Request for assistance/information

Teun A. van Dijk teun at HUM.UVA.NL
Mon Sep 18 18:37:58 UTC 2000

Dear friends,

This is a special request for help. Like many others of us, I get many similar
requests, and I would not bother you with it when it would not be urgent and
specifically relevant for the field and readers of these two discourse lists.
And delicate, so that I cannot formulate the rest of this message in the
necessarily clear terms of a job/scholarship request by identifying the name and
current research projects of the candidate.

I am speaking on behalf of an African discourse analyst, a woman who at present
is working as a refugee in a Mid-Eastern university, and who is engaged in a
gender and media topic. Because of her critical research she also has met with
serious problems in the present country where she lives. She is desperately
looking for a place, either on a (temporary) job basis or with a local
scholarship, where she can complete her research safely.

Her (necessarily incomplete) Vita may be summarized as follows:

Ph.D: Applied Linguistics, Exeter University, 1993
MA: TESOL, Georgetown University, 1989
BA: English Language, Khartoum University, 1985
She can teach various courses in applied and theoretical linguistics, generative

syntax and phonology, teaching methodology, Arabic as a foreign language, Arabic

linguistics, Arabic/English translation, text linguistics, contrastive rhetoric,

and discourse analysis.

My request is whether each of you please inquire locally in your university
whether they can hire or give a scholarship to this researcher, even

No need to tell dramatic stories about how urgent this is. Please help, by
making a couple of phone calls, write a couple of e-mail messages or talk to a
couple of influential people in your university. Not only they will help a
critical discourse analyst who really needs help, but also they will hire an
excellent scholar with a highly important research project.

Our colleague can be reached via the following e-mail (anonymous) address:
c_rabab at You can also directly reply to me.

Thanks for your help



Teun A. van Dijk
University of Amsterdam
Program of Discourse Studies


Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Institut Universitari de Lingüística Aplicada (IULA)
La Rambla 32
08002 Barcelona, Spain

Phone: +34-93-272.1200 (home/casa)
FAX:   +34-93-272.0106 (home/casa)

E-mail: teun at

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