Keynote Speakers

Ofelia García

City University of New York

Ofelia García is Professor Emerita in the Ph.D. programs of Urban Education and of Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures (LAILAC)  at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has been Professor of Bilingual Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College, Dean of the School of Education at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, and Professor of Education at The City College of New York. Among her best-known books are Bilingual Education in the 21st Century: A Global PerspectiveTranslanguaging; Language, Bilingualism and Education (with Li Wei, 2015 British Association of Applied Linguistics Book Award recipient). Her recent books (2016-2017) include The Oxford Handbook of Language and Society (with N. Flores & M. Spotti); Encyclopedia of Bilingual and Multilingual Education (with A. Lin & S. May), The Translanguaging Classroom (with S. I. Johnson & K. Seltzer); Translanguaging with Multilingual Students (with T. Kleyn). Prior to 2016, García’s books include Educating Emergent Bilinguals (with J. Kleifgen), Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity (with J. Fishman), Negotiating Language Policies in Schools: Educators as Policymakers (with K. Menken), Imagining Multilingual Schools (with T. Skutnabb-Kangas and M. Torres-Guzman), and A Reader in Bilingual Education (with C. Baker). She has been the General Editor of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language and the co-editor of Language Policy (with H. Kelly-Holmes). García was co-principal investigator of CUNY-NYSIEB ( from its inception in 2011 until 2019. García’s extensive publication record on bilingualism and the education of bilinguals is grounded in her life experience living in New York City after leaving Cuba at the age of 11, teaching language minority students bilingually, educating bilingual and ESL teachers, and working with doctoral students researching these topics. In 2016 García received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bank Street Graduate School of Education, and in 2017 she received the Charles Ferguson Award in Applied Linguistics from the Center of Applied Linguistics, and the Lifetime Career Award from the Bilingual Education SIG of the American Education Research Association. In 2018 she was appointed to the National Academy of Education and received The Graduate Center Excellence in Mentoring Award.


Clare Mar-Molinero

University of Southampton

Clare Mar-Molinero is a Professor within Humanities at the University of Southampton. She holds a BA from Birmingham University, an MA(Ed) in Language & Linguistics and PhD in Politics of Language from the University of Southampton. She is currently Associate Dean (internationalisation) for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. After teaching English as a Foreign Language at Barcelona University, she came to Southampton, first as a teaching assistant in EFL and Spanish, and then later as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Spanish at Southampton Modern Languages and Linguistics. She is currently Professor in Spanish sociolinguistics and has been Head of Modern Languages for two terms (2001-2003 and 2005-2011). She was a founding Director of the Southampton Centre for Transnational Studies, and more recently created the Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MexSu), of which she  is currently Director. Her current research interests are in the area of language policy and language and migration, transnationalism and globalisation, and urban multilingualism, in particular, but not exclusively, in the Spanish-speaking world. She has been in receipt of a British Academy Small Award for her work on global Spanish and was coordinator of an AHRC Networks & Workshops award for a collaborative project on language, migration and citizenship in Europe, Testing Regimes (with colleagues in Southampton, Bristol, Birmingham, Ghent and Tilburg); and she was the Work Package leader for a project on language and migration within the EU 6th Framework Network of Excellence programme on multilingualism in Europe (LINEE), of which Southampton was one of nine partners. She is currently leading a project based in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on language and migrant return, analysing the experiences of Mexican migrants returning from the US, partly funded by Santander Universities Network.  She is  part of a WUN funded network on North-South Migration and mobility, led by University of Sheffield with 10 international partners, to run from 2014-16.

Eleni Skourtou

University of the Aegean

Eleni Skourtou is a Professor of Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in Education at the Department of Primary Education at the University of the Aegean, located in Rhodes, Greece. She is the director of the Lab at the same department. She studied education at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany (Johann Wolfgang Goethe Univeristät) and she holds a PhD in bilingual education from that  university. The city of Rhodes is her actual laboratory, the field for her scientific work, as well as the site of her community commitment. Her main research interests are language education, second language learning, bilingualism and education of minority children, literacy / orality / multiliteracies, text & meaning making, education of Roma, education of refugees and heritage languages. Professor Skourtou has been researching issues related to the education of bilingual students of diverse backgrounds in Greece (immigrant students, students from culturally mixed families, Roma students). Currently she is involved in the education of Roma children and refugee children.  She has published (as a single author or in collaboration with colleagues) in scientific journals, in edited volumes and in conference proceedings, she has edited books in Greece and internationally, and she has acted as consultant for both for the Greek Ministry of Education and for the Greek Ministry of Home Affairs. Since 2016 she is a member of the Academic Supervisory Committee for a new English-language graduate program at the Hellenic Open University (Language learning for Refugees and Migrants).