Dr Maria Dasli

Programme Director: MSc TESOL / Lecturer in TESOL

Background

Dr Maria Dasli is Lecturer in TESOL at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh. Before her arrival at the University of Edinburgh she worked as a Research Assistant in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at the University of Exeter and after that as Lecturer in Languages and Intercultural Communication at Edinburgh Napier University where she latterly became programme leader of the MSc Intercultural Business Communication, and the MSc Intercultural Business Communication with TESOL. From 2011 to 2015, she was Co-Director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES).

Qualifications

  • BA English Language Teaching (University of Stirling)
  • MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (University of Stirling)
  • MA Sociolinguistics (University of Essex)
  • PhD Education (University of Exeter)
  • PgCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Edinburgh Napier University)   

Responsibilities & affiliations

From 2008 to 2013, Maria acted as Membership Secretary & Treasurer of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) where she  also held an Advisory Committee role from 2013 to 2016. She sits on the Linguistics Research Committee at the Centre for Global NonKilling (CGNK) and is a member of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), and the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA). She is also Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Maria is Reviews and Criticism Editor of the SSCI listed journal Language and Intercultural Communication, and an Editorial Board Member of Pedagogy, Culture & Society. She is a regular reviewer for a number of international journals.

Postgraduate teaching

Semester 1:

  • TESOL Methodology (Course Organiser)

Semester 2:

  • Language and Culture Pedagogy (Course Organiser) 

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Areas of interest for supervision

I welcome expressions of interest from potential research students in the areas listed in the research tab.

Current PhD students supervised

Jagdeep Gill: Language Learner Identity Formation through English as a Medium of Instruction in India.

Sarah Jane Ruth Treloar: Language Learner Identity Formation through Interaction Online.

 

Past PhD students supervised

Michele Saraiva Carilo: Intercultural Language Education Policy for Portuguese as a Foreign Language. 

Sumera Umrani: English Language Learner Identity in Post-Colonial Pakistan.

Research summary

Maria's interests primarily concern the 'languaging' of intercultures, a term that refers to the discursive practices by which local, national and supranational discourse communities re-invent their cultures and identities in the process of transforming the transnational public arena into a terrain of openness, understanding and humanity. To understand how different discourse communities progress towards a transformational response, her research focuses on critical intercultural language pedagogies which aim to reinstate the possibilities of being and becoming for language learners while providing ample spaces within which they will be able to define and realise their needs.

Against this background, she investigates the two modalities of intercultural communication as manifested by Area Studies modules developed within the context of political education and offered by British tertiary institutions. The first, which is informed from the discipline of anthropology, concerns the ways by which learners of modern languages re-theorise their assumptions about a culture while engaging in ethnographic encounters with the other during their Year Abroad. The second, which is informed from the discipline of sociology, focuses on the ways by which (advanced) learners of English re-theorise their assumptions about the cultures of Britain while attending British Studies modules derived from the British Council's pedagogic agenda.

Project activity

Projects:

  • 2013/14: Re-imagining intercultural dialogue through 'Connecting Cultures' (Project funded by Seedcorn, University of Edinburgh, £1000).
  • 2010/11: British Studies, Cultural Studies, Intercultural Communication: Incommensurable Disciplines? (Project funded by Edinburgh Napier University, £1560.72).
  • 2009/10: The organisation of the 1st Symposium of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC). 'Re-imagining the intercultural speaker in language education'.
  • 2008/09: Developing intercultural competence for language students in UK higher education (Project funded by Edinburgh Napier University, £1279).

Recent Conference Papers:

