Visiting scholar: Anne Pitkänen-Huhta
Anne Pitkänen-Huhta (University of Jyväskylä) has been spending the last two months at MultiLing. Here, she tells a little more about her stay as a visiting scholar at MultiLing.
Anne Pitkänen-Huhta (Photo: private)
In middle of the darkest autumn, I had the pleasure of spending a few weeks in the vibrant and invigorating research environment of MultiLing during my sabbatical year. The visit was a very welcome escape from the daily routines at home and provided a wonderful opportunity to engage in research wholeheartedly. The most important part of the visit has been the collaboration with my host professor Anne Golden. We have worked together over several years, met in conferences, given papers together and been engaged in joint publications. During my stay in MultiLing, we planned and carried out data collection among Finnish-Norwegian multilingual families in Norway, which was really exciting, especially methodologically, as we experimented with multilingual interviewing. I look forward to analysing the data and to publishing on our findings together in the next few months.
In addition to data collection, taking part in workshops, weekly seminars and lunch meetings on and around issues of multilingualism, and especially on visual methods, has given me a lot of food for thought for the coming years. Not to mention the many informal talks with colleagues over lunch or coffee! I also had the pleasure to present my work in seminars and to meet MA students in one course. The weeks spent in Oslo have also given me space to concentrate on finishing a couple articles with my colleagues at the University of Jyväskylä and to finalize a major research plan and funding application for a project on multiliteracies.
About Anne Pitkänen-Huhta:
Anne Pitkänen-Huhta is Professor and Vice Dean responsible for Education at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her research revolves around various aspects of literacy, with a specific focus on multilingual literacies. Pitkänen-Huhta does research on young people both in foreign language education and the everyday life, including English literacy in Finnish society, the contact between educational and vernacular multilingual literacies, and literacy in the new technologies and the new media.