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Dr. Irina Turner

Faculty of Languages & Literatures
African Linguistics I

Irina Turner is Assistant Professor at African Linguistics I (Afrikanistik I). After some years in public administration and private business in South Africa and Germany, she feels home in the academia again.

She teaches writing and speaking in various contexts as well as interdisciplinary courses at the intersection of text, media, image, and sign in methods and theory.

Her interdisciplinary research interest is the role of language in the South African society and beyond: What do people do with language and what does language do to people?

Academic Work

Academic Degrees

  • 2013 Doctorate: English Linguistics, Bayreuth International School of African Studies (BIGSAS), University of Bayreuth; Disputation: July 2013 (Dr. phil. Summa cum laude); Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Susanne Mühleisen. Mentors: Prof. Dr. Keyan G. Tomaselli, Prof. Dr. Gabriele Sommer
  • 2008 Master of Arts: Media Theory and Practice, University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Dr. Andre Wiesner
  • 2005 Diplom-Kulturarbeiterin (FH) (Qualified Arts Manager); Supervisors: Prof.Nicola Lepp; Dr. Rita Schäfer

Professional Background

5/2014 – 4/2020Assistant Professor (fixed-term) (Akademische Rätin a.Zt.) (fixed-term); African Linguistics I, University of Bayreuth
10/2012 – 4/2014

Research Associate, Institute of African Linguistics I, University of Bayreuth

2/2011 – 6/2012

Head of Personnel and Assistant to the Director, SR Webatex GmbH, Bayreuth

5/2009 – 1/2011International Office Staff Member, University of Bayreuth
6/2008 – 4/2009Employment Agency Staff Member, Bayreuth
1/2007 – 3/2008

Client Liaison Agent DTP Services, Pixelfaerie Visual Services, Cape Town


  • 2017                      Trainer for Intercultural Communication
  • 2015                      DAAD Short-term lecturer at Fort Hare University, South Africa
  • 2013                      Reviewer for Critical Arts: South – North Cultural and Media                                          Studies
Dr. Irina Turner

Faculty of Languages & Literatures
African Linguistics I

  • Sociology and Political Economy of Language / Sociolinguistics
  • Language Politics and Policies in South Africa: focus isiXhosa
  • Decolonization of Higher Education
Dr. Irina Turner

Faculty of Languages & Literatures
African Linguistics I



Turner, Irina
Comprehending Gender Issues Through Photography? : a South African Case Study
Saarbrücken : VDM, 2008

Complete issue of a journal

The cultural economy of contemporary aesthetic production : a focus on the breach between text and context
publ: Turner, Irina; Tchokothe, Rémi Armand
Critical Arts : South-North Cultural and Media Studies vol. 29 (2015) issue 4
doi:10.1080/02560046.2015.1078537 ...

Article in a journal (peer-reviewed)

Turner, Irina
A matter of choice? : the Role of English and isiXhosa for University Graduates in their Early Careers
in Modern Africa vol. 3 (2015) issue 2. - pp. 43-74

Article in a book (peer-reviewed)

Turner, Irina
The Changing State of the South African Nation : political Proximity to Business from a Rhetorical Perspective
In: Olorunnisola, Anthony A. ; Douai, Aziz (ed.): New Media Influence on Social and Political Change in Africa - Hershey: IGI Global, 2013. - pp. 168-186

Turner, Irina
Opposing the Developmental State online : how do South Africans make use of online platforms to challenge government’s macroeconomic strategies?
In: Bakhit, Mohamed A. G. ; Turner, Irina ; Narh, Peter ; Alemu, Girum Getachew ; Boger, Julia ; Brinkmann, Felix (ed.): Challenging notions of development and change from everyday life in Africa - Bayreuth: Inst. für Afrikastudien, 2013. - pp. 22-48 . - (Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers; 11)


Turner, Irina
Cap, Piotr ; Okulska, Urszula (eds): Analyzing Genres in Political Communication. Amsterdam, 2013
Discourse & Society
doi:10.1177/0957926515578966e ...

Doctoral thesis

Turner, Irina
The State of the Nation : "businification" of political rhetoric in post-apartheid South Africa
Berlin, LIT, 2015. - 368 pp. (thesis, 2013, Universität Bayreuth, Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies - BIGSAS)

Dr. Irina Turner

Faculty of Languages & Literatures
African Linguistics I

Dr. Irina Turner
Assistant Professor, African Linguistics I

University of Bayreuth 
Literatures in African languages 
95440 Bayreuth 
Room: 1.08 (GW I)
Fax: +49 (0)921 / 55-3641

Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-3558
E-mail: irina.turner@uni-bayreuth.de

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