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Irene Heidt

Irene Heidt


Campus Am Neuen Palais
Building 19, Room 1.25
14469 Potsdam


consulting hours
Winter semester:
Monday: 1-2 pm

Please register in advance via email.

Curriculum vitae


I am currently working on a Ph.D. project at Hellenic American University under the supervision of Prof. Claire Kramsch. My research examines linguistic practices of multilingual students in the monolingual educational context in Germany and focuses on how language is involved in struggles for social and symbolic power and how, under globalization, teachers are increasingly required to develop an ability of navigating, harnessing, and reconciling contradicting discourses in their multicultural classrooms. The transdisciplinary Ph.D. project crosses the fields of second and foreign language acquisition, applied linguistics, and educational sciences.

Prior to and during my Ph.D. studies at Hellenic American University, I have worked as a trainee at a German school in Washington D.C., US, studied TEFL and Fine Arts at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and participated as a visiting scholar in the German department at UC Berkeley, US and at the University of Bielefeld, Germany.

My research interests include second and foreign language learning and teaching in linguistically and culturally heterogeneous classrooms; intersections of language, power, and identity; symbolic competence; intercultural communication; and inclusive (language) education.




Heidt, I. (forthcoming). Teaching Language and Culture as Discourse through Telecollaboration. In T. Giesler & J. Pfingsthorn (Eds.), Masters of Reflective Practice – Abschlussarbeiten in der Englischdidaktik. Trier: WVT.


Heidt, I. (2015). Exploring the historical dimensions of Bildung and its metamorphosis in the context of globalization. L2 Journal, 7(4), 2-16. Retrieved from: escholarship.org/uc/item/81w9z7ng


Selected Conference Activity

“Lost and Found in Translation: Kulturelle Übersetzung (translation) und Umwertung (transvaluation) als Teil symbolischer Kompetenz?“, presentation at the symposium unterricht_kultur_theorie: Fremdsprachendidaktische Kulturvermittlung gemeinsam anders denken. Göttingen, Germany. July 1-3, 2019


“Reframing Global Citizen Education: Between Moral and Ethical Dimensions of Language Learning and Teaching”, presentation at the conference on Educating the Global Citizen - International Perspectives on Foreign Language Teaching in the Digital Age. Munich, Germany. March 25-28, 2019


“L2 Teaching between Memory and History in a German Politics Class”, presentation at American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL). Chicago, USA. March 24-27, 2018


“The Relevance of the Ethical Dimension in Intercultural Competence”, presentation at University of Luxembourg. November 08, 2017


“Mediating Sacred Truths in a German Language Class”, presentation at American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Nashville, USA. November 17-19, 2017                 

“Between Bildung and Haram in a German Language Class”, presentation at American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL). Portland, USA. March 18-21, 2017


“The Current Discourse on the German Notion of Bildung in Europe”, presentation at Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders. Athens, Greece. September 23-25, 2016


“Global Exchanges and Local Historicities in Telecollaborative Online Spaces”, presentation at International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) 7th Junior Researchers Meeting in Applied Linguistics. Winterthur, Switzerland. September 10-12, 2015


Grants and Awards

2019                    President’s Award for Academic Achievement (Hellenic American University)

2015-2017           Ph.D. Grant, Stiftung der deutschen Wirtschaft (SDW)

2013-2019           Ph.D. Partial Tuition Waiver Grant, Hellenic American University

2010-2014           Study Grant, Stiftung der deutschen Wirtschaft (SDW)



Professional Service

2016-present               Reviewer, L2 Journal