Visiting scholars

In keeping with its aim to develop collaborations and relationships with other centres of research excellence in communication both nationally and internationally, the Institute of Culture, Discourse & Communication values opportunities to host Visiting Fellows and Speakers.


Nelly Martin.

Nelly Martin is an honorary visiting scholar at the Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication (ICDC), Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA where she completed her dissertation on “Bahasa gado-gado in Indonesian popular texts: Expanding Indonesian identities through code-switching with English.” In her dissertation, she explores the connections between language, identity, and ideology vis-à-vis code-switching in both film scripts and literary fiction.

Her study is interdisciplinary, integrating Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Critical Analysis, and Cultural Studies. Utilizing hybrid critical approaches, she examines the local and global functions of Indonesian-English switches in seven texts produced after 1998, a critical political period in Indonesia.

While at ICDC Nelly plans on researching the use of English in an Indonesian online-based transportation application, Gojek (an Uber-like application that locally belongs to an Indonesian company), the symbolic power of English in Indonesian popular texts, the reconstruction of being a ‘good’ Indonesian Muslim woman using an autoethnographic lens, and the renegotiation of identities of the Indonesian immigrants living in New Zealand.

On 23 March 2018 Nelly conducted a presentation organized by the School of Language and Culture, AUT to staff and students entitled ‘On being a “good” Indonesian Muslim woman: An Autoethnography’. She explored the renegotiation of the self, using the definition of Ibuism, the state laws,and Islamic teachings as the frameworks through which the ‘good’ Indonesian Muslim woman is constructed. Ibuism, derived from Ibu, an Indonesian term for ‘mother,’refers to the social construction of Indonesian womanhood within the household domain, as imposed by the authoritarian government for nearly 32 years (1966-1998). She used reflexive notes as the data to explore how the post authoritarian era has affected her. Autoethnography offers a space to find that others’ assessment of her Muslimness is an effective lens through which she views her being and her becoming as a woman, an Indonesian, and a Muslim.



Professor Marcel Burger, Director of the Centre of Linguistics and Language Sciences, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Marcel Burger.

Marcel Burger teaches media discourse analysis in the field of interactional sociolinguistics at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He is leading the Centre for Linguistics and Language Sciences (CLSL) of the Faculty of Arts, and his main research interests include the construction of identity in media and political discourse. He is currently working in the domain of media ethnography on a multi method of analysis of news making processes and news products. His latest books co-edited with A.-C Berthoud: Repenser le rôle des pratiques langagières dans la constitution des espaces sociaux contemporains (2014); and with J. Jacquin & R. Micheli: La parole politique en confrontation dans les médias (2011).

This presentation will examine a short phase of the negotiation process to consider how when and why antagonistic editorial norms (about what a news report has to be) emerge? The claim is that the study of identity, interaction & negotiation helps to get a better understanding of what “news” and “doing news” is. The perspective is from an ethnographic discourse analytical approach to news making processes and products in the broader domain of interactional sociolinguistics. The paper is part of a research project (2005-2016) conducted at the Swiss public broadcasting company and aimed at describing the journalism practices of broadcast news. April

Amanda Chalupa.

Amanda Chalupa – visiting doctoral student from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

For her doctoral thesis being conducted through McGill University, Amanda is researching Polish refugee children in New Zealand who came here as the first refugees in 1944 – the “Pahiatua Children”. While spending time in New Zealand to interview the ‘children’, Amanda gave a presentation at AUT about her work.

2008 Visiting Fellow


Professor Dr Edgar W Schneider
Research Center for World Englishes University of Regensburg, Germany.

Professor Edgar W Schneider specialises in varieties of English world wide, including:

  • The evolution, language contact, variation and change of English language varieties
  • Pidgin and creole languages
  • The history and dialect geography of English
  • and varieties of American English, especially Southern and African American Englishes.

He is editor of the scholarly journal English World-Wide and its associated book series, Varieties of English Around the World.

He holds the Chair of English Linguistics at the University of Regensburg, Germany, after previous appointments as an assistant professor at the University of Bamberg (where he received his PhD in 1981), as a research associate at the University of Georgia in the USA, and as a Full Professor at the Free University of Berlin.

Edgar Schnedier has written and edited several books, including:

  • American Earlier Black English (1989, a revised version of his dissertation, published in Alabama)
  • Variabilität, Polysemie and Unshärfe der Wortbedeutung (2 vols, 1988)
  • Introduction to Quantitative Analysis of Linguistic Survey Data (1996)
  • Focus on the USA (ed., 1996)
  • Englishes Around the World (2 vols., ed., 1997)
  • Degrees of Restructuring in Creole Languages (ed., 2000)
  • Handbook of Varieties of English (2 vols., ed., 2004)
  • Postcolonial English (Cambridge UP, 2007).

Dr Schneider has also published many articles and reviews on the dialectology, sociolinguistics, history, semantics and varieties of English in journals, collective volumes, and international handbooks.

He has lectured in many countries, served as a reviewer and advisor for universities, publishers and other academic institutions on all continents, and held a variety of academic functions.

Visit the Institute of English and American Studies page at Regensburg University, Germany.

2006 Visiting Fellow


Professor Jeffrey Cole

Director, Center for the Digital Future, USC Annenberg School;
Director, World Internet Project

Professor Jeffrey Cole is the founder and director of the World Internet Project (WIP) based at the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California Annenberg School.

The WIP, which is in its sixth year of research, provides a long-term longitudinal look at the effects of computer and Internet technology on all aspects of society in a variety of countries around the world.

More than 20 countries have joined the project as international partners since its inception, conducting surveys of both users and non-users of the Internet to enable a cross-country comparison.

ICDC is the New Zealand partner of the WIP and is in first phase of conducting a preliminary survey of New Zealand internet use. More information can be found on ICDC's World Internet Project web page.

As part of his New Zealand visit Professor Cole presented a series of public lectures.

2003 Visiting Fellow


Professor Adam Jaworski

Associate Professor in the Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University
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2002 Visiting Fellows


Professor Theo van Leeuwen

Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University
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Professor Joel Slayton

CADRE Institute, San Jose State University, California
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Professor Peter Weingart

University of Bielefeld, Germany
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2002 Visiting Speakers


Victoria Garnons-Williams

Course Coordinator (Visual Arts), Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology.
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Professor John Rickford

Professor of Linguistics at Stanford University, California.
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2001 Visiting Fellows


Dr Susan Herring

School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University.
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