nouveau post-doc

Karla Aviles was hired as a new post-doc. 

Karla Janiré AVILÉS GONZÁLEZ is a Social Psychologist graduate from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM, Mexico). Interested in language and culture to reach a better understanding of intercultural conflicts, she did her Master’s in Social Anthropology at the top research institution of Anthropology in Mexico, the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS, Mexico). She received her doctoral degree in Social Anthropology also from CIESAS, on the sociolinguistic problems and challenges of Nahuatl language extinction; a study that has been awarded by the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences (Brussels, Belgium) in Section of Human Sciences.
Avilés González starts her academic work as a lecturer in Spanish language at the Université François-Rabelais (Tours, France), and has taught sociolinguistics at the Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle (France). She has imparted conferences, seminaries and communications in a number of International institutions, among others in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM, Mexico) in 2011, and recently in the Newcastle University (England).
Avilés González is qualified as Maître de Conferences on Linguistics Sciences, and on Anthropology, from the Conseil National des Universités (France). She is a member of the European Association of Social Anthropology, and of the Spanish Association of Applied Linguistics.
Since 2009, Avilés González collaborates with one of the most important French institutions, the Institute Universitaire de France on the project Morpho-phonologie Mésoaméricaine, focused mainly on language documentation of Mexican indigenous languages. She is currently working on this project as a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory of excellence - Empirical Foundations on Linguistics (Universities Paris 3 and 7, UMR 7597), with languages spoken in the Mazatec Sierra -an area with a vast sociolinguistic diversity-, such as Mazatec, Mixtec and Nahuatl, all of them of different genetic families. She has also on-going collaborations with the Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indígenas (INALI, Mexico), where she is at the moment working in the Nahuatl dialectology project; and with the Acervo Digital de Lenguas Indígenas Victor Manuel Franco Pellotier (CIESAS, Mexico) as a volunteer collaborator.
Working from an innovative and interdisciplinary framework, critical anthropology, sociolinguistic studies and social psychology are, therefore, her main epistemological and methodological tools to understand intercultural conflicts, but also to act against language extinction.
Avilés González has written articles and edited volumes, in English, in Spanish and in French. She has co-edited with Adriana Terven the book “Entre el estigma y la resistencia: dinámicas étnicas en tiempos de globalización”, a collection of works on Cultural Studies in the age of globalization, which shows that history, ideological and socio-economical global pressures shape, in different ways, the local contexts. She is also working on a number of publications projects, among others co-editing with Jean Léo-Léonard the volume New Epistemologies et Methodologies on Endangered Languages Work, a polyphonic volume of ethical and practical dilemmas of linguistic engaged work in Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin-America.

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