Jane Wilkinson

jane wilkinson

Dr Jane Wilkinson

Lecturer

Biography

I joined the Tourism and Languages group within the Business School at Edinburgh Napier University as Lecturer in Languages and Intercultural Communication (German) in January 2019 and became Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) in Languages and Intercultural Communication in August 2019. I previously worked at the universities of Leeds, Aberystwyth and Lancaster after completing a PhD in German Studies at the University of Glasgow.

My research interests and expertise lie in the broad areas of border studies, migration and intercultural communication. My current research project, 'Representations of Migration and 'Post-Migration' in Recent German-Language Drama', explores thematic and aesthetic responses to migration to and settlement in (West) Germany and Austria from the 1960s to the current day. Using theories of borders and hospitality, I look at dramatic and theatrical engagement with both the 'guest worker' era of temporary labour migration in the 1960s and 1970s, which led to the long-term settlement of many people from southern Europe and north Africa, and the more recent arrival of refugees from Africa and the Middle East. I am a member of Edinburgh Napier's Mobilities and Movement Research Network (MMRN).

I recently published a chapter on 'The Intercultural Speaker' for the 2nd edition of the Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication, edited by Jane Jackson (2020).

I am currently supervising 3 PhD students working on interculturality, mindfulness and migration; translation markets in the UK and the EU; and language planning in ethnic minority areas (see postgrad tab for details of their projects).

I lead and teach on postgraduate modules in intercultural communication and on undergraduate modules in intercultural communication, translation and German language.

I am a fellow of the HEA.

Esteem

Conference Activity

  • Interculturality in a Precarious Future

 

Editorial Activity

  • Co-editor with John O'Regan and Mike Robinson of 'Travelling Languages: Culture, Communication and Translation in a Mobile World' - special issue of Language and Intercultural Communication (2011) and book version (2014)
  • Member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Language and Intercultural Communication

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the HEA

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Reviewer of Grant Proposals for the FNR - Luxembourg National Research Fund
  • Reviewer of Grant Proposals for the GACR - Czech Science Foundation

 

Invited Speaker

  • 'Rewriting(s) in Post-Migrant Theatre' - talk at symposium on 'Post-Migrant Theatre in / from Germany' at the University of Edinburgh

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of the Association of Borderland Studies
  • Member of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural communication
  • Member of Women in German Studies

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • External Examiner for PhD 'Representations of Germany and its people in Maltese GFL learning contexts', George Cremona, Institute of Education, University College London

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewer for Routledge Handbooks Series
  • Reviewer for Journal of Multicultural Discourses
  • Occasional Reviewer for the German Quarterly
  • Occasional Reviewer for the Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change
  • Regular Reviewer for the Journal of Language and Intercultural Communication

 

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Breaking down disciplinary walls: redefining the teaching of Translation for Intercultural Dialogue

Presentation / Conference
Penman, C., & Wilkinson, J. (2021, May)
Breaking down disciplinary walls: redefining the teaching of Translation for Intercultural Dialogue. Paper presented at Breaking down the walls of Babel: dialogues in translation, University of Warwick
The study of translation is experiencing a revival and a transformation as recognition of its pedagogical value beyond the training of future translators grows. Training in tr...

From native to intercultural speaker and beyond: intercultural (communicative) competence in foreign language education

Book Chapter
Wilkinson, J. (2020)
From native to intercultural speaker and beyond: intercultural (communicative) competence in foreign language education. In The Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication. (2nd). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003036210
This updated chapter offers a critical re-evaluation of the concepts ‘intercultural speaker’ and ‘intercultural (communicative) competence’ in the light of developments in the...

Rewriting 'Selves' and 'Others' in 'Postmigrant' Theatre

Presentation / Conference
Wilkinson, J. (2019, November)
Rewriting 'Selves' and 'Others' in 'Postmigrant' Theatre. Paper presented at Translating Cultures, Cultures in Translation (19th Annual Conference of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication), Universitat de València, Spain
The last decade has witnessed a proliferation of German-language plays engaging with stories of migration. After a relatively slow ‘trickle’ of plays narrating the experiences...

Migration, Borders and Hospitality in Recent German-Language Drama

Presentation / Conference
Wilkinson, J. (2019, May)
Migration, Borders and Hospitality in Recent German-Language Drama. Paper presented at 'Getting Stuck... Moving On...': Migration and Mobilities Research Network Annual Conference 2019

Dialogicity, monologicity and the crisis of hospitality in Elfriede Jelinek's Die Schutzbefohlenen.

Journal Article
Wilkinson, J. (2019)
Dialogicity, monologicity and the crisis of hospitality in Elfriede Jelinek's Die Schutzbefohlenen. Austrian Studies, 26, 91-105
This article argues that the combination of dialogicity, monologicity and polyphony in Jelinek’s play Die Schutzbefohlenen [Charges] serves to present Austria and the EU’s so-...

Narratives of Hospitality: Elfriede Jelinek’s Die Schutzbefohlenen

Presentation / Conference
Wilkinson, J. (2017, August)
Narratives of Hospitality: Elfriede Jelinek’s Die Schutzbefohlenen. Paper presented at Austria in Transit. Displacement and the Nation State. Cultural Responses in the Austrian Context

'Postmigrant' Theatre as ‘Third Space’

Presentation / Conference
Wilkinson, J. (2017, June)
'Postmigrant' Theatre as ‘Third Space’. Paper presented at Interrogating the 'Third Space': Negotiating Meaning and Performing 'Culture’, 17th International Conference of the Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication

‘At the Germany Door’: Germany and the EU as ‘Gated Community’ in the Plays of Emine Sevgi Özdamar

Presentation / Conference
Wilkinson, J. (2017, February)
‘At the Germany Door’: Germany and the EU as ‘Gated Community’ in the Plays of Emine Sevgi Özdamar. Paper presented at Unsettling Communities: Minor, Minority and Small Literatures in Europe

Rewriting(s) in Postmigrant Theatre

Presentation / Conference
Wilkinson, J. (2015, May)
Rewriting(s) in Postmigrant Theatre. Presented at Postmigrant Theatre from/in Germany

Travelling Languages: Culture, Communication and Translation in a Mobile World

Book
(2014)
Travelling Languages: Culture, Communication and Translation in a Mobile World
Based on the commonly held assumption that we now live in a world that is ‘on the move’, with growing opportunities for both real and virtual travel and the blurring of bounda...

Current Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Jade Douglas: Reclaiming the Local and Person(al) in Memory: The Articulation of Traumatic Legacies in Minority German-Language Literature
  • Richard Boffey: 'Fixpünkte des "antitotalitären Konsenses"? The Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen memorials, Germany's "double past", and cultural memory in the Berlin Republic.’
  • Anja Henebury: ‘Engagement and authenticity: Poetics and politics in the late works of Martin Walser and Gunter Grass’