  • Dasli, M. (2019). UNESCO Guidelines on Intercultural Education: A Deconstructive Reading. Second UNESCO Spring School, "The Arts of Integrating: Labouring and Resting", 1-3 May, 2019, University of Glasgow & Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, Scotland, UK. 
  • Dasli, M. & Diaz, A. (2016). The Critical Turn in Language and Intercultural Communication Pedagogy: Book Launch. International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC). 16th Annual Conference, "Bridging across Languages and Cultures in Everyday Lives: New Roles for Changing Scenarios", 25-27 Nov, 2016, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Dasli, M. (2016). Language and Intercultural Communication Pedagogy between Tolerance and Hospitality. International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC). 16th Annual Conference, "Bridging across Languages and Cultures in Everyday Lives: New Roles for Changing Scenarios", 25-27 Nov, 2016, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Dasli, M. (2015). Tolerance and Hospitality in Intercultural Education Initiatives. Paper Delivered at "The Stubborn Persistence of Racism: Confronting Racial Inequality through Education and Action" Conference, 24th-26th June, 2015, Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES), The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
  • Dasli, M. & Diaz, A. (2014). Tracing the Trajectory of the Critical Turn in Intercultural Communication Pedagogy. 47th BAAL Annual Conference "Learning, Working and Communicating in a Global Context", 4-6 Sep., 2014, University of Warwick, England, UK.
  • Dasli, M. (2013). Counter-Stories as Acts of Resistance: Towards an Understanding of Whiteness through Black Talk. 46th BAAL Annual Conference, "Opening New Lines of Communication in Applied Linguistics", 5-7 Sep. 2013, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, UK.
  • Dasli, M. (2013). Re-thinking Everyday Racism: Towards an Understanding of Prejudiced Discourse. Paper Delivered at the "Interweaving: Connecting Educational Research Within, Across and Between Perspectives" Conference, 4th September, 2013, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
  • Dasli, M. (2013). Storytelling Whiteness: An Analysis of the Linguistic Strategies Used to Recount Experiences of Whiteness and White People. Paper Delivered at the "Racism and Anti-Racism through Education and Community Practice: An International Exchange" Conference, 26th-28th June, 2013, Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES), The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
  • Dasli, M. (2012). British Studies as a Vehicle for Cross-Cultural Awareness: Pitfalls, Paradoxes and Possibilities. International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC). 11th Annual Conference, "Intercultural Dialogue: Current Challenges/Future Directions", 30th Nov. - 2nd Dec., 2012, Durham University, England, UK.
  • Dasli, M. (2012). Internationalisation, British Studies and Intercultural Learning: Are Pedagogic Practices Sufficient for Cross-Cultural Understanding? Paper delivered at the "Supporting Internationalisation through Languages and Culture in the 21st Century University" Conference, 19-20 July, 2012, University of Central Lancashire, England, UK.  
  • Dasli, M. (2011). British Studies, Cultural Studies, Intercultural Communication: Incommensurable Disciplines? Unpublished paper delivered at the 4th Annual Research Conference, "The Sustainability Challenge: Promoting Strategic Organisational Growth", 17-18 May, 2011, The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK.
  • Dasli, M. (2010). Speaking the Language of Possibility: Consensus, Dissonance and Critical Self-Consciousness. International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC). 10th Annual Conference, "Travelling Languages: Culture, Communication and Translation in a Mobile World", 3-5 Dec., 2010, University of Leeds, England, UK.
  • Dasli, M. (2010). Poetics, Polemics and Praxis in Intercultural Language Pedagogy. 43rd BAAL Annual Conference, "Applied Linguistics: Global and Local", 9-11 Sep., 2010, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
  • Dasli, M. (2010). Developing Intercultural Competence for Language Students: Principles and Practice. Unpublished paper delivered at the 3rd Annual Research Conference, "Enhancing Organisational Sustainability in a Changing Business Context", 13-14 May, 2010, The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK.
  • Barron, P. & Dasli, M. (2010). Toward an Understanding of Integration amongst Hospitality and Tourism Students using Bennett's Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity. 19th Annual CHME Research Conference, 5-7 May, 2010, University of Surrey, England, UK. Best Paper Award

Invited Talks:

  • Dasli, M. (2018). UNESCO Guidelines on Intercultural Education: A Deconstructive Reading. Invited Talk Delivered at the IOE PhD Student Seminar Series, 15 October, 2018, UCL Institute of Education, England, UK. 
  • Dasli, M. (2016). Intercultural Communication and Education. Invited Talk Delivered at the Higher Education Summer School CPD Course for Ningxia University, 3 August, 2016, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
  • Dasli, M. & Orr, M. (2014). Putting the 'Critical' back into Critical Thinking. Invited Talk Delivered at the CERES PhD Student Seminar Series, 22 October, 2014, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
  • Dasli, M. (2014). Encountering an Unfamiliar Cultural Environment. Invited Talk Delivered at the "Third Space" Event, 19-20 April, 2014, Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
  • Dasli, M. (2013). Unpacking the Anti-Immigration Rhetoric: The Role of the Media in the Reproduction of Prejudice. Invited Talk Delivered at the "Critical Reading and Critical Literacies" Professional Development Event, 12 December, 2013, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
  • Dasli, M. (2013). British Studies as a Vehicle for Cross-Cultural Awareness: Pitfalls, Paradoxes and Possibilities. Invited Talk Delivered at the University of Edinburgh, The Moray House School of Education. Edinburgh Applied Language Seminars (EALS). 27 November, 2013, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
  • Dasli, M. (2009). Ethnographic Writing as Intercultural Writing: Working Towards a Transformational Response in Study Abroad Programmes. Invited talk delivered at the 2nd Symposium of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC). "The Intercultural Writer", 20 Nov., 2009, University of Leeds, England, UK.
  • Dasli, M. (2009). Re-imagining the intercultural speaker. Opening address. Speech delivered at the 1st Symposium of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC). "Re-imagining the Intercultural Speaker", 5 June, 2009, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK.
  • Dasli, M. (2009). Re-imagining the notion of Intercultural Communication: A Habermasian Pause for Thought. Invited talk delivered at the School of Marketing, Tourism & Languages, Edinburgh Napier University. Research Seminar Series. 20 Feb., 2009, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK.