Humboldt Foundation Fellow Conducts Research at the Department of British and North American Studies in Greifswald

Dr. Lasisi Adeiza Isiaka from Adekunle Ajasin University (Nigeria), © Alfried Krupp Kolleg Foundation Greifswald / Vincent Leifer
Dr. Lasisi Adeiza Isiaka from Adekunle Ajasin University (Nigeria), © Alfried Krupp Kolleg Foundation Greifswald / Vincent Leifer

Dr. Lasisi Adeiza Isiaka from the Adekunle Ajasin University (Nigeria) will conduct research at the Chair of English Linguistics for the next two years, and the Department of British and North American Studies is pleased to welcome the scholarship holder. Dr. Isiaka completed his studies in various locations, including Lagos (Nigeria). He specialised in theories of sociolinguistics and phonology, global English as well as quantitative analysis in linguistics. In 2017, he completed his PhD with a thesis titled "Ebira English in Nigerian Supersystems: Inventory and Variation" at the Chemnitz University of Technology (Germany). Since then he has worked on various research projects.

Dr. Lasisi Adeiza Isiaka has now been awarded the Georg Forster research fellowship for postdoctoral researchers by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and will start a new project at the University of Greifswald. This is titled „Semiotizing inequalities: A digital discourse ethnography of social justice in Nigeria“. By combining concepts of discourse analysis, digital ethnography and corpus linguistics, he will investigate the interaction between dialectics, digitality and social justice as well as the conclusions for linguistic theorising.

"It is a great pleasure to be here at this historic and highly privileged university. The academic environment and research institutes in Greifswald - and especially in my host department - are exceptional and crucial for my research goals,” explains Dr. Lasisi Adeiza Isiaka.

Chair of English Linguistics, Prof. Dr. Theresa Heyd, emphasises the importance of the research topic. “In the field of Anglophone studies, it is highly important to understand English as a global resource with a wide variety of manifestations and historical and cultural contexts around the world. English Linguistics in Greifswald has a long tradition of working with African varieties of English, and I am very pleased that the long-standing collaboration with Adeiza Isiaka can now be continued through a Georg Forster fellowship. His methodologically demanding project on the review and analysis of digital multilingualism and social (in)justice in Nigeria not only fits in with the university's new research focus in the field of digital practice, but also contributes towards the internationalisation of our faculty and the decolonisation of our work methods," says Prof. Dr. Theresa Heyd.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent foreign and German researchers. Research scholarships and research awards support both German postdocs who wish to go abroad and international postdocs who want to come to Germany.

Further information

Chair of English Linguistics

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald (Institute for Advanced Studies)

Contact at the University of Greifswald
Prof. Dr. Theresa Heyd
Chair of English Linguistics
Department of British and North American Studies
Ernst-Lohmeyer-Platz 3, 17489 Greifswald
Tel.: +49 3834 420 3357