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Our staff

The NSC has a director, five permanent members of academic staff and two members of administrative staff.  We are also fortunate to have a number of experienced associate staff who also provide teaching on some of our courses.  You can find out more about who we are either by clicking on the relevant name below, or simply scrolling down the page.

The Director

Director Kjetil Myskja

Academic staff

Dr Terry Hathaway

Prof. Gweno Williams

Dr Megan Roughley

Dr Lalita Murty

Dr Beck Sinar

Administrative staff

Felicity Jones

Michelle Rowland

Associate staff

Dr Jonathan Brockbank

Dr Jon Fyne

Professor Matthew Feldman


Director Kjetil Myskja
Director

Email: nsc-director@york.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1904 32 3239
Office: QUH/009

Kjetil Myskja has held the position of Director of the Norwegian Study Centre from August 2020. He has a varied background in teaching, research and development, with interests including:

  • English grammar (in itself and in a TEFL perspective)
  • English phonetics and intonation (in itself and in a TEFL perspective)
  • Varieties of English, synchronically and diachronically
  • Translation studies and practical translation, with focus on literary translation

He also has background within academic administration, as head of the Department of English, and later head of the merged Department of Language and Literature at Volda University College, Norway. He has a long relationship with the NSC, being a member of the Norwegian Study Centre board from 2008 to 2015, and its Chair from 2011 to 2015.

Career

  • Director, The Norwegian Study Centre (August 2020 – the present)
  • Associate Professor, Volda University College (2011 – 2020)
  • ‘Førstelektor’ degree awarded (2011)
  • Teaching fellow, Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Educational Studies for Norwegian Teachers, University of Newcastle (2004 – 2006)
  • Assistant Professor, Volda University College (1996 – 2011)
  • Lektor in several Norwegian Upper Secondary Schools (1986 – 1996)
  • Candidatus Philologiae (MA+) University of Trondheim (1986)
  • Candidatus Magisterii (BA+) University of Trondheim (1981)

Recent publications

‘Språkhandlingar og Språkhandlingsverb’ with Professor Tor Arne Haugen, Norsk Lingvistisk Tidsskrift 2017

He is currently working on a translation of Coleridge's 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' and Browning's 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came' into Norwegian.

 

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Dr. Terry Hathaway
YorkCourse Coordinator and Web Coordinator

Email: terry.hathaway@york.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1904 32 3237
Office
: QUH/008

Terry has worked at the NSC since 2015. He teaches on a wide variety of subjects, including:

  • Education policy and its links to pedagogy
  • Current Affairs in the UK and US
  • The art of political manipulation
  • Globalisation and its discontents
  • Local through to global political economy

His approach to teaching is founded in radicalism – that is, his approach is centred on contextualising what is within a broader framework of the fundamental meaning and purpose of things.

Scholarship and Research Activity

Terry’s recent focus has been on writing a book concerning the corporation and its political, social, and economic power. Part of this project has involved constructing the conceptual foundations of an approach to political economy that is inclusive of law, with law often working as a counterpoint to political and economic discourse. Recent publications, some of which are spin-offs from this project, include:

  • Hathaway T. (2020) Neoliberalism as Corporate Power. Competition & Change. 24(3-4):315-337. doi:10.1177/1024529420910382
  • Hathaway, T. (2018). Corporate Power Beyond the Political Arena: The case of the ‘Big Three’ and CAFE Standards. Business and Politics, 20(1): 1-37. doi:10.1017/bap.2016.12
  • Hathaway T. (2016) Lukes Reloaded: An Actor-Centred Three-Dimensional Power Framework. Politics. 36(2):118-130. doi:10.1111/1467-9256.12099 (winner of the 2016 Politics prize for best publication)

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Professor Gweno Williams

Email: gweno.williams@york.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1904 32 4611

Office: QUH/006

Gweno holds an Emeritus Professorship from York St John University where she was Professor of English and Academic Head of C4C Collaborating for Creativity, a HEFCE-funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Research and teaching interests include literature in English in the Norwegian curriculum, early modern literature, particularly drama by women and Shakespeare, women’s writing, and contemporary YA fiction. Publications include Literature for the English Classroom: Theory into Practice (Fagbokforlaget, Norway) The first edition (2013) was co-edited with Anna Birketveit of HVL Bergen, the second edition (forthcoming March 2021) is co-edited with Anita Normann of NTNU. Gweno has also published extensively on early modern drama by women; her academic DVD Margaret Cavendish: Plays in Performance (2006) was awarded the international SSEMW Media Prize. 

Gweno has had a long and happy academic connection with the NSC and Norway. She joined the permanent NSC staff team in 2013, teaching literature and pedagogy, following regular guest lectures on literature, drama, film. She first lectured for the NSC (at Micklegate House) in 1982. She was Visiting Professor at NTNU for two years teaching on the MA programme. She has given guest lectures and spoken at conferences at Norwegian HEIs including Oslo, Bergen, NTNU, Agder, UiT, Halden. She recently co-supervised a PhD awarded at INN University in Hamar; the first co-supervision in partnership with the NSC.

