Associate Professor, Future University Hakodate

Faculty of Systems Information Science, Center for Meta Learning

116-2 Kameda-Nakano, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 041-0803, Japan

Email: rivers[AT]fun.ac.jp

 

Associate Tutor [MA Applied Linguistics & TESOL Programmes]

University of Leicester, School of Education

21 University Road, Leicester, LE1-7RF, England

Email: djr24[AT]leicester.ac.uk

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Applied Linguistics (University of Leicester, England)
  • Master of Arts (M.A) in Applied Linguistics (University of New England, Australia)
  • Master of Science (M.Sc) in Social Psychology (University of Surrey, England) 
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Psychology (University of Bedfordshire, England) 

Research Focus

  • Critical Pedagogies in Language Education
  • Democratic Education in Theory and Practice
  • Emotions and Identities in Language Education
  • Language Planning / Language Policy / Linguistic Human Rights
  • Nationalism(s), Patriotism(s) and Internationalism(s) of Japan
  • Native-Speakerism and the Native-Speaker Criterion
  • Rhetoric and Knowledge Representation
  • Transcultural Communication and Representation
  • Workplace Discourse and Positioning (Esp. Discourses of Authority)

Research Funding

  • The Representational Parameters of the "Native Speaker" in Japanese Higher Education  [日本の高等教育における 「ネイティブスピーカー」 の概念の規定要因]. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (No:26770193) (2014-2018).  Principal Investigator (Damian J. Rivers, Future University Hakodate, Japan) [$25,600 USD].
  • Native-Speakerism and Beyond: Constructing the Vision of the Post-Native-Speakerist Language Teacher  [ネイティブスピーカー信仰を超えて]. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, KAKENHI  Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (No:24520627) (2012-2015).  Principal Investigator (Stephanie Houghton, Saga University, Japan), Co-Investigator (Damian J. Rivers, Osaka University, Japan) and Overseas Co-Researcher (Kayoko Hashimoto, University of Queensland, Australia) [$38,000 USD].
  • Exploring Stakeholder Contributions to the Internationalization of Japanese Higher Education. Research Institute of Language Studies and Language Education, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan (2010-2012). Principal Investigator (Kristjan Bondesson, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan), Co-Investigator (Damian J. Rivers, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan) [$4,365 USD].
  • Implicating the Role of Japanese National Identification: National Vitality, Community Appeal and Attitudes Toward English Language Learning in Context. Research Institute of Language Studies and Language Education, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan (2009-2011). Principal Investigator (Damian J. Rivers, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan) [$4,799 USD].

Book Publications

  • Rivers, D.J. (Ed.) (2014). Resistance to the Known: Counter-Conduct in Language Education. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Rivers, D.J. and Houghton, S.A. (Eds.) (2013). Social Identities and Multiple Selves in Foreign Language Education. London and New York: Bloomsbury.
  • Houghton, S.A. and Rivers, D.J. (Eds.) (2013). Native-Speakerism in Japan: Intergroup Dynamics in Foreign Language Education. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Book Chapter Publications

