Prof. Dr. Gabriele Budach

Gabriele Budach

Associate professor in Teacher Education, Learning and Diversity

Forschungsthemen Migration, Multilinguism, Informal learning, Multimodality, Cultural mediation
Fakultät oder Zentrum Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften, Erziehungswissenschaften und Sozialwissenschaften
Department Fachbereich Geisteswissenschaften
Postadresse Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Büroadresse MSH, E03 15-100
Telefon (+352) 46 66 44 9304
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 39304

Gabriele Budach is an Associate Professor for Teacher Education, Learning and Diversity and joined the Faculty for Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education at the University of Luxembourg in 2014.

She trained as a philologist (in French, Italian and Russian) and learnt to appreciate the value of historical texts and the tools to analyse them. Introduced to sociolinguistic studies in Leipzig and Rouen (during a year abroad), she has been cultivating an interest for languages in use and the meanings they carry for people across social contexts, life worlds, and national borders. During her stay as a visitor at the Ontario Institute for Education (OISE) in Toronto she trained as an ethnographer and has been developing, since then, expertise in multilingual education in various sites. These include community settings (French adult education in Canada – PhD project) and schools (bilingual literacy teaching and learning in an Italian-German two-way immersion program in Frankfurt/Main) which she investigated and documented as both a social and a pedagogical practice (see DVD: Budach 2011). Working with Inuit in the city of Ottawa consolidated her interest in multimodal pedagogies and opened a perspective on ‘connecting objects as resources for learning and living’ that is grounded in a new (post-human) epistemology (see Budach/Kell/Patrick 2015).

In her research and teaching she commits to an approach of collaborative ethnography that values the contribution of students and research participants. She is currently involved in teaching and research activities around multilingual trajectories and digital story tellingas a way to understand social complexity, multilingualism and the challenges and possibilities arising from diversity.

Since she joined Luxembourg University, she has been acting as co-director of the Master program in Learning and Communication in multilingual and multicultural contexts (since February 2015). In July 2015 she joined the UL Research Priority Education: Focusing on Multilingualism and Diversity, as a member and was appointed to lead its sub-strand “Language trajectories, migration and informal learning”.

Last updated on: Mittwoch, den 28. Oktober 2015

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Academic education

  • 2002  PhD in Romance Linguistics, University of Frankfurt
  • 1997  MA in German as a Foreign Language (Aufbaustudium), Herder Institute Leipzig, University of Leipzig
  • 1996  MA in Romance Language Studies (French/major, Italian/minor) and Slavonic language studies (Russian/minor), University of Leipzig
  • 1993  Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics with a specialization in French as a Foreign Language (Licence en sciences du langage, Mention: F.L.E.) University of Rouen/France                           

Professional Experience

  • Since Sept. 2014  Associate Professor for Teacher Education, Learning and Diversity, University of Luxembourg
  • Sept. 2013 – Aug. 2014  Lecturer in Studies for Primary French, University of the Saarland, Germany
  • Feb. 2008 – Sept. 2013  Lecturer in French Linguistics at the Department of Modern Languages, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Sept. 2002 – Jan. 2008  Wissenschaftliche Assistentin (C1) (temporary lecturer for French and Italian Linguistics) at the Institute for Romance Languages, University of Frankfurt
  • Sept. 1997 – Sept. 2002  Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (research and teaching), Institute for Romance Languages, University of Frankfurt

Activities as a Reviewer for:

  • Fonds national de la Recherche Luxembourg (2011-2013)

The following international research journals:

  • Canadian Modern Language Review/Revue canadienne des langues modernes
  • Journal of Linguistic Anthropology
  • Language policy
  • Linguistics and Education
  • Language and Literacy
  • Reading Research Quarterly
  • Sociolinguistic Studies
  • Social Semiotics

Last updated on: 05 Mär 2018

Research interests

  • multilingual education
  • multilingual literacies
  • multilingual pedagogies
  • learning as a social and semiotic practice
  • learning across contexts and social networks
  • multilingual learner trajectories and cross-border (dis-)connectivity
  • learners as cultural mediators
  • objects as semiotic resources for learning and social connectivity
  • ethnography
  • collaborative research as transformative practice
  • understanding social change, migration, mobility, diversity and its discursive framing

Research projects (3rd -party-funded)

