Dr Spencer Hazel
Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics & Communication
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- Address: Room 1.37 KGVI
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
King George VI Building
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
I joined ECLS in 2016, following a decade moving between the University of Luxembourg, Roskilde University (Denmark), the University of Southern Denmark, and the University of Nottingham. This mobility has characterized much of my life, starting in childhood and continuing through my adult years. I spent some 25 years living, studying and working in a range of inspiring places around the world, and trying (not always successfully) to navigate the linguistic and cultural labyrinths in which I would find myself. This has ultimately informed my wider interests in the world, with much of my research also seeking out international settings - multilingual workplaces, language classrooms, Higher Education, the Arts and the like – to explore how people from different walks of life come to make sense of one another.
With a rich international history that stretches back through the years, the North East is an ideal place to pursue these interests. Furthermore, Newcastle has become a very different, internationalised city from the one I left as a young boy many years ago, and therefore a great place to be carrying out this line of research.
As well as an earlier career in theatre, I am also interested in the media, and recently received a British Science Association Media Fellowship. This gave me the opportunity to spend a month working as science writer for The Times.
Roles and responsibilities
- Acting DPD 4053F MA CCC & International Marketing
- Director of Equality & Diversity, ECLS
- Academic Lead Athena Swan, ECLS
- Chair of Board of Examiners
- Member of REF Internal Quality Audit committee, ECLS
- Member of Newcastle University Humanities Research Institute (NUHRI) steering committee
Area of expertise
- Applied Linguistics
- Social Interaction
- Multilingual Workplace
- Language Policy
- Creative Sector
Peer review and editorial work
Social Interaction - International Journal for Video-Based Studies of Human Sociality (Editorial Board); Research on Language and Social Interaction (ROLSI); Applied Linguistics; Classroom Discourse; Qualitative Research Journal; Journal of Pragmatics; Modern Language Journal; Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education; Forum Qualitative Social Research; International Journal for the Semiotics of Law; Journal of Interaction Research and Communication Design (Advisory Board); Guest Editor work: Journal of Pragmatics (2014; in prep.); Journal of Linguistic Anthropology (forthcoming)
Scientific committees: International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis (IIEMCA); American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL); Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP); Cultural and Linguistic Practices in the Internationalised University (CALPIU)
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My research interests are in workplace interaction, with recent research output dealing with such settings as service encounters, corporate business meetings, business workshop facilitation, guidance counselling in higher education, classroom interaction, healthcare, research-focused activities, theatre rehearsals, and forklift truck driving.
Most settings that I have investigated have been linguistically dynamic, and I am especially interested in exploring the ways through which people make use of the body and other resources from the surround to facilitate communication. I adopt an interaction analytic approach to do so, drawing on Ethnomethodological Conversation Analysis, micro-ethnography, and video analysis.
Over the past years, I have been involved in a range of projects on internationalised, multilingual settings. At the University of Luxembourg I was attached to the Codiscilea project (Competences for Organizing Discourse-in-Interaction and Science Learning), exploring the discourse of elementary school science classrooms. At Roskilde University, I carried out my PhD research as a member of the Research Centre for Cultural and Linguistic Practices in the Internationalised University (calpiu.dk), and postdoctoral research in the project Language and Interaction in the Global Corporation (lingcorp.ruc.dk). This line of research is still ongoing, and with colleagues in Denmark, I continue to work as a member of the research project Transient Multilingual Communities (tmc.ku.dk), and am involved in the Erasmus project Critical Skills for Life and Work (cslw.eu), developing toolkits for highly skilled refugees.
My research in these projects has focused first and foremost on resources such as talk, gaze, gesture, body posture and material objects that people make use of in their interactions. This line of work was carried through in the project Social Objects for Innovation and Learning (SOIL) at the University of Southern Denmark in Kolding.
Currently, with colleagues across Newcastle University, we am conducting research on social interaction involving people living with dementia. This project, Interaction, Dementia and Engagement in the Arts (IDEA) runs until 2019, with funding from the British Academy.
TeachingI am currently module leader for 'ALC Understanding Multimodal Communication', and contribute also to 'ALC8030 Reflective Practice and Second Language Teacher Development' and 'ALC8003 Research Methods'.
- Hazel S. Discovering Interactional Authenticity: Tracking Theatre Practitioners Across Rehearsals. In: Doehler SP; González-Martínez E; Wagner J, ed. Longitudinal Studies on the Organization of Social Interaction. Basingstoke: Springer, 2018, pp.255-283.
- Schneider J, Hazel S, Morgner C, Dening T. Facilitation of positive social interaction through visual art in dementia: A case study using video-analysis. Ageing and Society 2018, epub ahead of print.
- Hazel S, Svennevig J. Multilingual workplaces – Interactional dynamics of the contemporary international workforce. Journal of Pragmatics 2018, 126, 1-9.
- Svennevig J, Hazel S, ed. Special Issue: Multilingual workplaces – Interactional dynamics of the contemporary international workforce. Journal of Pragmatics, vol. 126. Elsevier, 2018.
- Mortensen J, Hazel S. At arbejde med videodata: Praktiske og tekniske aspekter. In: Davidsen J; Kjær M, ed. Videoanalyse af social interaktion. Copenhagen: Samfundslitteratur, 2018, pp.61-86.
