Constance Mbassi Manga is currently a Ph.D. student at Lancaster University, UK, writing her thesis on Camfranglais in use by diasporic Cameroonians living in Western cities, from a sociolinguistic and ethnographic perspective.
A French native of Cameroonian origin, she was raised multilingual and has been working in the field of language for 30+ years, in various capacities (from working as a freelance translator and interpreter, then heading her own translation agency, and later as a Team Lead/an Account Director in Marketing Communications). Moreover, she spent her childhood in a highly multilingual country (Cameroon, where over 250 languages are spoken), speaking 4 languages (2 African languages, English, French) from birth, learning a 5th (German) from the age of 10. She has always been fascinated by language practices and by the unique and powerful link that people draw between the language(s) they speak and who they are.
In terms of academic study, she was introduced to the study of multilingualism and sociolinguistics during her Masters at Kings College London; her Masters thesis focused on ‘Language Practices of Francophone Cameroonians in London.’ Since that time, she has been interested in language practices of non-European background adults in diasporic contexts, and how these tie in with ideologies of language, home and ‘belonging’.
Mbassi Manga, C. (2019). A case study of Camfranglais in superdiverse contexts: France, the UK and the USA. In R. Siebetcheu & S. Machetti (Eds.), Le camfranglais dans le monde global Contextes migratoires et perspectives sociolinguistiques (175-191). Paris, France: L’Harmattan.
Work for CID:
Constance Mbassi Manga serves as a reviewer for French.
BIAS is an interdisciplinary research project funded as part of the Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative (UKRI and multiple Canadian Funding Agencies) to improve scientific understanding of gender and ethnic biases in the increasingly digitalised and AI-driven labour market processes of job advertising, hiring and professional networking; and developing insights into how such biases and attendant inequalities may be mitigated. Through collaboration with academics from the disciplines of Organisational Management, Sociology, Computer Science and Data Science, and with industry partners in the area of AI protocol development, these insights will drive the development of a new Responsible AI Development Protocol. The post is advertised for 24 months. The academic partners in the project are Lancaster University (lead institution), Essex University (UK), and Alberta University (Canada). You should have a PhD in a topic related to information systems management, the development of socio-technical systems, labour relations, and/or human resources management.
PhD Scholarships include all tuition fees and a contribution of £15,000 towards maintenance costs, starting October 2020, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Lancaster University. Deadline: 28 February 2020.
Cultures of Creative Practice and Social Change (Department of Languages and Cultures)
The Department of Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University has a significant cluster of researchers working in creative literary and cultural practices and in projects that foster new understandings of socio-cultural phenomena and their capacity to influence and promote social change. This dedicated PhD studentship provides the opportunity to pursue research into areas that build on these specialisms. Interested applicants should address one or more of the following areas of enquiry and work should be in one or more of the department’s major languages: Chinese, French, German, or Spanish
Transnationalism, Mobility & Borders (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts)
This PhD provides an exciting opportunity to participate in a rich exchange of intellectual perspectives relating to the Institute’s disciplines, while focussing on the research theme “Transnationalism, Mobility & Borders”. The PhD research will use practice-based and/or critical research on pressing contemporary issues such as migration and refugeeism, racism, xenophobia, violence and populist politics, postcolonialism and decolonization, globalization and inequality, transport, technology and mediation. The Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) incorporates Art, Design, Architecture, Film and Theatre. We are open to proposals for projects that are either broadly situated within any of the five disciplines or that cross disciplinary boundaries.
We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate in Film Studies, Media Studies, English, History or a related discipline in the Humanities and Social Sciences to work on the AHRC-funded project ‘Cinema Memory and the Digital Archive: 1930s Britain and Beyond’ (CMDA). This is a 35-month full-time post.
The project team is Annette Kuhn (QMUL), Richard Rushton (Lancaster University), and Sarah Neely (Stirling University), and the project is based at Lancaster University. Among other things, CMDA will properly organise and store, as well as develop a website for, the ‘Cinema Culture in 1930s Britain’ archive currently stored at Lancaster University Library. The project also involves a number of research and public engagement events relating to archives, cinema memory, and audience research.
Lancaster is searching for a postdoctoral fellow in sociology and/or media and cultural studies to assist Professor Beverley Skeggs in the development of a new research centre in the field of inequalities.
You will be able to demonstrate both outstanding research potential and experience in administration (building profile) and collaborative team working. You will be expected to pursue a high-profile research agenda, generate and support bids for external research funding and produce publications. You will also have an opportunity to supervise BA and MA dissertations, PhD theses and contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate modules (supported by existing staff and balanced with the context of other workload priorities).
Academic Dean, Lancaster University at Sunway, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Deadline: 31 May 2019.
In 2006, Lancaster University established a strategic partnership with Sunway University in Subang Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They are now seeking to appoint an Academic Dean who will play a substantial role in maintaining the high profile and reputation of the partnership in Malaysia and the broader South East Asia region. As Academic Dean, you will be the senior representative for Lancaster University at Sunway University. You will be expected to build on the successful partnership and advance activities along three major themes: teaching, research and engagement.
You will play a lead role in ensuring the quality of teaching, enhancing standards, promoting existing programmes and developing new opportunities across the academic portfolio of Lancaster/Sunway Dual Degree undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Current enrolments on these programmes exceed four thousand students. There will be a requirement for travel, both within Malaysia and overseas – such as to Lancaster – to strengthen the working relationship between partners and to attend student recruitment fairs.
Lecturer in TESOL, Linguistics & English Language, Lancaster University.Closing Date: 15 September 2017
You will have a PhD and relevant research and teaching experience in second language teaching, second language learning and/or classroom-based research. You will join a large group of internationally renowned linguists that includes specialists in second language teaching, learning and assessment, as well as in many other areas, including: English Language study, Corpus Linguistics, Discourse Studies, Forensic Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Sociophonetics, Cognitive Linguistics and Psycholinguistics.
You will pursue research and publications at a level appropriate for a strong submission to the next Research Excellence Framework and will be expected to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students. You will contribute to the department’s modules and programmes in TESOL and related areas, particularly at postgraduate level.
This is a full time indefinite post beginning 1 January 2018.
The Department seeks to appoint a Lecturer in Intercultural Communication. You will have a PhD (or award within 12 months) and relevant research and teaching experience in Intercultural Communication.
You will join a large group of internationally renowned linguists that includes specialists in: English Language study, Corpus Linguistics, Discourse Studies, Forensic Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Literacy Research and Second Language Teaching, Learning and Assessment.
You will pursue research and publications at a level appropriate for a strong submission to the next Research Excellence Framework and will be expected to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students. You will develop new modules and programmes in Intercultural Communication, particularly at postgraduate level.
This is an indefinite post beginning around 1 February 2017.
We are seeking a scholar who has a strong international reputation. You will have a PhD, extensive teaching experience (especially at postgraduate level), a portfolio of publications that are recognised for their excellence, and a proven track-record in attracting funding for your research. You will join a large group of internationally renowned linguists that includes specialists in: English Language study, Corpus Linguistics, Discourse Studies, Forensic Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Literacy Research and Second Language Teaching, Learning and Assessment.
You will pursue research and publications at a level appropriate for a strong submission to the next Research Excellence Framework and will be expected to supervise BA, MA and PhD students. You will lead the development of new modules and programmes in Intercultural Communication, particularly at postgraduate level. You will contribute to administration at a level commensurate with a Senior Lectureship.
This is an indefinite post beginning 1 January 2017.
Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Elena Semino, Head of Department: e.semino[at]lancaster.ac.uk
We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups. Apply online.