I am a PhD researcher examining the relationship between Gaeloideachas (Irish language education) and community regeneration and language reclamation in iarthair Bhéal Feirste (west Belfast). I am from Béal Feirste and was raised bilingually with Gaeilge and English in my home and I attended Gaeloideachas which massively shaped my own commitments to decolonisation, social justice, and education. I have a history in political organising for feminist, anarchist, and anti-fascist causes and within these movements I was emphatic about the use of agitation and propaganda in the form of graffiti, posters, and videos to draw attention to these campaigns for social justice. My research interests include language reclamation, decolonisation, and movements for social justice.
Cristina Martínez López
I am a PhD researcher investigating the construction and negotiation of language teacher identities in a non-formal adult ESOL setting in Belfast (Northern Ireland). My research looks at how language ideologies, teaching practices, and social interactions contribute to shape our identity as teachers and defines our belonging into a community. As originally from Spain and settled in a pluricultural city like Belfast for more than five years, I understand the importance of intercultural and linguistic diversity that embraces and shapes our daily experiences and interactions. My research interests are on language teacher identity, raciolinguistics, language ideologies and bi/multilingualism.