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The Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (CCIE) brings scholars to the University of British Columbia to share their research and understanding of a particular area or topic. Each visiting scholar presents a lecture on her or his research before departure. Click here for a list of past visiting scholars.


Dr. Li Juan
School of International Education, Ningxia University, China

Li Juan is a scholar and instructor at the School of International Education, Ningxia University, where she teaches and conducts research on issues of cross cultural communication involving language learners of Chinese and English. She is interested in alternative national approaches to addressing language learning and cross cultural communication and has spent a year as a visiting scholar at the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (CCIE) focusing on the concepts and practice of Canadian interculturalism and multiculturalism. During her research period at the CCIE she has also formulated a research project that will involve investigating religion and inter-faith communication in the Chinese context.

Professor Mikko Lehtonen

Professor Mikko Lehtonen
School of International Education, Ningxia University, China

Mikko Lehtonen is Professor of Media Culture at the University of Tampere, Finland. He is the Director of the project New reading communities, new ways of reading. Lehtonen has published extensively in areas of cultural theory and media (see e.g. The Cultural Analysis of Texts, Sage 2000).

Kris Rutten

Dr. Kris Rutten
Department of Educational Studies, Ghent University, Belgium

Kris Rutten studied Comparative Cultural Studies and obtained a PhD in Educational Studies with the dissertation entitled The rhetorical and narrative turn. Explorations in education. He is currently working as a research and teaching assistant at the Department of Educational Studies of Ghent University. In current research, he is exploring what it implies to approach education from a rhetorical and cultural studies perspective. Specifically, by elaborating on issues of identity and identification. He is co-organizer of the inaugural Summer Institute of the Association for Cultural Studies on Critical Literacies, to be held in Ghent in July 2011.

Neda Forghani-Arani

Dr. Neda Forghani-Arani
Department of Education and Human Development, University of Vienna, Austria

Neda Forghani-Arani is research associate and lecturer at the Department of Education and Human Development, University of Vienna, Austria. Her teaching and research work focus on global education, intercultural education, teacher education, teacher research, reflective pedagogy, alterity and the lived experience of foreignness. Her publications on global education are recognized as pioneer work in the Austrian context. She is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning. Neda was a visiting scholar at the CCIE in July and August 2010 working on two research projects, 1) “Teachers’ experiences of cultural foreignness and otherness”, a hermeneutic phenomenological study of the lived experience of teachers in intercultural situations, and 2) “Intercultural competence and pedagogical tact, Teachers’ narratives of handling cultural heterogeneity”, drawing on the German tradition of pedagogy and re-defining intercultural competence in terms of the Herbartian construct of pedagogical tact.

December 2009 TO January 2010


Dr. Manuel Sevilla
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Departamento de Comunicación y Lenguaje, Cali, Colombia, South America

Manuel Sevilla is an Assistant Professor at Universidad Javeriana in Cali, Colombia. His current research interests are in the cultural production of music, economy of culture, and history of media. Since 2005 Dr. Sevilla has worked with migrant musicians from the Colombian Caribbean coast and traditional musicians from Afro-Colombian peasant communities in southern Colombia. His recent publications are on traditional music and cultural production, collective identity, and economy of culture. He is an amateur musician and a member of MartinaPombo, a group of academics and artists that develops alternative ways to communicate research results through music, photography, and paintings. He also does consulting work for the Colombian Ministry of Culture in the area of teaching of traditional music. Dr. Sevilla was a visiting scholar at the CCIE on a research grant awarded through the “Understanding Canada” Program, to undertake research on the relationship between musical diversity, multiculturalism and music education in Canada.

Sue Saltmarsh

Dr. Sue Saltmarsh
Charles Sturt University Faculty of Education Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Dr. Saltmarsh is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Teacher Education at Charles Sturt University, where she lectures in Cultural Politics of Education and Qualitative Research Methods. She is a member of the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning & Education (RIPPLE) and also coordinates the Graduate Certificate in Educational Research/Bachelor of Educational Research (Honours) program. Her doctoral thesis, Complicit Institutions: Representation, Consumption and the Production of School Violence, was awarded the 2005 Australian Association of Research In Education Doctoral Thesis Award, and the Macquarie University Vice Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence. Her research interests concern discursive formations of the self and social relations, with particular emphasis on the intersection of economic discourse and its function in relation to children and childhood, institutional and interpersonal violence and the cultural production of social identities. She is also conducting research in the field of higher education, investigating the ways that commodification of higher education impacts on institutional cultures and scholarly ethics. Her research utilises social semiotic, ethnographic and critical discourse analytic methods, and is informed by poststructuralist theories of power, knowledge, subjectivity and agency as these relate to a range of educational and social issues.

