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Agata Maria Adely

Agata Maria Adely

Research topic:

Exploring linguistic ideologies and identity of Sicilian-Australians through language portrait research.

Why is your research important?

Heritage languages are an important part of linguistic and cultural identity; however, individuals from minority heritage language backgrounds face distinct challenges. Sicilian-Australians have a complex relationship with Sicilian as they negotiate national ideologies and the impact these have on language practices. This study uses language portrait research to explore the linguistic profiles and language choices of Sicilian-Australians.

Abdulrahman Ibrahim A Aljammaz

Abdulrahman Ibrahim A Aljammaz

Research topic:

Arabic Non-Professional Subtitling Motivation and Perception.

Why is your research important?

The changing role of the translator and the impact of technology certainly has effects on both the discipline of TS and the profession, shifting focus towards the different roles of the translator and perception/motives behind non-professional practices is necessary for TS in general and AVT in particular to benefit from such change. Those interested in crowdsourcing, language policy, translations strategy may profit from such research.

Supervisors:

Dr Jason Jones (Main), Dr Leah Gerber (Associate), Dr Mohamed Zain Sulaiman (External)

Margherita Angelucci

Margherita Angelucci

Research topic:

My doctoral research investigates the musical production of contemporary Afroitalian Hip Hop artists.

Why is your research important?

My research contributes to the area of Italian cultural studies, shedding light on a growing area of Italian popular culture, which importantly reflects changes in the country’s social fabric and racial relations. My research presents Afroitalian cultural practices as evidence of Italy’s increasing transculturality and, more broadly, it reflects on the need to denationalise the notion of culture.

Juanjuan Ba

Juanjuan Ba

Research topic:

Assessing and Developing Intercultural Competence in Online Translation.

Why is your research important?

This study will measure Intercultural Competence in online translation space using Cultural Intelligence (CQ) framework and to identify whether Intercultural Competence is embedded in the training of the translators (TED Translator program as an example). This study also aims to further develop CQ framework for it to be used as a training guide for online collaborative translators thus to contribute to the training of translation field.

Abdulwdood Hassan M Bahhari

Abdulwdood Hassan M Bahhari

Research topic:

Teaching Arabic in an Australian Islamic School.

Why is your research important?

I want to explore how teachers of Arabic manage the different language proficiencies students bring into the classroom – e.g. in Fus-ha, Ammyiah, English or other languages, and how learners use their comprehensive repertoire to make meaning and express identity.

Kathrin Bartha

Kathrin Bartha

Supervisors:

, Prof Frank Schulze-Engler (External)

Elizabeth Kate Bryer

Elizabeth Kate Bryer

Research topic:

Dead Authors, Invisible Translators: Character analysis as a fertile site for author–translator dialogue

Why is your research important?

Grounded in translation studies’ fictional turn and the theoretical framework of historiographic metafiction, I explore whether character analysis might answer Berman’s call for translators to avoid arbitrary homogenization. My creative component is a translation of Mónica Ojeda’s La desfiguración Silva, a compelling candidate for testing my inquiry, given its multi-genre, multi-voice polyphony, and its anxiety around authorship post-Barthes.

Rebecca-Kate Bryson

Rebecca-Kate Bryson

Research topic:

The Watchpeople: A Marxist feminist dystopia in a future Australia.

Why is your research important?

The depiction of technology from a Marxist feminist perspective in the Australia feminist dystopian fiction genre is largely unexamined. My thesis explores Nancy Fraser's Marxist feminist justice framework and builds on this to create a technological framework for how women are exploited in patriarchal capitalism, before then using this framework to analyse four novels within the genre, and create a unique accompanying creative novel.

Alice May Capstick

Alice May Capstick

Research topic:

The influence of Satan from John Milton's Paradise Lost on the development of the Satanic Hero archetype in the Romantic period.

Why is your research important?

My research seeks to understand the origin of the antiheroic characters that have become mainstream in contemporary society. Despite the significant influence of Milton's Satan on Romantic conceptions of alternative heroism, the Satanic Hero has received far less attention than other antiheroic archetypes. Understanding the influence of Milton's Satan is the key to understanding the development of the dark hero we are so familiar with today.

Estefanía C. Fontealba Chamorro

Estefanía C. Fontealba Chamorro

Research topic:

Exploring the role Latin American cyberpunk plays in the global academic understanding of cyberpunk literature.

Why is your research important?

Amid a global economic crisis and pandemic, one is left to wonder, are we living in a cyberpunk world? It is also imperative to contribute to the advancement of Latin American cyberpunk literature studies, that have remained on the margins of scholarship and its critical analysis has not reached many of its readers or a wider audience.

Xinyi Chen

Xinyi Chen

Research topic:

The Middle Class Aspiration: Identifying with Sherlock and Downton Abbey in China.

Why is your research important?

The growing popularity of British “quality” TV program has coincided with the dramatic growth of the middle class in China, and the views of China’s middle class are expected to shape China’s international behaviors and affect most affairs of the state. By exploring Chinese viewers’ consumption of foreign TV entertainment, I hope to contribute insights into how middle-class aspirations are changing Chinese society.

Constance De Silva

Constance De Silva

Research topic:

Press advertising in Australia 1800s-1950s: a linguistic study in discovery of the evolution of early marketplace language to the modern 'adspeak'.

Why is your research important?

My discovery dataset covers new territory in socio-economic history, and in Australian English. Some 150 years of commercial and lifestyle activity are explored – drawing on news reports, opinion pieces, letters to the Editor, government notices and advertisements. The research outcome renders a formative understanding of how language is put to work as an instrument of persuasion to create constructed worlds that draw us into consumerism.

Laura Deriu

Laura Deriu

Research topic:

Contested identities and communities: a linguistic investigation into Australian lesbian print media (1970-2000).

Why is your research important?

This study will contribute to the research into linguistic and multimodal representations of lesbian histories as well as develop theoretical insights into language, identities and sexualities through the application of quantitative and qualitative methods. Additionally, the project makes a social contribution by adding to the cultural capital of Australian LGBTIQA+ stories.