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Jessica Bradley

Dr Jessica Bradley

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Phone: +44 (0)113 2837100 ext. 774

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Jessica Bradley

Lecturer

  • Institute of Childhood and Education
  • School of Arts and Communication
  • Leeds Trinity University

Email: j.bradley@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)113 2837100 ext. 774

Biography

I am an applied linguist and ethnographer, with research interests in language and creative practice in formal and non-formal education. 

I undertook my undergraduate degree at Newcastle University where I studied French and Spanish. I spent my year abroad studying at the University of London in Paris, France and as an Erasmus student in Zaragoza, Spain. My interest in modern languages and, more broadly, communication continued to grow and, after two years working in the travel industry, I took up a position in widening participation and outreach at the University of Leeds. This was a diverse role, encompassing student recruitment and schools liaison. I worked in this area for a decade, expanding my role across languages and the arts. This included teaching and co-organising the Linguists into Schools module from 2005-2012, overseeing its expansion across languages and ensuring its integration in the School’s undergraduate offer. During this time I studied for an MA in Applied Translation Studies, also at the University of Leeds.

 

I carried out my AHRC-funded doctoral research in the School of Education at the University of Leeds, as part of a large research project, ‘Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities’. My research continued to explore dynamic communication in the context of community arts and, specifically, street arts. My previous professional work in outreach and engagement informed and continue to inform my research. Through my doctoral project I investigated how street artists work together to create productions and perform. I followed a group of aspiring street artists based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, as they worked with a UK-based arts organisation to devise a play performed across a number of sites as part of an international street arts festival. My research, although applied linguistics-based, is interdisciplinary and my thesis took me in different directions, including towards folklore and story-telling. I focused on the sociolinguistic concept of translanguaging, particularly in terms of its multimodal affordances, applying it to street arts production and performance. My interests lay in how it could be extended and expanded to incorporate multiple, intersecting modalities, and how innovative methodological approaches might expand our understandings of communication across languages and across modes. My findings relate to notions of trans-semiotisation and how scripted emergence takes place by actors working together to co-create art. I suggest that there is potential for translanguaging to be understood through posthumanist approaches to applied linguistics and that there is scope for rethinking communicative practices through expanded notions of interaction, shifting towards intra-action. This has opened up my original research to new interpretations which I continue to develop through my current research. 

 

While studying for my PhD I developed and co-led a series of arts-based projects linking to my doctoral research, the TLANG project and my professional background in outreach and engagement in the arts. These include the AHRC-funded ‘Migration and Home: Welcome in Utopia’ project which used multimodal and arts-informed approaches to understandings of ‘welcome’. This was part of the Connected Communities Utopias 2016 Festival (McKay & Bradley, 2016). This led to the ESRC-funded ‘Migration and Settlement: Extending the welcome’  (Leeds Social Science Institute) which investigated arts-informed practice and adult migrant language education, also with Faceless Arts. Both projects have developed and expanding into a project around ‘Belonging’ which seeks to understand what it means to belong and is an arts-informed project at the intersection of applied linguistics and creative inquiry. ‘LangScape Curators’, an initiative I developed during this time, was initially funded by the University of Leeds through its educational engagement programme (see Bradley et al., 2018). This project uses co-productive methodologies and arts-informed practice with young people to develop understandings of linguistic landscapes and sits at the intersection of applied linguistics, modern languages and creative inquiry. It also aims to disrupt linear notions of impact and engagement, considering engagement itself as research practice and epistemology.

 

I co-convene the AILA international research network ‘Creative Inquiry and Applied Linguistics’ (https://creativeinquiryaila.wordpress.com) with Lou Harvey at the University of Leeds and Emilee Moore at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. 

Employment

Institute of Childhood and Education; Primary Education

Lecturer

Institute of Childhood and Education

Leeds Trinity University

2 Jan 2018 → present

Linguistics

Lecturer

School of Arts and Communication

Leeds Trinity University

2 Jan 2018 → present

Lecturer

Leeds Trinity University

16 Oct 2017 → present

Visiting Researcher

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds

United Kingdom

1 Sep 201731 Aug 2018

Research output

Ethnography and Modern Languages

Wells, N., Forsdick, C., Bradley, J., Burdett, C., Burns, J., Demossier, M., Hills de Zarate, M., Huc-Hepher, S., Jordan, S., Pitman, T. & Wall, G. 7 Jan 2019 1, 1, 16 p.

Driving Social Mobility?: Competitive Collaboration in Degree Apprenticeship Development

Bradley, J., Newhouse, C. & Mirza, N. 23 Nov 2018

Resemiotisation and creative production: Extending the translanguaging lens

Bradley, J. & Moore, E. 29 Oct 2018 Making signs, translanguaging ethnographies: Exploring urban, rural and educational spaces (encouters). Adami, E. & Sherris, A. (eds.). 1 ed.