october 2007


Dr. Ien Ang

Professor  Ien Ang
University of Western Sydney, Australia

Professor Ien Ang, one of the leaders in cultural studies worldwide, will be visiting the Centre in October 2007.  She comes to CCIE from the University of Western Sydney, where she is an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow (ARC) and the founding director of the Centre for Cultural Research, one of the most dynamic research centres in its field.   Professor Ang’s research focuses on cultural difference and diversity in a globalising world, migration and ethnicity, and popular culture in Australia and Asia.  She is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including Watching Dallas, Desperately Seeking the Audience and On Not Speaking Chinese.   Currently, as an ARC Professorial  Fellow, Professor Ang is exploring the theoretical and practical implications of notions of ‘cultural complexity’, in a research program entitled ‘Cultural Research for the 21st Century: Building Cultural Intelligence for a Complex World’.   She also currently is collaborating with Associate Professor Gay Hawkins (UNSW) on an ARC Linkage project with the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), entitled ‘SBS and Australian Cultural Democracy’.

October - november, 2007

Dr. Jody Berland

Dr. Jody Berland
York University

Dr. Jody Berland will be taking up residence as a visiting scholar at the Centre this upcoming Fall.  Dr. Berland is an Associate Professor and a member of the graduate programs in Communication and Culture, the Humanities, the Department of Music, and the Graduate Programme of Social and Political Thought.  Her teaching and research interests include cultural theory; Canadian communication theory; cultural studies of nature, science, technology and the environment; music and the media; space and place.  In addition to publishing on such a wide range of topics, Dr. Berland is also one of three North American representatives to the international board of the Association of Cultural Studies. She also serves as editor of Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, published by University of Toronto Press and edited at York. Currently, she is completing a book-length manuscript on culture, technology and space, entitled North of Empire: Culture and the Technologies of Space.

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Dr. George Sefa Dei

Professor George Dei
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
April 2007

Professor Dei gave the keynote address at the day-long symposium Multiculturalism With(out) Guarantees: The Anti-Racism Alternative, which took place on April 2, 2007.   Professor Dei is professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.  His teaching and research interests include  anti-racism education, development education, indigenous knowledge and anti-colonial thought. In addition to his scholarly contributions, he serves on the boards of a number of organizations, including the Ghanaian-Canadian Union where he serves as president, the Harry Jerome Scholarship Awards of Canada, the Central Neighbourhood House and the Black Secretariat. He is also a member of Tractors for Our Daily Bread, Unemployed Professional Men, Black Educators Working Group, Cross-Edge Network and Uhuru Collective at OISE, University of Toronto. 

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Dr. Siri Gamage

Dr. Siri Gamage
University of New England, Australia
October 2006

Professor Gamage, an Associate of CCIE, was a visiting scholar at the Centre in October 2006. During his tenure, Dr. Gamage gave a presentation entitled "Changing Nature of Australian Multiculturalism and its implications for Ethic Minorities and Education: Critical Reflections." In Australia, Dr. Gamage is cross appointed between the School of education and the School of Professional Development and Leadership at the University of New England, where he teaches multiculturalism and multicultural education, immigrant studies, and the social context of schooling. His research interests range from globalization, intercultural studies, critical multicultural and race theory to social context of education and multiculturalism across countries.

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Dr. Michael Singh

Professor Michael Singh
University of Western Sydney, Australia

March 2006

Professor Singh was a visiting scholar at CCIE in March 2006. During his tenure, he participated in Centre events and gave a presentation, entitled "Identity Conversion, Citizenship, and Social Studies: Asian-Australian Perspectives on Indigenous Reconciliation and Human Right."  Professor Singh undertakes comparative cultural studies research in the interdependent areas of education and training, and the multiple levels for effecting reform, so as to explore the intersections of urban, regional and international relations, and is interested in issues of meta-learning. In addition to his research contributions, Professor Singh has worked as a primary school teacher, teacher-librarian and curriculum consultant, as well as providing leadership as head of initial teacher education, head of a school of languages and international studies, and pro-vice chancellor for research and academic affairs. Professor Singh is an associate of CCIE.

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