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Education

2015 Ph.D. in linguistics, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris. Title: “A grammar of Mano (Southern Mande) from a typological perspective”. Supervised by Valentin Vydrin.

Grade: très honorable avec félicitations à l’unanimité (summa cum laude)

2011 M.A. in sociology

French University College, Moscow, Russia

2010 M.A. in linguistics

Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Qualification

2016 Qualification by the French National Council of the Universities as possessing the necessary qualities to teach at the level of Assistant Professor (maître de conférences) in

Section 7. Language sciences: general linguistics and phonetics

Section 15. Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew languages and literatures and other linguistic domains

Current position

Sep. 2017 – Aug. 2020 Postdoctoral Fellow

Helsinki University Humanities Programme

Sep. 2020 – Aug. 2023 Core Fellow

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

Previous work experience

Oct. 2018 – Dec. 2018 Visiting scholar

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

April 2017 – July 2018 Visiting scholar

LLACAN, CNRS

Jan. 2017 – Aug. 2017 Visiting scholar

University of California, Berkeley, Department of Anthropology

Jan. 2015 – Jan. 2017 Postdoctoral Fellow

University of California, Berkeley, Department of Anthropology

Faculty sponsor: William F. Hanks

March 2011 – Feb. 2014 Graduate Student Researcher

Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris

Personal research funding and Grants                                                                                                       

Sep. 2020 – Aug. 2023 Principal Investigator

Kone Foundation, Finland

“Consequences of contact: the social settings of bilingualism”

Hosting institution: University of Helsinki

Jan 2020 – Dec 2022 Principal Investigator

Academy of Finland, Finland

“Bilingualism at home and in church: a holistic study of language contact in social settings”

Hosting institution: University of Helsinki

Jan. 2019 – Dec. 2020 Principal Investigator

Academy of Finland, Finland

“Towards a differential model of language contact: cross-linguistic perspectives on the role of religious register in language change”

Hosting institution: University of Helsinki

April 2017 – June 2018 Principal Investigator

Fondation Fyssen, France

“Cognitive and linguistic consequences of translation. Comparative approaches”

Hosting institution: LLACAN, CNRS

Jan. 2015 – Jan. 2017 Postdoctoral Fellowship

Fondation Fyssen, France

March 2011 – Feb. 2014 Doctoral Scholarship

Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, France

Teaching Experience

2020 Lecturer

Introduction to African linguistics. Co-instructor: Thera Crane

University of Helsinki, Finland

2019 Lecturer

Sociolinguistics. Co-instructor: Kaius Sinnemäki

University of Helsinki, Finland

2019 Lecturer

Linguistic Anthropology

University of Helsinki, Finland

2018 Lecturer

Anthropology of speech acts: performativity, affect and politics

Main instructor. Co-instructors: Michel de Fornel, Paul Codjia

EHESS, France

2018 Lecturer

Linguistic Anthropology. Co-instructor: Stef Spronck

University of Helsinki, Finland

2015 Mentor

Special topic: Translation Theory, UC Berkeley, USA. Main instructor: professor William F. Hanks

Experience of organizing scientific meetings

August 2019 Panel “Anthropological failures” at “On Time: The Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society 2019”, Helsinki, Finland

Organizer (with Francisco Martinez)

May 2018 Conference “Language contact and translation in religious context.

Comparative approaches”, Inalco, France, 18 participants

Organizer

April 2018 Workshop “Christianity, language contact, language change”, Inalco, France, 5 participants

Organizer

October 2017 Workshop “Discontinuitie(s), transmutation(s)”, Inalco, France, 8 participants

Organizer

Sep. 2017 Workshop “Conversion, traduction, interprétation”, Inalco, France, 5 participants

Organizer

March 2016 47th meeting of the Annual Conference on African Linguistics, UC Berkeley, 140 participants

Member of the organizing committee

Most important invited presentations

2019 Doing things with grammar: indexical performativity across grammatical categories. University of Münster, December 2, Münster, Germany.
2018 Religion in language variation and change. Grammar of religion. December 12, Helsinki, Finland.
2018 Knowing is belonging: recognitional deixis and emergence of common ground in religious conversion. Politics of participation. Helsinki, Finland, October 2018.
2017 Traduire les actes de foi : quand l’intertextualité remédie à l’intraduisible. EHESS, Paris, France. May 2017.  
2017 Le langage religieux des convertis catholiques Manos. Naviguer entre les mots, comprendre la logique. Équipe Anthropologie linguistique, Laboratoire d’anthropologie sociale, Paris, France. May 2017.
2017 Discourse genre in anthropology, historical linguistics, typology, and language documentation. Talk at the graduate seminar Historical Linguistics and Languages in Contact at UT San Antonio (invited by Professor Bridget Drinka). April 2017.
2017 The power of many: translation into intertextual series. Translation, Multimodal Interaction and Context. Cross-disciplinary Perspectives, October 11-14, Paris, France.
2017 Indexicality in oral Bible translations: deictic categories between grammar and style. Translating Worlds workshop. University of California, Berkeley, January 2017, Berkeley, CA.
2016 Beyond spatial referencing: recognitional deixis. Universals and Variation in Spatial Referencing Across Languages and Cultures. Santa Barbara, December 8, 2016.
2015 Missionary Bible translation and linguistic practice (the case of Mano, Guinea). Translating Worlds workshop. University of California, Berkeley, January 14-16, 2015, Berkeley, CA.

Service to the academic community

Reviewer for: Studies in African Linguistics, Mandenkan, Folia Linguistica, Studies in Language, Pragmatics, Language Science Press

Linguistic skills

Russian                      native

English, French         advanced proficiency, experience in scientific writing and teaching

Mano                          fieldwork experience

Spanish                      intermediate proficiency

Finnish                        beginner