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Dr Guy Puzey

Lecturer in Scandinavian Studies

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Language, politics and identity (especially language policy and linguistic landscapes); critical toponomastics; modern and contemporary Nordic (especially Norwegian) social, cultural and historical topics.

Research Interests

  • Language policy
  • Linguistic landscapes and language visibility
  • Critical approaches to toponymy; the interactions between power and place naming
  • Modern and contemporary Nordic social, cultural and historical studies

Biography

Dr Guy Puzey was appointed Lecturer in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2015. He first came to Edinburgh as an undergraduate student, graduating with first class honours in Italian and Scandinavian Studies in 2006. He went on to study for an AHRC-funded MSc by Research, which he was awarded with distinction in 2007. He then continued with AHRC-funded doctoral research on language policy in Italy and Norway, which he completed in 2011. Before taking on his current role, he was employed by both the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures and the Office of Lifelong Learning in a number of roles from 2006 to 2015.

His principal research interests concern the interactions between languages, politics and identity, particularly in the social and cultural contexts of Norway, Scotland and Italy.

Guy's doctoral thesis examined the political dimension of language activist campaigns in Norway (with the Nynorsk language) and Italy (with a focus on Lombard dialects). Guy has also carried out extensive work in the emerging field of linguistic landscape studies, focusing on the relative visibility of languages in public spaces. He has been consulted by policy‐makers and has recently participated in several externally‐funded research projects related to Gaelic language policy, applying his comparative European perspective to the Scottish policy context and collaborating with colleagues from the Celtic & Scottish Studies subject area.

In the field of onomastics, Guy’s work deals with the links between power and place naming, especially with regard to minority languages, but also in connection with renaming and place branding. He has engaged in collaborative research in these areas with colleagues from Australia and Finland.

Other research interests include connections between Norway and Scotland during and after the Second World War, and the social and cultural history of the Cold War era.

Guy is also a freelance translator of Norwegian literature and has contributed to translation studies programmes at the University of Edinburgh.

Teaching

School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (undergraduate courses)

  • Culture and Society in Twentieth-Century Italy 2 (2009-10)
  • History of the Scandinavian Languages (2006-07; 2010-11; 2015-present)
  • Introduction to European Theatre (2015-present)
  • Norwegian 1 (2012-13; 2013-present) (course organiser)
  • Norwegian Language 2 (2013-14; 2015-present)
  • Nynorsk Language and Literature (2015-present)
  • Scandinavian Historical and Cultural Topics 2 (2012-13)
  • Scandinavian Languages 2 (2013-14; 2015-present)
  • Scandinavian Literature 2 (2012-13; 2015-present)
  • Scandinavian Literature for Children and Young People (2006-09)
  • Scandinavian Place-Name Studies (2007-09)
  • Scandinavian Studies Language Paper 2 (honours-level translation from Danish, Norwegian and Swedish) (2012-13; 2015-present) (course organiser)

 

School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (postgraduate courses)

  • Literary Translation as Creative Practice (2012-13)
  • Minority Languages in Europe: Policy and Language Planning (2012-13; 2014-15)
  • Translation Studies (2012-13; 2015-present)

 

Office of Lifelong Learning

  • Norwegian 1 (2006-07; 2008-09; 2010-11; 2013-15)
  • Norwegian 2 (2007-08; 2011-12)

Research students

  • Anja Tröger (MSc by Research in Scandinavian Studies, 2015-16)

Research outputs

  1. Developing a Gramscian approach to toponymy

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  2. Names and naming: People, places, perceptions and power

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  3. Renaming as counter-hegemony: The cases of Noreg and Padania

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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Research activities & awards

  1. Multilingual Matters Ltd

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

  2. Diversity in the Linguistic Landscape: Comparative Perspectives on Language Policy

    Activity: External academic engagementInvited talk

  3. Scottish Place-Name Society Autumn Conference 2015

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in conference

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