Dr Birgul Yilmaz received funding from the British Academy to carry out a cutting-edge research project entitled ‘Translanguaging as a means of survival in refugee contexts: The case of asylum seekers in Greece’.

Dr Birgul Yilmaz, Postdoctoral fellow in the School of Humanities at the University of Westminster, is among the 54 distinguished academics to receive funding from the British Academy, the national voice of the humanities and the social sciences.

The three-year Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme enables outstanding early-career academics from the humanities and social sciences sector, to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment. The primary emphasis is on completing a significant piece of publishable research, giving award holders a base on which to build a successful academic career.

The research project, led by Dr Yilmaz who recently joined the University’s School of Humanities, aims to contribute to the theory and practice of translanguaging in times of emergency and survival by drawing on empirical data collected from the refugees who have experienced war and violent conflicts and are now residing in Athens, Greece.

Her project will seek to raise awareness in Europe and across the world about the linguistic capital of refugees who suffered from war.

Speaking about her Postdoctoral Fellowships Scheme’s award, Dr Yilmaz said: “I am very delighted to be part of School of Humanities as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, and I am very happy to be part of a team who has supported me to secure this prestigious award. I would like to thank especially Dr Petros Karatsareas for being my mentor, Professor Alexandra Warwick, Dr Sylvia Shaw, Ms Kate Theophilus, Professor Louise Sylvester, and many more for their insights and feedback during the preparation of the bid.”

Alun Evans, Chief Executive of the British Academy, also said: "We are delighted to welcome this new cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows, all of whom are at the cutting edge of research in the humanities and social sciences. Supporting early career academics has always been a priority for the British Academy […] I would like to wish all of our new Postdoctoral Fellows the best of luck with their research. We look forward to seeing the results.”

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