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Graduate Teaching Assistant in Luxembourg Studies

I am a postgraduate research student based in the Department of Germanic Studies at the Centre for Luxembourg Studies, which I joined in September 2011(funded by the Luxembourg government). Before coming to Sheffield I completed a BA in Sociology at the University of Heidelberg (2009) and I worked at a school in Luxembourg where I taught English to a group of Vietnamese exchange students. I then came to Sheffield University in 2010 to do my MA in Historical Research. In both my BA and MA dissertations I focused on gender issues in the workplace and in the home.

My current P.h.D work, supervised by Dr Kristine Horner, aims to identify links between language and notions of identity and citizenship in contemporary Luxembourg. My interdisciplinary approach has been influenced by my past academic path. I have recently conducted interviews with 27 applicants for Luxembourgish nationalité, some of whom have taken a language test in Luxembourgish. Using this interview material, I plan to look at questions of identity (-ies), issues of migration and citizenship. I am particularly interested in the interface between policy and practice and the politics of belonging/exclusion.

I teach weekly Luxembourgish conversation classes at beginners and advanced levels for undergraduates as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. I am also an active member of the Centre for Luxembourg studies.

Papers presented

“Come back next year to be a Luxembourger”: Perspectives on language testing and citizenship legislation‘from below’(Workshop ‘Multilingualism and Mobility’, July 2013, University of Luxembourg)

“Come back next year to be a Luxembourger”: Perspectives on language testing and citizenship legislation ‘from below’ (FGLS Cambridge, 9-11th January 2014)

Publication

“Come back next year to be a Luxembourger”: Perspectives on language testing and citizenship legislation ‘from below’ (forthcoming, 2014)