- Dr Naomi Wells
- BA Spanish and Italian (Leeds 2007), MA by Research (Leeds 2009), PhD (Leeds 2013)
- Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Translingual Communities, European Languages and Digital Humanities)
- Institute of Modern Languages Research
- Institute of Modern Languages Research School of Advanced Study University of London Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
- 020 7862 8766
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Research Summary and Profile
- Research interests:
- Culture, Digital resources, Digitisation, Language and Literature (Italian), Language and Literature (Spanish)
- Research keywords:
- Digital Humanities, Multilingualism, Transnationalism, Ethnography, Cultures of Migration and Mobility, Language Ideologies and Policies
- Europe, South America
- Summary of research interests and expertise:
I joined the IMLR in 2017 as a Research Associate on the AHRC-funded Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community project (Open World Research Initiative). My research for the project focuses on technology-driven forms of communication and representation, concentrating on social and other digital media generated by language communities in the UK. I am also collaborating with key project partners, and in particular with the British Library where I will be working with their web archives and digital collections experts in the development of new research questions and methodologies for working with digital media.
I was previously a research fellow on the AHRC-funded Transnationalizing Modern Languages project, focusing on the linguistic and cultural practices of migrant and intercultural associations in the city of Bologna (Italy) which forms the basis of my forthcoming monograph. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the research draws on applied and sociolinguistics, cultural and translation studies, and cultural and social geography. An additional strand of my research centred on Italian-speaking communities in Chile, and the translingual and transcultural practices of representation and memory within these communities.
My previous PhD research focused on language policy and linguistic minorities in Spain and Italy, and in 2010 I received the Society for Italian Studies postgraduate prize for my MA thesis on language politics and policy in the Veneto and Asturias.
I am equally committed to public engagement and impact activities which bring research in Modern Languages to wider audiences. I previously co-organised two series of creative writing workshops at Sandwell Arts Cafe and the Birmingham Ikon Gallery, attracting new and experienced writers from diverse backgrounds in the West Midlands keen to explore with us how they respond creatively to living in a multilingual and multicultural environment. I have also taken an active role in discussions concerning the future of Modern Languages, co-organising a major event in collaboration with the British Academy on reshaping the discipline and presenting my work in Modern Languages forums across the UK and abroad.
Spoken Written Italian Fluent Fluent French Intermediate Intermediate Spanish Fluent Fluent Other: Beginner's Arabic; Beginner's Catalan
- Publication Details
Date Details 01-Apr-2016 The Territorial Principle: Language Rights and Linguistic Minorities in Spain and Italy
In Gill Valentine and Ulrike Vieten, eds. Cartographies of Difference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Living with Difference. New Visions of the Cosmopolitan Series. Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 157-82.
01-Jan-2012 Multilinguismo nello stato-nazione: lingua e identità sarda all’interno dello stato italiano (1992-2010)
In Silvia Contarini, Margherita Marras and Giuliana Pias, eds. L’identità sarda del XXI secolo: tra globale, locale e postcoloniale. Nuoro: Il Maestrale, pp. 155-70.
24-Oct-2011 The Linguistic Capital of Contested Languages: The Centre-Left and Regional Languages in Asturias and the Veneto, 1998-2008
Language Problems and Language Planning, 32(2) (2011), 117-38
Transnational Lives and Transcultural Encounters: Negotiating Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
Liverpool University Press, forthcoming
- Research Projects & Supervisions
Details Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community
Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2017-Present
Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, 2014-2016
- Relevant Events
Date Details 22-Sep-2016 Conference paper
‘Bridging Sociolinguistics and Cultural Studies: Linguistic and cultural practices in migrant cultural associations in Bologna’, 2nd International Conference on the Sociolinguistics of Immigration, Rapallo, Università degli Studi di Torino.
09-Sep-2016 Invited speaker
With Prof C. Burdett, ‘Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Re-framing the discipline’, Languages and Cultures in 21st Century Transnationality, Sheffield Hallam University.
06-Jul-2016 Conference paper
With Dr J. Burns, ‘Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Bridging experiences in research, practice and teaching’, Frameworks for Collaboration and Multilingualism Conference (8th Biennial joint LLAS, UCML, and AULC ‘Languages in Higher Education’ conference), University of Warwick.
15-Jun-2016 Conference paper
'Language as a Site of Empowerment and Solidarity: Migrant Cultural Associations in Bologna and the Teaching of the "Mother Language"', Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Universidad de Murcia.
13-Jun-2016 Invited speaker
With Prof D. Duncan and Prof L. Polezzi, ‘Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Transnationalizing creative practices’, Translation, Translanguaging and Creativity: A Translating Cultures Workshop, Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study.
26-May-2016 Conference paper
‘From imitation to appropriation: Reshaping the Italian language in migrant and intercultural associations in Bologna, Italy’, New Plurilingual Pathways for Integration: Immigrants and Language Learning in the 21st Century (BAAL/Cambridge University Press seminar), Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
30-Apr-2016 Conference paper
'Transnational Cultural and Linguistic Practices in Migrant Cultural Associations in Bologna', Turning Points: Cultures of Transition, Transformation and Transmission In Italy (Society for Italian Studies Interim Conference), Trinity College Dublin.
13-Nov-2015 Invited speaker
With Prof L. Polezzi, ‘Working globally through multilingualism and translation’, Multilingualism in Practice in the University ESRC Seminar, University of Birmingham.
04-Nov-2015 Invited speaker
‘Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Negotiating linguistic and cultural diversity in contemporary Italy’, invited research seminar, School of Modern Languages, University of Leicester.