Maria Rosa Garrido Sardà

Maria Rosa Garrido Sardà

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I am Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Following my PhD in English Linguistics (2014), I was postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Multilingualism (University of Fribourg) during two years and then I was Fixed-Term Lecturer in English Linguistics at the University of Lausanne (2017-2021). My main research projects investigated a residential project for homeless migrants within an umbrella NGO for migrants, a social movement of international solidarity from the viewpoint of two different sites, and a major humanitarian agency that recruits, trains and manages mobile staff from Geneva. I have also conducted action research in language classrooms in Catalonia.

Projets de recherche
    • A sociolinguistic ethnography of transnational social movement


      Why is an “international movement of solidarity” interesting for sociolinguists? The Emmaus movement, with over 350 groups in 37 countries (Emmaus International, 2019), is traditionally organised in communities made up of people with diverse social and linguistic backgrounds. Each group revolves around three pillars: 1) unconditional welcome, as these people live together, 2) recycling work, together with external volunteers, to sustain the community and fund social projects, and 3) solidarity projects both locally and abroad. My research analyses the (re)production and appropriation of this transnational formation through situated interactions and texts in and among local groups. Firstly, I sought to understand how similar semiotic, communicative and discursive practices in local communities created sameness across multiple, heterogeneous groups. I was also intrigued by the other side of the coin, namely, how difference was produced locally in different nation-state, historical and linguistic contexts. Each and every Emmaus group is simultaneously recognisable as part of the Emmaus movement and unique in its discursive and linguistic appropriations. Analysing sameness and difference as two sides of appropriation allowed me to document social inclusion and exclusion through the distribution of legitimate linguistic and discursive resources in everyday practices. In order to answer my research questions, I conducted a multi-sited ethnography of two communities, one in Greater London and another one in the Barcelona province. My data were mainly collected in 2011-2012 and include fieldnotes of work activities, assemblies and meals; institutionally-produced documents; and transcripts of both recorded assemblies and interviews with residents and volunteers.