Dr Andrey Rosowsky, B.A., M.A., PGCE, MEd, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer
Director of full-time MA Programme
Director of MA in Education
Photograph of Andrey RosowskyDirector of MA in Educational Research
Coordinator of Language, Society and Education EDU 6346
English Strand Coordinator of MA in Applied Professional Studies (part-time)

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 8136
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222
Email: a.rosowsky@Sheffield.ac.uk
Twitter: @heavenlyacts
Room: 4.11

Research Interests

Research interests

Andrey´s research interests include language and education, sociolinguistics, multilingualism and faith-based complementary schooling. He has published in the fields of multilingualism, the sociology of language, the sociology of language and religion, language and education and language and identity. . Much of his recent research is located within theoretical frameworks which view language as a social practice and language as performance. He is currently leading an AHRC-funded international research network on performance and faith: Heavenly Acts – aspects of performance through an interdisciplinary lens.

Liturgical literacies and complementary schooling

Andrey has researched how multilingual young people negotiate and practise their ethno-linguistic and ethno-religious identities within a number of different faith settings, including faith-based complementary schools. He explores their literacy and language practices with a view to understanding the complex and dynamic relationship that exists between language and individual and collective identities. His major published work in this area has been on multilingual liturgical literacies, namely Qur'anic literacy, acquired in UK faith communities. He is currently exploring the creative use of multilingual verse and poetry among young people in religious settings where community languages are used alongside both the majority language and the liturgical literacies associated with faith (‘religious classicals’). In this manner, heritage languages at risk of loss within the community are bolstered by a renewed interest in aesthetic and performative practices which make creative use of linguistic resources and repertoires.



Andrey is the Director of the full-time MA in Education. Previous to this he was the Director of Initial Teacher Education and led the PGCE English course. He also coordinates and teaches on the English strand of the MA in Applied Professional Studies. He supervises a number of doctoral students. He moved to the School of Education in January 2005 from a Local Education Authority where he had served for four years as the English Consultant for the KS3 National Strategy. Previous to this, he had taught in a local secondary school for fifteen years, the last seven of which he spent as Head of English. He started his teaching career as a teacher of English Literature at an Egyptian English-medium secondary school, Victoria College, in Alexandria.


Rosowsky, A. (forthcoming) Lyrics, scripts and languages: the role of religious verse and song in language maintenance in T. Omoniyi. R. Pandharipande & M. Epsworth (eds.) Maintenance and Revival in the Sociology of Language and Religion. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Rosowsky, A. (2017). Challenging the discursive positioning of young British Muslims through the multilingual performance of devotional song and poetry. International Journal of Multilingualism. ISSN 1479-0718

Rosowsky, A (2017). Muslim Youth Identities through Devotional Songs and Poetry in South Yorkshire Communities. In D. Stevens & K. Lockney (Eds.) Students, Places, and Identities in English and the Arts: Creative spaces in education. London: Routledge.

Rosowsky, A. (2017). (Ed.) Faith and Language Spaces in Digital Spaces. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Rosowsky, A. (2017). Virtual allegiance: online “baya’a” practices within a worldwide Sufi Order. In A. Rosowsky (Ed.) Faith and Language in Digital Spaces. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

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