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Dr. Irina Turner Dr. Irina Turner
Dr. Irina Turner

Faculty of Languages & Literatures
African Linguistics I


Irina Turner is Assistant Professor at African Linguistics I (Afrikanistik I).

She teaches about multilingual communication in various contexts and genres as well as interdisciplinary courses at the intersection of text, media, image, and sign in methods and theory.

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

She is a member of the Research Group on Africa, Philosophy and Digital Technologies (APDiT)

Academic Degrees

2013Doctorate: 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

2014 – Present

Assistant Professor (fixed-term) (Akademische Rätin a.Zt.) (fixed-term); African Linguistics I, University of Bayreuth

2012 – 2014

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

2011 – 2012Head of Personnel and Assistant to the Director, SR Webatex GmbH, Bayreuth

2009 – 2011

International Office Staff Member, University of Bayreuth

2008 – 2009

Employment Agency Staff Member, Bayreuth

2007 – 2008

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


Academic Engagement

  • Member of the Steering Committee Institute of African Studies (IAS)
  • Editorial Board Newsletter of the Bayreuth Institute of African Studies NAB
  • Jury-Member of BIGSAS Journalism Award (since 2015)
  • Editorial Member of African Journal of Rhetoric
  • Trainer for Intercultural Communication
  • DAAD Short-term lecturer at Fort Hare University, South Africa (2015-2018)
  • Reviewer for Critical Arts: South – North Cultural and Media Studies
  • Reviewer for Modern Africa: Politics, History and Society                            
Dr. Irina Turner

Faculty of Languages & Literatures
African Linguistics I


  • Sociology and Political Economy of Language / Sociolinguistics
  • Pragmatic and Semiotic Dimensions of Multilingual Mediated Communication
  • Language Politics and Policies in South Africa: Focus isiXhosa
  • Decolonization of Higher Education
  • Decolonial Science Communication: Astrophysics
Dr. Irina Turner

Faculty of Languages & Literatures
African Linguistics I


Publications

Book/Monograph

Decolonisation of Higher Education in Africa : Perspectives from Hybrid Knowledge Producti ...
publ: Brahima, Abraham; Turner, Irina; Woldegioris, Emnet Tadesse
London ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020. - 244 pp. . - (Routledge Contemporary Africa Series)
doi:10.4324/9780429355288 ...

Turner, Irina
The State of the Nation : "businification" of political rhetoric in post-apartheid South A ...
Berlin : LIT, 2015. - 368 pp. . - (Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung; 60)

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 ...
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
As far as the eye can see : Urban bias in South African linguistic research
in Sociolinguistic Studies vol. 14 (2020) issue 3. - pp. 257-275
doi:10.1558/sols.38789 ...

Turner, Irina
Axing the Rainbow : does Fallism Reconfigure Post-apartheid Nationhood in South Africa?
in Modern Africa vol. 7 (2019) issue 1. - pp. 81-110
doi:10.26806/modafr.v7i1.244 ...

Turner, Irina; Tchokothe, Rémi Armand
Editorial: The cultural economy of contemporary aesthetic production : a focus on the brea ...
in Critical Arts : South-North Cultural and Media Studies vol. 29 (2015) issue 4. - pp. 437-445
doi:10.1080/02560046.2015.1078537 ...

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

Article in a book (peer-reviewed)

Brahima, Abraham; Turner, Irina; Woldegiorgis, Emnet Tadesse
Epilogue : A long way towards a decolonial future in African higher education
In: Brahima, Abraham ; Turner, Irina ; Woldegiorgis, Emnet Tadesse (ed.): Decolonisation of Higher Education in Africa : Perspectives from Hybrid Knowledge Production - London ; New York, NY: Routledge, 2020. - pp. 230-240 . - (Routledge Contemporary Africa Series)
doi:10.4324/9780429355288 ...

Turner, Irina
What is the point of studying Africa in Europe? : A micro-ethnographic study of decolonisi ...
In: Brahima, Abraham ; Turner, Irina ; Woldegiorgis, Emnet T. (ed.): Decolonisation of Higher Education in Africa : Perspectives from Hybrid Knowledge Production - London ; New York, NY: Routledge, 2020. - pp. 78-99 . - (Routledge Contemporary Africa Series)
doi:10.4324/9780429355288 ...

Turner, Irina
The Changing State of the South African Nation : political Proximity to Business from a Rh ...
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 platfor ...
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)
https://epub.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/113

Review

Turner, Irina
Cap, Piotr ; Okulska, Urszula (eds): Analyzing Genres in Political Communication. Amsterda ...
Discourse & Society
2015
doi:10.1177/0957926515578966e ...

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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