Europe in the New Asia: New Anxieties, New Constructs
1st & 2nd August 2019 • Auditorium, Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Executive Director, Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya
Azirah Hashim is a Professor in the English Language Department, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics and currently, Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya. Prior to this, she was Dean of the Humanities Research Cluster (2010-2015) and Dean and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics (2003-2009, 1996-2002) and Director of the Centre for ASEAN Regionalism (2015-2018). Her recent and current roles include Coordinator of the Asia-Africa Development University Network (AADUN), Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership Network and Chairperson of the Research Ethics (non-medical) committee at the university.
Her research interests include Language Contact in the Region, English as a Lingua Franca in ASEAN, Language and Law, Higher education in ASEAN and Academic and Professional Discourse and some of her publications include Communicating with Asia: The Future of English as a Global Language, Cambridge University Press edited with Gerhard Leitner and Hans-Georg Wolf and articles in journals such as English Today, Discourse Studies and Multilingua. She has also supervised to completion and is currently supervising several PhD and Masters students.
In 2017, she was appointed Vice-President of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) and is Founding President of the Malaysian Association of Applied Linguistics, an affiliate of the International Association of Applied Linguistics. In addition, she sits on the executive committee of the Asia Pacific Languages for Specific Purposes and Professional Communication Association and is a former executive committee member of the International Association of Forensic Linguists. She was on the MyExpert committee at the Ministry of Education involved in capacity building in higher education projects of CLMV and has continued with the work as project leader of an Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education 'Building research capacity in Malaysia and Laos' (2017-2020). Currently heading the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (2017-2020), she is very much involved in ASEAN-EU research, teaching, seminars and outreach activities.
In 2009, she was awarded the Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany and is a Fellow of the Foundation. Recent and previous projects include a Swedish Link project on Public Understanding of Expert Views on Health Risks, an AKEPT project on Leadership in Higher Institutions in ASEAN, Language Contact in Southeast Asia and Professional Discourse. She is on the editorial board of English Today, Journal of Sociolinguistic Studies, Journal of Intercultural Communication (Nordic Network) as well as the Asian Journal of English Language Studies and is a reviewer for several journals. Courses and workshops she conducts include academic writing, genre and discourse analysis, applied linguistics, World Englishes, English for Specific Purposes, general linguistics and research ethics. She is also an external examiner and assessor for several universities.
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