Other international partnerships and teaching include a Fulbright year in the California State University system, a Visiting Professorship at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and recent Erasmus teaching visits to the Universities of Aarhus, Bologna and Lund. Gweno was NSC Project Co-ordinator for the DIKU-funded 2018-19 applied Intercultural research project with HVL Bergen and 2 York schools.

Gweno was awarded a UK National Teaching Fellowship in 2002; she is committed to interactive learning as a key element in successful classroom pedagogy. She is passionate about the importance of literature and theatre in culture and society. She introduced and co-ordinated the Royal Literary Fund Writer in Residence scheme at York St John, and regularly supports Yorkshire Literature Festivals by interviewing contemporary writers and chairing literary events.

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Dr Megan Roughley

Email: meg.roughley@york.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1904 32 4610
Office
: QUH/002

BA & MA (University of British Columbia), DPhil (University of York)

Current research interests: Race Relations in the UK; History of Racism; Modern/Post-Modern Literatures; Critical Theory; Children's Literature.

Meg has been with the NSC since 1998, having previously taught in universities in Canada, Australia and in the UK in the areas of Literatures in English, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies.  Her current research interests are in 'race' relations in Britain and in literature by British writers of colour and working-class writers.  She is working on a series of blogs on the 'whiteness' of Children's Literature and gathering material for a book on using Critical Literacy and fiction by writers of colour in the classroom.

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Dr Lalita Murty

Email: lalita.murty@york.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1904 32 3240
Office
: QUH/007

I joined the Norwegian Study Centre in September 2003 after holding a 2-year research position in the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands. I was a lecturer in Applied Linguistics at a teacher training institute in India (1991-1996) before I came to the UK to study for a MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading. Following my Masters, I won the Sheffield University-Sheffield Hallam University Joint Research Studentship to study for a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield.

At the NSC, I teach modules on

  • Discourse Analysis using an SFL approach
  • Global Englishes
  • Language and Culture

Scholarship and Research

I am interested in researching topics in Global Englishes especially Indian English in the workplace. My recent research work has focused on the areas of Cognitive Linguistics and Global Englishes and I have published in both areas. My current research project focuses on the iconicity in reduplications in Telugu, a Dravidian language. Recent publications include a chapter on iconicity in ideophones and a chapter on the role of Global Englishes in developing intercultural awareness in the Norwegian school curriculum.

International Partnerships and Teaching

I have been involved in a number of international projects.

  • In 2013 I was invited to create online materials for a masters level module titled ‘Spoken Word Recognition’ for the UGC (UCG e-PG Pathshala, India ).
  • I was invited to teach at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages (ILOS) at the University of Oslo in Autumn 2014.
  • Member and school liaison in the successful 2-year DIKU-funded NOTED collaborative internationalisation applied research project between HVL, the Norwegian Study Centre at the University of York, and 2 York primary schools (2018, 2019, https://www.hvl.no/en/project/616010/).
  • Invited external partner in an externally-funded applied interdisciplinary research project with the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) on Cross Disciplinary Research in Literacy(2021-2025)
  • External examiner for UG courses at the University of INN (2021-2023)

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Dr Beck Sinar

Director of Studies, Staff Representative and NSC Board Member

Email: beck.sinar@york.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1904 32 3238
Office
: QUH/003

Beck Sinar has been with the Norwegian Study Centre since finishing her PhD in historical linguistics in 2006. Her teaching and research interests are many and varied, including:

  • Language and Identity (including gender, 'Race', social class)
  • Language Variation and Change, including dialectology
  • Old and Middle English Language and Literature
  • History of English, especially the influence of Old Norse
  • Using Literature to teach Language, Linguistics and Culture. 

She particularly enjoys creative approaches to teaching language and linguistics such as utilising modern popular culture, such as HBO's Game of Thrones and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, to illustrate past and present linguistic variation and change and as corpus materials for qualitative and quantitative study. She is presenting this approach at ISLE  'Evolving English and the Digital Age' (University of Eastern Finland, 2nd-5th June 2021).

Career

Lecturer, Norwegian Study Centre (2006 - present)

PhD in Linguistics, University of York (2002-2006)

MA in Syntax and Semantics, University of York (2001-2002)

BA in Linguistics with Literature, University of York (1997-2001)

Scholarship and Research Activity

Recent scholarship and research activity has mostly centered around applying linguistics to literature in the classroom as a means to promote linguistic and cultural awareness and tolerance, and to promote critical literacy.  This includes:

  • Murty, L. & B. Sinar (Forthcoming March 2021) 'Global Englishes, Diverse Voices' in Williams, G and A. Normann (eds.) Literature for the English Classroom (2nd Edition)  Fagbokforlaget, Oslo. 
  • Vicary, T., L. Murty, B. Sinar, A. Normann, M. Pande-Rolfsen & G. Williams (forthcoming March 2021) 'Reading for Everyone'  in Williams, G and A. Normann (eds.) Literature for the English Classroom (2nd Edition)  Fagbokforlaget, Oslo. 
  • Sinar, B. (2018). ‘Promoting metalinguistic awareness in a classroom to improve reading comprehension: Examples from Roald Dahl’s novel The BFG’. Acta Didactica Norge, 12(2), Art. 11, 22 sider. https://doi.org/10.5617/adno.5605.

