Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Staff Profile

Dr Josep Cru

Lecturer in Spanish



I studied a BA in Anglo-German Philology (1993) and a BA in Linguistics at the University of Barcelona (1996). I also hold an MA in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of California, Berkeley (1999). With the support of the Institute Ramon Llull, I taught Catalan at Newcastle University and Durham University from 2007 to 2013 and in 2014 I became a Teaching Fellow in Spanish at Newcastle. In September 2013 I submitted a PhD thesis on language revitalisation and language ideologies in Yucatan, Mexico.

I am also a member of Linguapax, an international NGO based in Barcelona that promotes language diversity worldwide. Apart from coordinating the Linguapax network and organising congresses, I designed and developed pedagogical material to raise awareness about linguistic diversity and to revitalise minoritised languages, particularly of Mexico (see www.lenguasindigenas.mx). I have also been part of the Linguapax scientific committee to advise on language policy and planning with missions to Mexico (drafting of the Law of Linguistic Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2003), Paraguay (drafting of the Law of Languages, 2005) and Chile (Implememntation of Intercultural Bilingual Education, 2007). More information at: www.linguapax.org

In the academic year 2000-2001 I taught Spanish language and culture at Nanjing University (China) with the support of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID) and was awarded a Merit Prize for Excellence in Teaching by the Department of Foreign Languages of that university. 


Spanish and Catalan (native speaker), English. Also working knowledge of French, Portuguese and Italian, and basic knowledge of Chinese, Russian, German and Dutch.


  • Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS).
  • Society for Latin American Studies,UK since 2008.
  • Acervo digital lenguas indígenas de México, since 2003.
  • Linguapax International Network, since 2001.

Organisation of International Congresses

Working at Linguapax I organised several international conferences among which:

At Newcastle University I was co-convener of the conference:

  • Language and Sociopolitical Struggle in the Hispanic World (28 April 2010). 


2010-2013. I have been involved in a four year project with Linguapax to develop Intercultural Education in Chiapas, Mexico. Barcelona City Council supported this project with 200,000 euros.

2010 and 2011. Santander Exchange Bursaries Scheme to carry out fieldwork in Mexico (1,000£ each).

Supervison of theses

  • The linguistic debate in Chile: ideologies and representations of languages and multilingual practices in the national online news. (Hanna Sliashynskaya, PhD, completed)
  • Representation and self-representation of Maya cultural tourism in Guatemala and the Yucatán Peninsula. (Carolyn Taylor, MLitt, completed)
  • The effects of Amazonian land grabbing in Brazil on the use of Indigenous languages (Georgina Hulston, MLitt. in progress)
  • The loss of biodiversity through a linguistic lens: Exploring the paralells between enviromental concerns and Quechua language revitalisation initiatives in Bolivia (Joe  Dean, PhD in progress)
  • Quechua online: moving knowledge and language in time and space (Miriam Liggins, PhD, in progress)
  • An ethnographic exploration of gender, sexuality and race representation in the Catalan as a foreign language classroom in the UK and its impact on the leraner's learning experience (Laura Arbonès, PhD in progress)
  • From 'bilingual education' to 'national education' in Xinjiang, China: A creeping linguicide. Hanna Burdorf. PhD in progress)





Undergraduate Teaching

Multilingualism in Latin America. LAS4005
Language Diversity in Spain. SPA2026
Advanced Spanish Writing. Level D. SPA4081

Module leader of Introduction to Catalan SPA2021 and Intermediate Catalan SPA4002




Research Interests

My research interests cover:

Sociolinguistics of the Hispanic World.

Language policy and planning, particularly in Mexico and Spain, and language revitalisation.

Discourse analysis and language ideologies.

Indigenous languages of Latin America and education.

Recent presentation of papers:

Paradoxes of language revitalisation in the Yucatán. Seminar organised by the Intercultural University of Quintana Roo, Mexico 27 Nov 2020

Convenor of round table and speaker: Indigenous language revitalisation from the grassroots in Latin America. Exercising agency through the arts. International Congress of Indigenous and Minoritised Languages. University of Barcelona, Spain. 17-20 April 2017