[Corpora-List] Call for interests to apply for a MSC Postdoctoral Fellowship within Università di Bologna’s COLITEC centre

Alberto Barrón-Cedeño a.barron at unibo.it
Tue Jul 13 17:30:08 CEST 2021

Dear corpora list members,

through the AlMarieCurie program, the Alma Mater Studiorum-Università di Bologna (UniBO) is providing support for the preparation of applications for the recently published EC Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship program (MSC) [1].

Within the Corpora, Linguistics, and Technology interdisciplinary research centre (CoLiTec) [2], we are planning to support candidates in the endeavor of preparing the application for a MSC Postdoctoral Fellowship with us. We welcome motivated scholars interested in empirical discourse analysis of online phenomena such as deception, propaganda, hate speech, and disinformation. We particularly encourage applications from scholars wishing to enrich their area of work/expertise to methods from the fields of corpus linguistics, computational linguistics and/or natural language processing.

We focus on the following fields:

Natural language processing Corpora and corpus linguistics Linguistics and Terminology Corpus-assisted discourse analysis

Consider the following recent and ongoing research we have been carrying out as an example of the work we are up to:

Ongoing research - Identification, analysis, and prevention of misogyny online using NLP.

   Fully-funded PhD project, starting in November 2021 - Combining language learning and implicit crowdsourcing to improve Italian and South Tyrolean German Language Resources

   Fully-funded PhD project, started in November 2020 - Translation of cultural and political content in global news agencies

   Fully-funded PhD project, started in November 2020 - Identification and analysis of propaganda in text

   Part of the tanbih initiative: https://tanbih.qcri.org/

Some recent papers - SemEval-2020 task 11: Detection of propaganda techniques in news articles

   Best shared task (honourable mention) at SemEval 2020: https://aclanthology.org/2020.semeval-1.186.pdf - UniBO at AMI: A Multi-Class Approach to Misogyny and Aggressiveness Identification on Twitter Posts Using AlBERTo

   Winning approach at Evalita 2020’s AMI: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2765/paper117.pdf - Prta: A system to support the analysis of propaganda techniques in the news

   Best demo paper (honourable mention) at ACL 2020: https://aclanthology.org/2020.acl-demos.32.pdf - Proppy: Organizing the news based on their propagandistic content

   IPM: https://propaganda.math.unipd.it/papers/barron-et-al_ipm2019_proppy.pdf - Fine-Grained Analysis of Propaganda in News Articles

   EMNLP 2019: https://aclanthology.org/D19-1565/ - The Language of Persuasion in Politics

   Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/The-Language-of-Persuasion-in-Politics-An-Introduction/Partington-Taylor/p/book/9781138038486

- AriEmozione: Identifying Emotions in Opera Verses

   CLIC-it 2020: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2769/paper_58.pdf

Supervisors (in alphabetical order): Alberto Barrón-Cedeño (https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/a.barron) Silvia Bernardini (https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/silvia.bernardini) Adriano Ferraresi (https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/adriano.ferraresi) Alan Partington (https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/alanscott.partington)

The Interested people should consider the following requirements to qualify for a MSC grant at UniBO: You should have a PhD degree at the time of the deadline for applications. You must have a maximum of eight years experience in research, from the date of the award of your PhD degree You cannot have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Italy or at UniBO for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline The hard deadline to apply for a MSC is 12 october 2021. In order to start with the preparation of the grant with us, you should get in touch as soon as possible and no later than July 22nd (since there is an internal deadline on July 26th). Please, do so by writing to Alberto Barrón-Cedeño [3], who will handle your requests and pass them to the right person(s) as soon as possible for further details and discussion.

CoLiTec is an interdisciplinary research Centre based at the Department of Interpreting and Translation of UniBO, Forlì Campus. Its main focus is on research into the integration of corpus linguistics techniques and related technologies in discourse studies, translation and interpreting studies, lexicology and terminology, and applied linguistics, with a special emphasis on developing and refining research methodologies in these fields. It aims to provide insight into the fundamental importance of language study for understanding social, political and cultural issues both within and across societies and communities globally.

UniBO is the oldest university in the western world, and is among the top three Italian universities, according to the QS World University Rankings [4]. Founded in 1088 and currently spread over five campuses across Emilia Romagna, UNIBO is strongly rooted in its territory and at the same time the most internationalised of all Italian universities. It takes part in international networks among which: Utrecht Network, Coimbra Group, The Guild, UNIMED, UNA Europa and Climate KIC, EIT Digital and EIT Raw Material. In the period 2014-2019, UNIBO has participated in 147 Erasmus+ projects and in 244 H2020 projects, plus 27 other EU-funded research projects (Interreg, Life, Creative Europe, COST).

[1] https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/calls/msca-postdoctoral-fellowships-2021

[2] https://centri.unibo.it/colitec/en [3] https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/a.barron/en [4] https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2022

Best regards,

-- Alberto Barrón-Cedeño (PhD) DIT - Università di Bologna Forlì, Italy

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