- Hazel S. Mapping the Langscape - Developing Multilingual Norms in a Transient Project Community. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 2017, 27(3), 308–325.
- Lønsmann D, Hazel S, Haberland H. Introduction to Special Issue on Transience: Emerging Norms of Language Use. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 2017, 27(3), 264-270.
- Mortensen J, Hazel S. Lending bureaucracy voice: negotiating English in institutional encounters. In: Filppula, M; Klemola, J; Mauranen, A; Vetchinnikova, S, ed. Changing English: Global and Local Perspectives. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton, 2017, pp.255–276.
- Hazel S, Mortensen K. The classroom moral compass - participation, engagement and transgression in classroom interaction. Classroom Discourse 2017, 8(3), 214-234.
- Mortensen K, Hazel S. Navigating the moral maze - order and transgression in language classroom participation. In: Schwab, G; Hoffmann, S; Schön, A, ed. Interaktion im Fremdsprachenunterricht. Beiträge aus der empirischen Forschung. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2017, pp.113-132.
- Hazel S. Identities at odds : embedded and implicit language policing in the internationalized workplace. In: Ledgaard, HJ; Jenks, CJ, ed. Language and Intercultural Communication in the Workplace: Critical approaches to theory and practice. Routledge, 2017.
- Hazel S, Mortensen K. Designedly Incomplete Objects - materially constituted elicitation tools in language classroom interaction. In: Day, D; Nevile, M, ed. Objects, Bodies and Professional Practice. Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters, 2017. Submitted.
- Hazel S. Doing notes – coordinating collaborative ideas development using inscribed objects. Day, D. & Mortensen, K. (eds.) Special Issue: Inscribed Objects in Professional Interaction. Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice 2018. Submitted.
- Hazel S. Social Interaction and Dramatic Performance - Staging Conversation. London: Bloomsbury, 2017. In Preparation.
- Hazel S. The paradox from within: research participants doing-being-observed. Qualitative Research 2016, 16(4), 446-467.
- Hazel S, Wagner J. L2 and L3 Integrated Learning: Lingua Franca Use in Learning an Additional Language in the Classroom. In: Jenks CJ; Seedhouse P, ed. International Perspectives on the ELT classroom interaction. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015, pp.149-167.
- Hazel S. Acting, interacting, enacting. Representing medical practice in theatre performance. Akademisk Kvarter/Academic Quarter 2015, 12(Fall 2015), 44-64.
- Hazel S. Identities at odds: embedded and implicit language policing in the internationalized workplace. Language and Intercultural Communication 2015, 15(1), 141-160.
- Hazel S. In whose face?! (Angry young) theatre makers and the targets of their provocation. Coup de Theatre 2015, 29, 45-68.
- Hazel S. Institutional identity negotiation in multilingual workplace settings. In: Grujicic-Alatriste, L, ed. Linking Discourse Studies to Professional Practice. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters, 2015.
- Hazel S. Cultivating objects in interaction – visual motifs as meaning making practices in talk-in-interaction. In: Nevile M; Haddington P; Heinemann T; Rauniomaa M, ed. Interacting with Objects: Language, materiality, and social activity. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing companies, 2014, pp.169-194.
- Hazel S, Mortensen K. Embodying the institution—Object manipulation in developing interaction in study counselling meetings. Journal of Pragmatics 2014, 65, 10-29.
- Hazel S, Mortensen K, Rasmussen G. Introduction: A body of resources – CA studies of social conduct. Journal of Pragmatics 2014, 65, 1-9.
- Mortensen K, Hazel S. Moving into interaction—Social practices for initiating encounters at a help desk. Journal of Pragmatics 2014, 62, 46-67.
- Rasmussen G, Hazel S, Mortensen K, ed. Special Issue: A body of resources - CA studies of social conduct. Journal of Pragmatics. 65. 2014.
- Hazel S. Den institutionelle krop i den international verden. Roskilde, Denmark: Roskilde University, 2013. Årsberetning 2013.
- Hazel S, Mortensen J. Kitchen talk – Exploring linguistic practices in liminal institutional interactions in a multilingual university setting. In: Haberland, H; Lønsmann; D; Preisler, B, ed. Language alternation, language choice and language encounter in international education. Dordrecht: Springer, 2013, pp.3-30.
- Hazel S, Haberland H. Negotiated exclusion – on the constitution of ‘otherness’ in a multilingual workplace setting. 2013.
- Hazel S. Interactional competence in the institutional setting of the international university – talk and embodied action as multimodal aggregates in institutional interaction. Roskilde, Denmark: Roskilde University, 2012.
- Mortensen J, Hazel S. The data cycle. In: Challenges and New Directions in the Micro-Analysis of Social Interaction. 2012, Osaka, Japan: Kansai University, Osaka, Japan.
- Hazel S, Mortensen J, Haberland H. Transcription linking software: integrating the ephemeral and the fixed in interaction research. In: Challenges and New Directions in the Micro-Analysis of Social Interaction. 2012, Osaka, Japan: Kansai University, Osaka, Japan.
- Mortensen K, Hazel S. Initiating round robins in the L2 classroom – preliminary observations. Novitas-ROYAL (Research on Youth and Language) 2011, 5(1), 55-70.