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Dr. Amalia Ortiz de Zárate

Professor of Literature, Theater and Culture, Universidad  Austral de Chile

Dr. Amalia Ortiz de Zárate holds a Doctor's degree in Gender and Communication. She is a professor and actress who teaches theatre and literature and culture at the Universidad Austral de Chile, where she does research related to innovative teaching methodologies, performing arts, literature, and gender. Her major concern as a teacher and theatre practitioner is to create a favorable environment through drama techniques, voice, and body training for students, teachers, and the general public to build fruitful relationships, thus helping to create a tolerant and equalitarian space in her country.

Dr. Kingsley Ugwuanyi

Lecturer in Sociolinguistics and world Englishes,

University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Kingsley Oluchi Ugwuanyi teaches English linguistics in the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. He has just successfully defended his PhD in sociolinguistics at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, United Kingdom. His doctoral work focused on the ownership attitudes of Nigerians towards Nigerian English. With an academic background in English and literary studies (BA) and applied linguistics (Master’s)—both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka—Kingsley’s current research interests lie in the broad areas of world Englishes, sociolinguistics and applied linguistics, and more specifically Nigerian English. Kingsley has won several academic awards and grants, including a) best-graduating student for both his BA and MA, making distinctions in both; b) funded to the 2016 Summer School of the Association of Commonwealth Universities in Kigali, Rwanda; c) funded by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) of South Africa to the PhD Colloquium organised as part the 2017 Africa Unity for Renaissance International Conference, 20-22 May 2017 at the University of South Africa, Pretoria; d) funded to the Linguistic Diversity in Higher Education Symposium by the Graduate Centre, City University of New York, 2 May 2019; and e) awarded Northumbria University Doctoral Fellowship. Kingsley started working for the Oxford English Dictionaries (OED) as an English-Igbo translator in 2017 before moving on to serve as the consultant to OED’s Nigerian English project, culminating in the addition of Nigerian English words in the OED in early 2020.

Dr. Amalia Oritz de Zárat
Dr. Kingsley Ugwuanyi
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