MemberAdam C Schembri

…T. (accepted). Comparing signers and speakers: Building a directly comparable corpus of Auslan and Australian English. Corpora. 

Schembri, A., Cormier, K. & Fenlon, J. (2018). Indicating verbs as typologically unique constructions: Reconsidering verb ‘agreement’ in sign languages. Glossa. 

Schembri, A., Fenlon, J., Cormier, K. & Johnston, T. (2018).  Sociolinguistic typology and sign languages. Frontiers in Psychology. 

Fenlon, J., Schembri, A. & Cormier, K. (2018). Modification of indicating verbs in British Sign Langua…

Adam Schembri is Reader in Linguistics in the Department of English Language & Linguistics at the University of Birmingham, UK. He completed a PhD in linguistics at the University of Sydney in 2002, worked at the University of Bristol 2000-2002, at the University of Newcastle (Australia) 2003-2005, and at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre at University College London during 2006-2010, where he initiated the British Sign Language Corpus Project ( His research and teaching experience has encompassed a number of areas in sign language linguistics, including work on aspects of the lexicon, grammar and sociolinguistics of Auslan (Australian Sign Language) and British Sign Language. He is the co-author (with Trevor Johnston) of ‘Australian Sign Language (Auslan): An introduction to sign language linguistics’, and co-editor with Ceil Lucas of ‘Sociolinguistics and Deaf Communities’, both published by Cambridge University Press.

MemberCristina Gil

Cristina Gil has been awarded a Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) PhD Research scholarship. She currently is developing her doctoral research in Culture Studies at the Research Centre for Communication and Culture (CECC) at the School of Human Sciences at the Catholic University of Portugal under the research line of Cognition and Translatability.  She was a Portuguese Sign Language Interpreter for thirteen years, she has a vast experience in both national and international contexts. Since 2010 she has lectured in higher education schools and universities on subjects related to Deaf Studies and is now a full-time junior researcher/doctoral student. Feel free to contact by email at

MemberAma Bemma Adwetewa-Badu

My research focuses on politics, aesthetics, and identity construction and representation as articulated through avant-garde poetics and 20th/21st century Anglophone Black diasporic literature and culture, especially poetry. I am especially interested in the intersection of politics and aesthetics in literature, and the ways in which avant-garde poetics disrupt preconceived notions of Blackness  (and personhood) while constructing an open nature to the signs placed upon the (black) body. My most recent project, “Iterations of Identity: Black Diasporic Poetics and the Politics of Form,” positions these interests in a comparative aesthetic perspective, with a focus on examining avant-garde poetics through a primary lens of close-reading and aesthetics, including a study of the politics of aesthetics as dictated by neo-colonialism in West-Africa and the Caribbean, and racialized climates constructed by the global white gaze.

MemberMariusz Kozak

I’m an Assistant Professor at Columbia University. My research focuses on the emergence of musical meaning in contemporary art music, the development and cognitive bases of musical experience, and the phenomenology of bodily interactions in musical behavior. I’m currently working on a monograph, titled Enacting Musical Time, which examines how listeners’ understanding and experience of musical time are shaped by bodily actions and gestures.

MemberEvina Steinova

I am a holder of a VENI grant from the Dutch Organisation for Research. My three-year postdoctoral project (2018-21) at the Huygens ING, an institute of the Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, is called Innovating Knowledge. Isidore’s Etymologiae in the Carolingian period. It deals with the study of the early transmission history of the Etymologiae of Isidore of Seville, Carolingian appropriation of this work, and intellectual networks in the early Middle Ages. In 2017-18, I was a Mellon Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, working on the intellectual networks in the early medieval Latin West, and the role of Isidore of Seville’s Etymologies as a vehicle of innovation in this period. In 2016, I received a PhD from Utrecht University for my research on annotation symbols in early medieval Western manuscripts. I have carried out my PhD research in the project Marginal Scholarship: The Practice of Learning in the Early Middle Ages at the Huygens ING, Institute of the Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, in The Hague. I have a keen interest in early medieval annotation practices, in particular the use of symbols rather than words in this context – and I might be the right person to ask a question about this subject. By training, I am a Latin philologist. In the recent years, I have expanded my skills to Latin paleography and codicology and Digital Humanities. Besides Latin, I also know some Hebrew and I worked with Hebrew texts (for example, I published several articles about the 1389 Prague Easter pogrom), and I am interested in Jewish Studies and the late antique history of the Middle East. I hope to improve my coding and paleography skills in the future and hopefully get back to Hebrew and medieval Jewish history. I also try to write popularizing articles about history-related topics on various platforms, both in English and Slovak (my native language), and to organize popularizing events.