The linguascape of English social media and the Fukushima nuclear disaster
Friday, September 29, 2017 - 12:00pm

The Linguascape of English social media and the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Dr. Sender Dovchin, Center for Language Research, The University of Aizu, Japan

Friday, September 29, 2017
12:00-1:30 PM
Cramer Hall, Room 124, "Finnish Room"

Free and open to the public.

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Dr. Sender Dovchin will discuss her research--a critical discourse analysis of English Social media content writing by Japanese English language learners which focuses on the theme of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

She will address the notion of "linguascape," the linguascape of social media and how Japanese learners ofEnglish negotiate linguistic and cultural differences via an international social media platform.

Her study offers a real-life understanding of the Fukushima nuclear disaster from the perspective of local residents, while seeking to contribute tot he Fukushima revitalization initiatives and programs in Japan.

Bio of the Speaker: 

Dr. Sender Dovchin is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Language Research, The University of Aizu, Japan. She completed her PhD and MA degrees in language education at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Her research pragmatically contributes to the second language education of young generation living in the Asian peripheral contexts, providing a pedagogical view to accommodate the multiple co-existences of linguistic diversity in a globalized world. She has authored articles in prestigious international peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Sociolinguistics, International Journal of Multilingualism, Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, World Englishes, Asian Englishes, English Today, International Journal of Multilingual Research, Translanguaging and Translation in Multilingual Contexts and Inner Asia. 

Her first research monograph co-authored with Alastair Pennycook and Shaila Sultana, Popular Culture, Voice and Linguistic Diversity: Young Adults On- and Offline” (Language and Globalization Series: Palgrave-Macmillan) was published in August 2017. Dr. Dovchin has recently been awarded one of the most competitive Japanese research grants - KAKENHI - by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science between 2017-2020. Her Kakenhi research topic is: “Integrating English language based Western social media in the EFL classrooms in Japanese universities”.  


Sponsored by:

  • the PSU World Languages & Literatures Dept.
  • and PSU Institute for Asian Studies