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Miss Mingdan Wu
Dept. Culture, Communication & Media
IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society
20 Bedford Way
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  • Postgraduate Teaching Assistant
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

Mingdan Wu is trained in the fields of applied linguistics, critical sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. She received her MA in Applied Linguistics at the same department, with distinction, in Fall 2018. Her research focuses on language, work, and governmentality. She has a particular interest in ethnographic approaches to language as a site of the reproduction of social inequality, and to questions of labor, gender, and race and ethnicity. 

Her doctoral research was been accepted and presented as standard panel presentations at major conferences of sociolinguistics and applied linguistics: 

  • Sociolinguistics Symposium 24 (Ghent)

Presentation Title: Outsourcing surveillance: Charity and Stancetaking in discourses of homelessness

Invited Colloquium: Securitisation and surveillance in sociolinguistics

  • Sociolinguistics Symposium 23 (Hong Kong) 

Presentation Title: Doing (De/Re)colonization: Language, Race, and the Exoticizing of Researchers

Thematic Panel: Decolonising, unsettling and rebuilding sociolinguistics

  • AILA 2021 World Congress (Groningen)

Presentation Title: Doing Solidarity: Language and Race in Spaces of Otherwise

Panel: S001: ‘Spaces of otherwise’? South-North dialogues on languaging, race, (im)mobilities

  • V EDiSo International Symposium 2021

Presentation Title: The Fatigue of being Researched: Shall We/How do We Move on with the Politics of Vulnerability in Ethnography?

Panel: Thinking about vulnerability and resistance in precarious spaces: Streets, squats, squares and beyond. 

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Research Summary

Mingdan's doctoral project offers an ethnographic examination of the homeless condition in the U.K. It is interested in (ex-)homeless people’s unequal abilities to make a living on the streets. By studying the individual and collective livelihood strategies of those marginalised under existing social structures and policies, her project seeks to investigate the state's governance of homelessness and ask fundamental questions about the configuration of a larger structure of social inequality and social stratification.

Teaching Summary

Mingdan has a certificated bachelor’s degree in English Teacher Education, which equipped her with pedagogical theories and practical skills in curriculum design and classroom management. She has got opportunities to work with a diverse group of English language learners in different educational contexts: secondary school students, adult learners, and IELTS test takers. Mingdan has also attended the PGTA training at UCL Arena. 

JAN-2020 – SEP-2020 Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Culture, Communication and Media Institute of Education, United Kingdom
NOV-2018 – JAN-2019 Teaching Assistant of Master's Dissertation Module Culture, Communication and Media Institute of Education, United Kingdom
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