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Jasem Eidan has recently returned from Kuwait City, where he was undertaking preliminary fieldwork as part of his PhD examining the linguistic landscape of the city. Jasem began his doctoral studies in January as part of a sponsored programme for researchers from Kuwait; the government is giving him time away from his day job teaching English at the Public Authority for Applied Education & Training in order to pursue his doctoral studies.

Jasem Eidan undertaking fieldwork in Kuwait City

Jasem Eidan undertaking fieldwork in Kuwait City

This is not Jasem’s first experience of higher education in the UK; a few years ago, Jasem completed a MA at the University of Birmingham. This provided Jasem with specialised postgraduate training in linguistics, and his dissertation focussed on the linguistic landscape of shop signs in Kuwait. After a few years back in Kuwait, Jasem was alerted to the Ministry of Education scheme that encourages teachers to undertake doctoral research in the UK as part of continuing professional development.

It is an honour to be part of such an institution as the University of Liverpool which is home to experts on the Linguistic Landscape who will surely guide me safely to shore

Jasem is at the early stage of his research; he’s currently exploring the viability of a project that examines the co-construction of space by migrant groups. These guest workers make up a considerable proportion of Kuwait’s population, and Jasem is currently seeking to discern the extent to which speakers (and writers) of these languages challenge the dominant ideology that privileges Arabic in Kuwait’s public space.

Undertaking fieldwork in Kuwait's indoor market

Undertaking fieldwork in Kuwait’s Souq Asselah (or ‘Weapon’s Market’)