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Leiden University Centre for Linguistics


Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is an independent institute within the Leiden University Humanities Faculty. A Management Team, consisting of an Academic Director, a Director of Education and an Institute Manager, is responsible for the overall running of the institute. This team is supported in its daily activities by staff of the LUCL Office. An Advisory Council provides the Management Team with advice on all institutional matters. Two separate councils complete the institute’s organisational structure; the PhD Council representing LUCL’s PhD candidates and an Institute Council acting on behalf of all LUCL (academic) staff members.

Management Team

The LUCL Management Team consists of an Academic Director, a Director of Education and an Institute Manager. LUCL’s Academic Director, Niels Schiller, carries the overall responsibility for the institute. All LUCL’s teaching activities are the responsibility of the LUCL Director of Education, Gijsbert Rutten. The LUCL Institute Manager, Maarit van Gammeren, is tasked with LUCL’s operational affairs, including finance, personnel issues and the institute’s internal management.

Advisory Council

The LUCL Advisory Council advises the Management Team on any institutional issues concerning LUCL. It consists of members appointed by the Faculty Board of the Leiden University Humanities Faculty. Current members are: Alwin Kloekhorst (Chair and Assistant Professor of Comparative Linguistics), Claartje Levelt (Professor of First Language Acquisition), Jos Schaeken (Professor of Slavic and Baltic Languages), Marian Klamer (Professor of Austronesian and Papuan Linguistics), Maarten van Leeuwen (Assistant Professor of Dutch Language Use), Alwin Kloekhorst (Assistant Professor of Comparative Linguistics), Felix Ameka (Associate Professor of African Linguistics), Karène Sanchez (Assistant Professor of French Linguistics), Gea Hakker (Director of the Academic Language Centre), Katinka Zeven (Language Teacher), Michaël Peyrot (Research Fellow) and Brenda Assendelft (PhD Candidate).

PhD Council

The LUCL PhD Council represents all PhD candidates at the institute. It meets regularly with the LUCL Management Team and also has a representative seated on the LUCL Advisory Board. The Council aims to stay informed about general university developments as well as specific LUCL issues concerning LUCL-affiliated PhD candidates. Its current members are: Laura Smorenburg (chairperson and PhD Candidate), Andrew Wigman (PhD Candidate), Zhen Li (PhD Candidate), Jorge Duran Solorzano (PhD Candidate) and Jianzhi Liu (PhD Candidate). The PhD Council can be reached via luclphdcouncil@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

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