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Doctoral defence: Cathryn McWilliams

M.A. Cathryn McWilliams will publicly defend her doctoral thesis in English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Arts, Psychology and Theology at Åbo Akademi University on Monday 28 June, 2021, at 2pm.

The thesis is entitled The Letters and Legacy of Mary Ann McCracken.

Dr., Lecturer Jonathan Wright, Maynooth University, Ireland, will serve as opponent and professor Anthony Johnson, Åbo Akademi University, as custos.

You are welcome to follow the event online at https://aboakademi.zoom.us/j/66695112484.

An online version of the thesis is available in Doria:
http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-765-995-6

Doctoral defence: Mats Nyhom

FM Mats Nyhom will defend his doctoral thesis Friday, 14 May, 2021 at 5 pm.

The thesis is entitled Searchers After Horror: Understanding H. P. Lovecraft and His Fiction.

The opponent is Professor Timothy Murphy, Oklahoma State University, USA, and the chair is Associate Professor Jason Finch.

You are welcome to follow the event online using this link:
https://aboakademi.zoom.us/j/69343809567

An online version of the thesis is available in Doria:
https://www.doria.fi/handle/10024/180929

Thesis Festival 2021

The English Department’s online Thesis Festival will take place on Wednesday 19 May, starting at 4:15 pm, in Zoom at https://aboakademi.zoom.us/j/64063179969

Programme:

Welcome

Presentations of thesis work

 Lisa Martin-Harewood (BA):

“American and British English – Orthographic and Lexical Tendencies of Finland Swedish Secondary School EFL Learners”       

Meredith Brown (BA/MA):

“A Comparative Case Study of NESTs in Two EFL Contexts: South Korea and Finland”

 Jannika Siimelä (MA):

“Finland-Swedish Upper Secondary School Students’ Perspectives on Development and Assessment of Speaking Skills : A Case Study of the Effects of Pedagogical Intervention”

BREAK    

Matilda Söderbacka (MA):

“ ‘And the earth was without form and void’ : The Paradoxical Nature of Formlessness in Eleanor Wilner’s ‘Reading the Bible Backwards’”

Sara Hänninen (MA):

“The Use of Anglicisms in German, Swedish and Finnish Newspaper Advertising”

 Charlotte Stormbom (PhD):

“Gendered language in flux : The use of epicene pronouns in EFL and ELF writing”

H.W. DONNER ESSAY PRIZE 2021

SPREMI 8 APRIL

Our next SPREMI session takes place on Thursday 8 April, 15:15-17 on Zoom.
Zoom link: https://aboakademi.zoom.us/j/66312703059 (Meeting ID: 663 1270 3059).
 
The speaker is Henrik Ruotsalainen (French Language and Literature, Åbo Akademi). The title of his talk is “Modus efter konjunktionen après que (’efter att’) i modern franska” (see ABSTRACT).

SPREMI 25 March: Gustaf Olsson

Our next SPREMI session takes place on Thursday 25 March, 15:15-17 on Zoom.
Zoom link: https://aboakademi.zoom.us/j/66312703059 (Meeting ID: 663 1270 3059).
 
The speaker is Gustaf Olsson (University of Turku, Russian Studies). The title of his talk is “Grammatical variation in loandwords” (see ABSTRACT). 

SPREMI 25 February: Ylva Biri

Our next SPREMI session takes place on Thursday 25 February, 15:15-17 on Zoom.
Zoom link: https://aboakademi.zoom.us/j/66312703059 (Meeting ID: 663 1270 3059).
 
The speaker is Ylva Biri (University of Helsinki, English Philology). The title of her talk is “Participant positioning in interest-based online communities” (see ABSTRACT).

Doctoral defence: Charlotte Stormbom

FM Charlotte Stormbom will defend her doctoral thesis Friday, 12 February, 2021 at 1 pm.

The thesis is entitled Gendered language in flux: The use of epicene pronouns in EFL and ELF writing. Apart from the candidate’s lectio praecursoria in Swedish, the discussion will be in English.

The opponent is Professor Anna Mauranen, University of Helsinki, and the chair is Professor Tuija Virtanen-Ulfhielm.

You are welcome to follow the event online using this link:
https://aboakademi.zoom.us/j/61209180922
Meeting ID: 6120 918 0922

A link to the online version of the thesis can be found here:
https://www.doria.fi/handle/10024/180221