Resemiotisation from studio to street: extending the translanguaging lens

Bradley, J. 24 May 2018

Translanguaging space and creative activity: theorising collaborative arts-based learning

Bradley, J., Moore, E., Simpson, J. & Atkinson, L. 20 Jan 2018 18, 1, p. 54-73 20 p.

Translanguaging and bricolage: Meaning making and collaborative ethnography in community arts

Bradley, J. & Atkinson, L. 2018 Translanguaging as transformation: The collaborative construction of new linguistic realities. . Moore, E., Bradley, J. & Simpson, J. (eds.).

Translanguaging as transformation: The collaborative construction of new linguistic realities.

Moore, E. (ed.), Bradley, J. (ed.) & Simpson, J. (ed.) 2018

Translanguaging in the contact zone: Mobility and immobility in inner-city Leeds.

Bradley, J. & Simpson, J. 2018 Multilingualism and (Im)mobilities: Language, Power, Agency. Horner, K. & Dailey-O'Cain, J. (eds.). Bristol

TLANG City Report: Leeds

Bradley, J. & Simpson, J. 30 Nov 2017

Liquid Methodologies: Researching the ephemeral in multilingual street performance

Bradley, J. Nov 2017 Ethnographic Principles in Qualitative Research: Making a Difference in Multilingual Contexts. Conteh, J. (ed.). London: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 153-172 19 p.

Translanguaging engagement: Dynamic multilingualism and university language engagement programmes

Bradley, J. Nov 2017 10, 4

Communication in the contact zone: The TLANG project and ESOL

Simpson, J. & Bradley, J. Feb 2017 27, 2, p. 4-18 14 p.

Review of Snell, J., Shaw, S. & Copland, F., Linguistic Ethnography: Interdisciplinary Explorations

Bradley, J. Feb 2017 10, 1, p. 78-84 6 p.

Communication in the contact zone: The TLANG project and ESOL (WP24)

Simpson, J. & Bradley, J. 2017 23 p.

Meaning making and collaborative ethnography in transdisciplinary arts (WP23)

Bradley, J. & Atkinson, L. 2017 22 p.

Transformations through sport: The case of capoeira and basketball (WP22)

Bradley, J., Baynham, M., Callaghan, J., Hanusova, J., Moore, E. & Simpson, J. 2017 131 p.

Translanguaging engagement: Dynamic multilingualism and university language engagement programmes (WP28)

Bradley, J. 2017 28 p.

Translanguaging space and creativity: Collaborative ethnography and arts-based learning (WP27)

Bradley, J., Moore, E., Simpson, J. & Atkinson, L. 2017 22 p.

How does arts practice engage with narratives of migration from refugees? Lessons from ‘utopia’.

McKay, S. & Bradley, J. Oct 2016 8, 1-2, p. 31-46 16 p.

Heritage With No Fixed Abode: Transforming Cultural Heritage for Migrant Communities in Inner-City Leeds (WP15)

Baynham, M., Bradley, J., Callaghan, J., Hanusova, J., Moore, E. & Simpson, J. 2016 77 p.

Liquid Methodologies: using a linguistic ethnographic approach to study multilingual phenomena (WP18)

Bradley, J. 2016 17 p.

Translanguaging business: Unpredictability and precarity in superdiverse inner city Leeds (WP4)

Baynham, M., Bradley, J., Callaghan, J., Hanusova, J. & Simpson, J. 2015 93 p.

Activities

University of Jyvaskyla

Bradley, J. (Visiting researcher)
17 Nov 201824 Nov 2018

Art, Language and Belonging

Bradley, J. (Invited speaker), James Simpson (Invited speaker), Lou Harvey (Invited speaker)
20 Jul 2018

Arts based practice and informal language learning for refugees: lessons from the migration and settlement project

Bradley, J. (Invited speaker)
30 Jun 2018

Multilingual landscapes: planning, policy, and contact linguistic perspectives

Bradley, J. (Invited speaker)
20 May 201823 May 2018

Introduction to Ethnographic Research: Southampton, Ethnography of a City

Bradley, J. (Invited speaker)
10 Apr 201812 Apr 2018

Informal language learning for refugees in arts-based practice

Bradley, J. (Invited speaker), James Simpson (Invited speaker)
27 Mar 2018

Ethnography and arts-based practice

Bradley, J. (Invited speaker)
4 Nov 2017

British Association for Applied Linguistics: Annual Meeting

Bradley, J. (Invited speaker)
31 Aug 20172 Sep 2017

Multilingual and multimodal realities: Translanguaging across space and place

Bradley, J. (Invited speaker), James Simpson (Invited speaker)
2 Jun 2017

How does arts practice engage with narratives of migration from refugees and asylum seekers? Lessons from ‘utopia’

Bradley, J. (Invited speaker)
16 May 2017

Englishes - a conversation

Bradley, J. (Contributor)
24 Feb 2017

University of Jyaskyla

Bradley, J. (Visiting researcher)
3 Dec 20169 Dec 2016

TLANG project blog (Journal)

Bradley, J. (Editorial board member)
1 Aug 2015 → …