In 2015, CALS welcomed two visiting Research Scholars. Dr. Sandra Ballweg (University of Bielefeld, Germany) and Maimu Berezkhina from the MultiLing Centre for Excellence in Research on Multilingualism across the Lifespan, University of Oslo, Norway).
Sandra Ballweg holds a PhD in second language acquisition with her PhD research focussing on the use of writing portfolios in foreign language instruction. She is the author of Portfolioarbeit im Fremdsprachenunterricht (2015) and co-author of Wie lernt man die Fremdsprache Deutsch? (2013). Her primary areas of research interest include multilingualism, language and identity, foreign language writing, and learner autonomy.Sandra was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a three month stay at CALS from April to June 2015 as part of the CALS Visiting Researcher Programme. While at CALS, she worked on a project on the negotiation of linguistic identity in multilingual families. This project aims to provide a deeper and broader understanding of imposed, assumed and negotiated multilingual identities of individuals and of the negotiation processes within families in which two or more languages are spoken.sandra previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies, Section for Multilingualism, at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. http://sballweg.de.
Maimu Berezkina is a PhD candidate at the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing) at the University of Oslo, Norway. In her doctoral project she analyzes the inclusion of various linguistic groups into the increasingly digitized state communication environment of two European nation-states: Estonia and Norway. Her project draws attention to state websites in policy research, which mirror, and thus implicitly or explicitly promote, dominant language ideological frameworks. Furthermore, the project applies an actor-centered approach to analyzing overt and covert language policies. Having herself previously worked as the localization manager for a website in 34 languages of a global marketing company, Maimu now focuses on the actors involved in the creation of state communication policies. These actors work in a complex environment where different factors, norms and ideologies require balancing against each other. Maimu holds a specialist degree in Norwegian Linguistics and Literature from the State University of St. Petersburg, Russia, and a Master’s degree in Scandinavian Linguistics from the University of Oslo. Her previous research projects focused on onomastics and linguistic landscapes.http://www.hf.uio.no/multiling/english/people/phd-fellows/maymub/index.html