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Prof. Goffe Jensma

Prof. Goffe Jensma started working at our department in 2008. He teaches in both the BA and the MA, his field of expertise is cultural history and minority studies.

“As Professor of Frisian language and culture – educated in history and philosophy – I have always approached minority studies from a comparative perspective. Whereas my initial focus was primarily on Frisian, our new programmes take up a wider European and global oriented scope. Due to a well balanced mix of language oriented, political, and cultural historical courses we are able to train excellent diversity managers.”

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Dr. Eva J. Daussà

Eva J. Daussà started working at our department in 2014. She teaches in both the BA and the MA. Her field of expertise is general linguistics. She teaches basic linguistic courses, as well as specialized courses on Multilingualism, Minority Languages, Language Policy, and Language in Education.

“Language is a fascinating phenomenon, an essential part of human existence. By studying it from different perspectives, we gain knowledge on who we are as a species, how we relate to each other and the world around us, and how we manage diversity in human communities.”

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Dr. Nanna Haug Hilton

Dr. Nanna Hilton has been working in our department since 2010. She teaches in both the MA and the BA, she is an expert on sociolinguistics and language policy.

“As a sociolinguist I enjoy discovering all the different forces at work when multiple languages meet. To solve the versatile issues that arise in multilingual situations my own linguistic experience comes in handy.”

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Dr. Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar

Dr. Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar was a lecturer and researcher at several universities in the Netherlands and Tunisia before joining our department in 2018. He is a narratologist – a scholar of how stories are structured and how they function – and has a special interest in how storytelling is used to create individual and collective identities. He teaches BA courses on cultural heritage and minorities in contemporary Europe.

“Throughout my academic career, first in Scandinavian studies and then in literary and cultural studies, I have been fascinated by border thinking (the way humans conceive of themselves as opposed to something or someone else) as manifested in the stories that we tell to ourselves and others. In my experience, the ability to analyze and assess such stories, is an invaluable asset to diversity managers.”

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Dr. Tilman Lanz

Dr. Tilman Lanz is a European Anthropologist specializing in the study of Muslim migration to Europe. He has been with the department since 2014.

“The change Europe faces today is simple but fundamental: it’s inhabitants will have to acknowledge that Europe has long become a target of immigration. Europe needs immigrants but this means that the job at hand requires us to think how these newly arrived minorities can be successfully integrated into our own complex societies. Teaching students vital and necessary skills to analyze and successfully deal with a complex situation like this one is what we do best in the Minorities and Multilingualism program.”

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Dr. Hanneke Loerts

Dr. Hanneke Loerts is an Assistant Professor who teaches courses on psycho- and neurolinguistics, research methodology and statistics within the BA and MA programmes. Her research focuses on bi- and multilingual language processing using both behavioural as well as online measures such as eye tracking and event-related potentials.

“I consider language one of the most fascinating and puzzling aspects of human life. It is an enormously complex phenomenon, but in daily life we use it in a most careless, unthoughtful and unconscious way (and why shouldn’t we?). It is fascination and bewilderment with language that I hope the students will be able to share with me.”

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Dr. Joana Duarte

Joana Duarte, Ph.D., worked in the area of intercultural education at the Universities of Cologne and Hamburg and is now an associate professor at the Hanze University for Applied Sciences. She teaches both BA and MA courses on multilingualism and education.

“Although the majority of the world’s population is multilingual, education systems are still governed by monolingual attitudes. My research highlights ways to raise educational equity in a world of growing heterogeneity by creating plurilingual speakers, through challenging the persisting monolingual mindset.”

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Dr. Willem Visser

Dr. Willem Visser started working at our department in 2008. He teaches in the BA programme. His field of expertise is Frisian language proficiency and formal linguistics.

“I consider language one of the most fascinating and puzzling aspects of human life. It is an enormously complex phenomenon, but in daily life we use it in a most careless, unthoughtful and unconscious way (and why shouldn’t we?). It is fascination and bewilderment with language that I hope the students will be able to share with me.”

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Audrey Rousse-Malpat

Audrey Rousse-Malpat teaches at the university since 2010. She is specialized in second language development and particularly in language teaching and classroom-based research. She started to work for this department in 2018 as a Study Advisor for the Ma and as a Research Methodology teacher for the Ba.

“To me, helping people learn a new language is like giving them the winning ticket to the lottery. Multilingualism is the kind of wealth that cannot be bought but that will open you the doors to a better future. Think of the refugees who get a better chance in life once they master the language of their new country, think of the relationships that are born when two people understand each other. My mission is to grasp the processes involved in language learning and to apply this knowledge to language teaching research to ultimately have many happy multilinguals European teenagers.”

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Drs. Anne Tjerk Popkema

Drs. Anne Tjerk Popkema (1975) has been a researcher and a teacher in the field of Old Frisian studies since 2002. He has worked in Leeuwarden (Fryske Akademy), Kiel (Christian-Albrechts-Universität) and Groningen (RuG). Anne is the co-author of the Altfriesisches Handwörterbuch (2008).

“Old Frisian is intriguingly exotic. Sure, it is ’the first cousin of English’ but it is a beautiful language in it’s own right as well, offering a wonderful window on medieval Frisia.”

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Lena Knaudt

Lena Knaudt started working at our department in 2018. They teach the seminars of the BA-course ‘Minorities in Contemporary Europe I’ (with dr. Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenander) and have a background in cultural and literary studies. Their research focus lies on gender and social justice theories, and on the representation of marginalized groups in the media landscape.

“Studying the differences in how social majorities and minorities relate to their environments enables us to understand how every aspect of society is informed by norms and values that quickly develop political dimensions. Academic research can provide a space for focusing on marginalized voices and experiences, which allows us to re-assess everyday assumptions that we make as individuals and as a society about who/what counts as normal and desirable.”