International Partnerships and Teaching

  • Invited external partner in an externally-funded applied interdisciplinary research project with the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) on Cross Disciplinary Research in Literacy (2021-2025)
  • External examiner for UG and PG courses at the Universities of NTNU (2015-2017, 2019-2020), HVL (2019-), and INN (2021-).
  • Member and school liaison in the successful 2-year DIKU-funded NOTED collaborative internationalisation applied research project between HVL, the Norwegian Study Centre at the University of York, and 2 York primary schools (2018, 2019, https://www.hvl.no/en/project/616010/).
  • Guest lectures and invited research presentations at UiO, NTNU, UiA, HVL, and Halden.

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Felicity Jones
Full-time office manager

Email: felicity.jones@york.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1904 32 4612
Office
: QUH/017

Felicity is the office manager. She is responsible for departmental finances, purchasing, school visits, and many other “bits and bobs”. She organises accommodation for the YorkCourse students and together with the NSC Director and YorkCourse Coordinator administers the YorkCourse and MA courses.

A music graduate of Bretton Hall College (Leeds University), she is a keen amateur musician. In her spare time she plays in several York amateur orchestras: York Guildhall Orchestra, Academy of St Olave's, York Symphony Orchestra, a couple of chamber ensembles and sings in the village choir.

She and her husband Peter have two cats called Inca and Maya. 

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Michelle Rowland

Email: michelle.rowland@york.ac.uk

Michelle is the Short Course Administrator at the NSC. A graduate of Spanish, she studied at Trinity & All Saints College, Leeds (University of Leeds).  She has worked in a variety of different administrative and customer service roles as well as working abroad. Originally from Sheffield, she moved to York in 2010 to work at the University, where she's held a variety of different support roles in various departments. Outside of work Michelle enjoys cycling, going to the theatre, attending creative workshops to learn new skills, screen printing and working towards an Access to HE Art & Design course which she hopes to complete in 2021.

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Dr Jonathan Brockbank

Part-time tutor, Department of English and Related Literature

Email: jbn4@york.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1904 32 4572
Office
: L/D/201a (Langwith College, D block)

Dr Jonathan Brockbank has worked short-term contracts for the since 1985, lecturing and teaching on various modules including Approaches to Literature, Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, Romantics, Seventeenth Century & Victorians.

He currently provides the seminars and tutorials for the English Literature component of our YorkCourse programm.  He also takes our students on a special 'literary tour of York' related to the module he is teaching.

 

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Dr Jon Fyne

Jon is a linguistics tutor and also sits on the Council of the Yorkshire Dialect Society; his research interests include Dialectology, Sociolinguistics, The History and Development of the English Language and Historical Linguistics – he is currently writing a book on the place-names of Sheffield.

 

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Professor Matthew Feldman

Professor Matthew Feldman teaches at the Norwegian Study Centre, and is a Visiting Professor at Richmond, the American International University in London. He works on cultural and political radicalism in the US and Europe since World War One. He has published more than 20 books and more than 40 book chapters or articles on these subjects, including monographs on Ezra Pound and Samuel Beckett. His second collection of essays is due out in 2019, and he is currently completing a book for Oxford University Press on Samuel Beckett’s interwar ‘Philosophy Notes’. He co-edits the Wiley-Blackwell’s online journal, Modern Ideologies and Faith and, with Professor Erik Tonning, edits two Bloomsbury book series, Historicizing Modernism and Modernist Archives.

Matthew is also a specialist on fascist ideology and radical right extremism, and directs the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right. He has appeared as an expert witness in several high-profile cases involving neo-Nazi terrorists, and has appeared before various national and international bodies, including the Home Affairs Select Committee and the Council of Europe. His work has also extended to submitting evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Anti-Semitism, and on Islamophobia, alongside consultation for various UK police constabularies; House of Lords and House of Commons debates; DCLG; the Ministry of Justice; the Home Office and other bodies. His recent policy engagement also focusses upon Islamoprejudice – notably in three of the first empirical reports on anti-Muslim hate crimes for Faith Matters (2013-5) – alongside contributions on post-‘Brexit’ racism and ‘Islamophobia’. He has also appeared in more than 700 radio and television programmes to discuss fascism, the radical right extremism, and self-activating terrorism.

 

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