Professor Guido Rings, Director
Guido is Professor of Postcolonial Studies and Course Leader for the MA Intercultural Communication. He is also co-editor of German as a Foreign Language and iMex, the first internet journals in Europe for their respective fields.
He has widely published within different areas of postcolonial studies as well as European languages and cultural studies. This includes the authored books The Conquest Upside Down/La Conquista desbaratada (2010), Conquered Conquerors/Eroberte Eroberer (2005) and Narrating against the Tide/Erzählen gegen den Strich (1996) as well as a wide range of special issues and volumes, such as Global identities in contemporary Mexican theatre and performance (with Verena Dolle 2014; iMex), Identity and Otherness in contemporary Chicano cinema (iMex 2012), The Other side of migration/La otra cara de la migración (Iberoamericana 2009), Neo-colonial mentalities in contemporary Europe (with A. Ife 2008), Worlds of Images, Worlds of Texts, Worlds of Comics/Bilderwelten, Textwelten, Comicwelten (with F. Leinen 2007) and European Cinema: Inside Out (with R. Morgan-Tamosunas 2003). Guido is also author of more than 50 refereed articles and numerous review-articles.
While his research focuses on concepts of culture and alterity in contemporary Hispanic, French and German narrative or film, other work explores socio-political and cultural aspects of European discourse and identity in the 20th and 21st century. Within this framework, he has co-organised two international conferences, one of which received considerable support by the British Academy.
Dr Bettina Beinhoff, Co-Director
Bettina Beinhoff is Senior Lecturer in English and Applied Linguistics and Course Leader for the BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics. Her main research interests include second language speech development, social issues in second language acquisition (especially attitudes towards accents and the construction and negotiation of second language identities) and sociolinguistic aspects of constructed languages.
Her most recent book is Perceiving Identity through Accent - Attitudes towards non-native speakers and their accents in English (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013). Bettina has published several articles on language attitudes, intelligibility and accentedness in second language accents and on the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR) and has presented work at international conferences in Europe, Canada and China. She is currently preparing to start her British Academy funded project into speech perception within the CEFR which will investigate the development of intelligibility and perception of accentedness through the different stages of acquiring a second language.