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Our STSMs - Sara Nyssen

Another one of our network members had completed their Short Term Scientific Mission (STSMs).

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) promote exchange and mobility within the scientific objectives of the Action, and allow Action members (especially early stage researchers) to visit universities and institutions of another Party of the COST Action to learn new techniques or methodologies, or to work on joint publications.

Sara Nyssen visited the UK recently. Here is what she had to say about her experience:


"I was invited by Dr. Alfonso Del Percio, one of the leaders of Working Group 10 (Legitimisation and Power), to spend ten days at the Institute of Education, UCL (UK).

The purpose of my visit was to discuss the design of my PhD project on the professional activation of ‘new speakers’ in Flanders (Belgium) and to engage in a conversation with other researchers who work on similar topics.

Next to meetings with Dr. Del Percio and fellow PhD student Sibo Kanobana to discuss our individual projects, I participated in workshops on ‘Diversity and New Speaking’ and on ‘Critical Ethnography of New Speaking’ and assisted in giving feedback to students about their MA project proposals.

This provided me with new theoretical and methodological insights.I learned how to critically think about discourses of ‘new speaking’ and how to make appropriate choices in ethnographic research.

This provided me with tools to formulate concrete steps for my research plan. Dr. Del Percio also showed me how to give feedback to students.

The STSM helped me to start building a network of researchers who work on the topic of ‘new speaking’ and gave me more insights in the profession of a researcher.

Furthermore, the STSM will result in a common paper with Dr. Alfonso Del Percio, Dr. Sarah Van Hoof and Sibo Kanobana at the 7th International Conference on Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice and in a panel at the Sociolinguistics Symposium 22."

Our STSMs - Karolina Rosiak
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