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Marta Wilczek-Watson

Overview

person name Position: Postgraduate Researcher Email: WilczekMM@cf.ac.uk
Area: Centre for Language and Communication Research

PhD Research

Metacultural performances of Self and Other during transnational celebratory events (working title)

I am conducting research on discursive construction of identity in transnational contact. Specifically I explore how members in transnational families (Polish-British) negotiate their culinary practices during various socio-cultural celebrations. My data comprise of video-recordings of such celebratory events as well as semi-structured interviews with the participants. In my qualitative, multimodal analysis I focus on how through seemingly trivial food talk transnationals can manifest their subject positions, potentially reconstructing their multiple identities. 

Supervisor: Dr Frances Rock, Dr Chris Heffer

Academic Background

School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University, Wales (2010 – present)

Ph.D. in Language and Communication Research (part-time)
Ph.D. project title: Metacultural Performances of Self and Other during Transnational Celebratory Events

School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University, Wales (2009 – 2010

M.A. in Language and Communication Research
M.A. project title: Discourses of Belonging and Mobility – Space and Place in Dinner Talk of Young Professionals

Institute of English Philology, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University of Lublin, Poland (1999 – 2006)

B.A. and M.A. in English Philology (specialism in Linguistics)
M.A. project title: Proverbs and Productivity in English and Polish: Relational Network Approach

Conferences, Symposia and Seminars

July 2013 – ran a data session at the Ethnography, Language and Communication Summer School, King’s College London; the presentation title: Jocular abuse of the culinary Other: building a ‘third space’ through ‘othering’

May 2013 – Centre for Language and Communication Research Annual Postgraduate Conference, Cardiff University (presenter and chair); the presentation title: ‘I thought I would make something British...’ – When the Other becomes Self
February 2013 – Postgraduate Research Presentation, Cardiff University (presenter); the presentation title: ‘We are making it really Polish style this time ... – Self-exoticising versus Self-othering in Transnational Food Talk
May 2012 Centre for Language and Communication Research Annual Postgraduate Conference, Cardiff University (presenter and chair); the presentation title: ‘What’s the Polish obsession about...’ – Stancetaking and Metaculture in Culinary Talk

April 2012 – Place to Plate: New Connections in Food Research Interdisciplinary Conference, Cardiff University (presenter); presentation title: Food Rituals: Metacultural Performances of Self and Other during a Transnational Christmas Meal

Teaching

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (October 2013)

Postgraduate Tutor, Cardiff University, Wales (October 2011 – September 2013)

Taught Introduction to Human Communication and Introduction to Media Communication modules to undergraduate students in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy
Completed the Learning to Teach in Higher Education module at School of English, Communication and Philosophy (Distinction)

Citizenship Teacher, Fairfield High School, Bristol (March 2011 – July 2011)        

Taught Citizenship across Years 7–9

English as an Additional Language Teacher (EAL), Fairfield High School, Bristol (December 2008 – August 2010)               

Taught EAL across Years 7–11

English as an Additional Language Teacher (EAL), St. Mary Redcliffe Primary School, Bristol (November 2007 – August 2008)

Taught EAL across Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and 2

Polish Language Tutor, Bristol University, Bristol (October 2007 – December 2009)

Taught Polish as a foreign language to adults

Polish and English Language Tutor, Berlitz Centre, Bristol (June 2007 – September 2009)

Taught ‘total immersion’ courses in Polish and English to adults and teenagers

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS),

General Teaching Council for England (June 2007)

Links

https://cardiff.academia.edu/MartaWilczekWatson