MemberUsree Bhattacharya

My research is inspired by questions of diversity, equity, and access in multilingual educational contexts, especially as they pertain to the circulation of English as a “global” language. It combines the analysis of educational policy and practice with methods from the fields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, linguistic anthropology, and literacy studies. A primary aim of my work is to illuminate the role of discourses, ideologies, and everyday practices in the production and reproduction of hierarchical relations within educational systems. In terms of research projects, I have been conducting ethnographic research on the language and literacy socialization of young boys at an anathashram (orphanage) since 2007 in suburban New Delhi, India. A newer project examines safety and educational rights of adolescent underprivileged girls in suburban Mumbai, India.

MemberLijing Peng

…Selected Publications: 

Peng L. “Between Aesthetic and Institutional Realms: the Vitality of Modern Mandarin Chinese Demonstrated by Shen Congwen’s Literature”, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology (under review)

Peng L. 2015. “Ethnicity and Nationhood: A Study of Contemporary Liminality in Ethnography Museum in Western Hunan, China.” Irish Journal of Anthropology (under review).

Peng L. 2015. “Book Review: Caroline Levine, Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015 .” Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation Review, May Issue.

Peng L. 2013. “Book Review: Laura M. Ahearn, Living Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology, Oxford: Wiley-BlackWell, 2012.” Journal of History and Anthropology 11(1): 168-171.


Peng L. et al, 2011. “Space and Time in Irish Folk Rituals and Traditions.” Chinese Review of Anthropo…

Selected Research Experiences:  1 Current museum anthropology research on Yeats Exhibition in National Library of Ireland 2 Chinese – Irish comparative literature study 2014 – 2015 2 PhD Research on early 20th century Chinese literary languages 2009 – 2014   3 Research on Epic Gesar in Kham and Amdo Tibet. 2008.09 – 2009.09

MemberMark Turin

Mark Turin (PhD, Linguistics, Leiden University, 2006) is an anthropologist, linguist and occasional radio presenter, and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. From 2014-2018, Dr. Turin served as Chair of the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program and from 2016-2018, as Acting Co-Director of the University’s new Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. Before joining UBC, he was an Associate Research Scientist with the South Asian Studies Council at Yale University, and the Founding Program Director of the Yale Himalaya Initiative. He continues to hold an appointment as Visiting Associate Professor at the Yale School Forestry & Environmental Studies. Prior to Yale, Dr. Turin worked a Research Associate at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. At UBC, Dr. Turin is an Associate Member of the Department of Asian Studies an Affiliate Member of the Institute of Asian Research.

MemberMaria Lujan Figueredo

Dr. Figueredo is Associate Professor at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University, where she teaches courses in Spanish and Spanish American literature. Her research focuses on the relationship of literature and music in Latin America, music as a subtext in women’s writing, and contemporary innovations in Spanish American literature. Professor Maria Figueredo was awarded the 2016 President’s University-wide Teaching Award.

MemberAlberto Baglietto

Confident trainer, with extensive expertise in corporate environments gained within the maritime industry and other educational contexts. Effective communicator and active blogger, particularly aware of cultural differences and capable of finding tailored approaches to suit different audiences. Credible and confident public speaker, oriented to problem solving and accomplished time manager. Innovative organizer, articulate communicator, confident with technology and always eager to discover more about Learning and Development matters. Certified linguistic expert at the local Chamber of Commerce.