  • 2015 – 2017  Critical connections: Exploring digital storytelling (II) [PI’s Jim Anderson, Vicky Macleroy, Goldsmiths College, London), funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, my role: external adviser
  • 2011 – 2013  Critical connections: Exploring digital storytelling (I) [PI’s Jim Anderson, Vicky Macleroy, Goldsmiths College, London], funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, my role: external adviser
  • 2011 – 2015  Global citizenship and mobility [PI: Melissa Moyer (Universitat Autònoma di Barcelona)] – funded by the Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, Spain, my role: co-investigator
  • 2008 – 2011  Multiliteracies in an Urban Inuit Community, [with Donna Patrick/Carleton University/Ottawa and in collaboration with the Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre)] – funded by the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council, my role: co-investigator
  • 2007 – 2010  Managing Multilingualism in Institutional Contexts [PI: Melissa Moyer (Universitat Autònoma di Barcelona)] – funded by the Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, Spain, my role: co-investigator
  • 2005 – 2008  La francité transnationale : Pour une sociolinguistique de la mouvance [PIs: Monica Heller (Toronto), Annette Boudreau, Lise Dubois (Moncton), Claudine Moise (Avignon)] – funded by the Canadian SSHRC, TRANS-Coop Programme European Research Council, my role: co-investigator
  • 1997 – 2000  Speaking out: The discursive construction of francophone space in North America [PIs: Monica Heller (Toronto), Normand Labrie (Toronto) and Jürgen Erfurt (Frankfurt)] – funded by the Canadian SSHRC, TRANS-Coop Programme European Research Council, my role: PhD student

Last updated on: 29 Okt 2015

  • Bachelor in Educational Sciences: courses on “Analysing empirical data”; “Oracy: Objects making us talk”
  • MA in learning and communication in multilingual and multicultural contexts: courses on “Learning without borders”, “Critical Multimodal Creativity”, “Learners as cultural mediators”, “Conducting and analyzing interviews”

Last updated on: 29 Okt 2015

  • Meyer, Heather: “‘Global citizens’ or isolated elite? A case study of an international school community in Germany” (co-supervision with Dr. Heidi Armbruster, University of Southampton). Starting date: 09/2012
  • Abdi, Zahra: “Building critical awareness through English language teaching: Case study of a Higher Education institution in Iran” (co-supervision with Dr. Karin Zotzmann, University of Southampton). Starting date 9/2012
  • Pandolfelli, Giovanna: “A linguistic and sociocultural analysis of bilingual books for children”. Starting date 11/2015

Completed projects

  • Porter, Alison: “Combining sound and print: An Integrated Approach to the Development of L2 Literacy in French”, (co-supervision with Prof R. Mitchell University of Southampton). Viva 07/14.
  • Schanze, Livia: “Language, Migration and Citizenship in Germany”, (co-supervision with Prof. Patrick Stevenson, University of Southampton). Viva 07/2010.
  • Preston, Anne: “Motivation in the French L2 classroom” (co-supervision with Prof. Ros Mitchell, University of Southampton). Viva 07/2009.

Last updated on: 29 Okt 2015

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See detailCollaborative Ethnography
Budach, Gabriele

in Tusting, Karin (Ed.) The Routledge Handbook on Linguistic Ethnography (2019)

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See detailLearning around Iconic Buildings. Maps of experience in the making.
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in Nichols, Sue (Ed.) Learning Cities - Multimodal explorations and placed pedagogies. (2018)

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See detail« Les objets qui font parler ». Vers une pédagogie de la création multimodale et multilingue
Budach, Gabriele

in LIDIL: Revue de Linguistique et de Didactique des Langues (2018), 57

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See detailSuperdiversity and Language
Budach, Gabriele; de Saint-Georges, Ingrid

in Canagarajah, Suresh (Ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Migration and Language (2017)

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See detailLanguage and territorialization: Food consumption and the creation of urban Indigenous space
Patrick, Donna; Shaer, Ben; Budach, Gabriele

in Semiotic Review (2017), 5

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See detailObjects and language in transcontextual communication
Budach, Gabriele; Kell, Cathy; Patrick, Donna

in Social Semiotics (2015), 25(4), 387-400

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See detail"Talk around objects": designing trajectories of belonging in an urban Inuit community
Budach, Gabriele; Patrick, Donna; Mackey, Teevi

in Social Semiotics (2015), 25(4), 446-464

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See detailObjects and language in transcontextual communication
Kell, Cathy; Patrick, Donna; Budach, Gabriele

in Social Semiotics (2015), 25(4), 387-532

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See detail“Urban-Rural” Dynamics and Indigenous Urbanization: The Case of Inuit Language Use in Ottawa
Budach, Gabriele

in Journal of Language, Identity & Education (2014)

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See detailMultiliteracies and family language policy in an urban Inuit community
Patrick, D.; Budach, Gabriele; Muckpaloo, I.

in Language Policy (2013), 12(1), 47-62

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See detailPart of the Puzzle: The Retrospective Interview as reflexive practice in ethnographic collaborative research
Budach, Gabriele

in Martin-Jones, Marilyn; Gardner, Sheena (Eds.) Multilingualism, Discourse and Ethnography (2012)

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See detailPedagogies in context: Perspectives on contemporary Spain
Budach, Gabriele

in Linguistics and Education (2010), 21(3), 244-255

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