Felicity GREENLAND （フェリシティ グリーンランド）
It is often said that most people have greater potential than they realise. If you look up ‘realise’ in the dictionary, you will find that it has several meanings: one is ‘to understand clearly’, another is ‘to make happen’. No doubt you already have dreams that you hope will come true, but your true potential may be even greater. As a Doshisha University student, you will find you have more choices and more autonomy than ever before. You will be surrounded by new opportunities. Notice these opportunities and make the most of them. Step out of your comfort zone. Try new things. Talk with all kinds of people. Open your mind to new possibilities of what you can do with your future.
I grew up on the Northwest coast of England. After high school in Liverpool, I studied Geography at Manchester University, and then worked as a cartographer, drawing maps. I first came to Japan on an international youth project in 1987 to work in Shiretoko National Park. After going back to England, I studied Contemporary Japanese Society at Essex University and then worked in various Japanese companies in the City of London. Later, I studied sculpture at Chelsea College of Art and worked at the English Folk Dance & Song Society. In 2005, I came back to Japan, and have been teaching English and Culture at university ever since. In my free time I play Irish music and run an international song group and ukulele club.
Broadly, my research spans the fields of linguistics, anthropology and cultural studies. I explore creative approaches to the study and teaching of language and culture. More specifically, I research the application of song and visual repertoires in the fields of ELT, cultural studies and international relations. I am interested in relationships, both existing and potential, between music, art, language and community. Principal themes include:
- Music and art as vectors of cultural and linguistic information.
- Applications for music and art in education.
- The role of repertoire in community relations.