  • Rivers, D.J. (in press). Identity Encounters: The Self-Other Positioning of International Students in the Japanese University Language Classroom. In A. Fabricius and B. Preisler (Eds.), Transcultural Interaction and Linguistic Diversity in Higher Education: The Student Experience. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (in press). Cultural Essentialism and Foreigner-as-Criminal Discourse. In. F. Dervin and R. Machart (Eds.), Culturalism Essentialism in Intercultural Relations. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2014). The Authorities of Autonomy: Serving Whose Interests? In D.J. Rivers (Ed.), Resistance to the Known: Counter-Conduct in Language Education. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2014). Introduction: Conceptualizing the Known and the Relational Dynamics of Power and Resistance. In D.J. Rivers (Ed.), Resistance to the Known: Counter-Conduct in Language Education. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2013). Implications for Identity: Inhabiting the 'Native-Speaker' English Teacher Location in the Japanese Sociocultural Context. In D.J. Rivers and S.A. Houghton (Eds.), Social Identities and Multiple Selves in Foreign Language Education (pp. 33-55). London and New York: Bloomsbury.
  • Rivers, D.J. and Houghton, S.A. (2013). Identities in Foreign Language Education. In D.J. Rivers and S.A. Houghton (Eds.), Social Identities and Multiple Selves in Foreign Language Education (pp. 1-12). London and New York: Bloomsbury.
  • Rivers, D.J. and Ross, A.S. (2013). Uncovering Stereotypes: Intersections of Race and English Native-Speakerhood. In S.A. Houghton, Y. Furumura, M. Lebedko and L. Song (Eds.), Critical Cultural Awareness: Managing Stereotypes through Intercultural (Language) Education (pp. 42-61). Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2013). Institutionalized Native-Speakerism: Voices of Dissent and Acts of Resistance. In S.A. Houghton and D.J. Rivers (Eds.), Native-Speakerism in Japan: Intergroup Dynamics in Foreign Language Education (pp. 75-91). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  • Houghton, S.A. and Rivers, D.J. (2013). Redefining Native-Speakerism. In S.A. Houghton and D.J. Rivers (Eds.), Native-Speakerism in Japan: Intergroup Dynamics in Foreign Language Education (pp. 1-14). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2011). The Internationalization of Japanese Higher Education Institutions: Implications for 2012 and Beyond. In C. Ward (Ed.), Language Education: An Essential for a Global Economy: Anthology Series 52(pp. 237-257). Singapore: SEAMEO Regional Language Centre.

Book Review Publications

  • Rivers, D.J. (in press). Scientific Discourse and the Rhetoric of Globalization: The Impact of Culture and Language by Carmen Perez-Llantada [Bloomsbury, 2013]. The LINGUIST List.
  • Rivers, D.J. (in press). Asia for the Asians: China in the Lives of Five Meiji Japanese by Paula Harrell [University of Hawai'i Press, 2012]. Asian Studies Review.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2013). Rethinking Narrative Identity: Persona and Perspective edited by Claudia Holler and Martin Klepper [John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2013]. The LINGUIST List. http://linguistlist.org/pubs/reviews/get-review.cfm?SubID=14914225.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2013). English-Medium Instruction at Universities: Global Challenges (Multilingual Matters Series) edited by Aintzane Doiz, David Lasagabaster and Juan Manuel Sierra [Multilingual Matters, 2013]. The LINGUIST List. http://linguistlist.org/issues/24/24-832.html.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2013). Developing Criticality in Practice Through Foreign Language Education (Intercultural Studies and Foreign Language Learning Series) by Stephanie Houghton and Etsuko Yamada [Peter Lang, 2012]. Language and Intercultural Communication, 13(1): 113-116.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2012). The Politics of English: Conflict, Competition, Co-Existence (Worlds of English Series) edited by Ann Hewings and Caroline Tagg [Routledge, 2012]. The LINGUIST List. http://linguistlist.org/issues/23/23-4486.html.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2012). Identity Formation in Globalizing Contexts: Language Learning in the New Millennium (Language and Social Processes Series) edited by Christina Higgins [De Gruyter Mouton, 2011]. The LINGUIST List. http://linguistlist.org/issues/23/23-3196.html.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2011). Reimagining Japanese Education: Borders, Transfers, Circulations, and the Comparative (Oxford Studies in Comparative Education Series) edited by David Blake Willis and Jeremy Rappleye [Symposium Books, 2011]. Australian Universities Review 53(2): 118-122.

Select Journal Publications

  • Rivers, D.J. and Ross, A.S. (2013). Idealized English Teachers: The Implicit Influence of Race in Japan. Journal of Language, Identity and Education 12(5): 321-339.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2013). Labour Contract Law Amendments: Recruitment Indicative of Change? The Language Teacher 37(1): 68-71.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2012). Modeling the Perceived Value of Compulsory English Language Education in Undergraduate Non-Language Majors of Japanese Nationality. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 33(3): 251-267.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2011). Evaluating the Self and the Other: Imagined Intercultural Contact within a Native-Speaker Dependent Foreign Language Context. International Journal of Intercultural Relations 35(6): 842-852.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2011). Intercultural Processes in Accented English. World Englishes 30(3): 375-391.
  • McMillan, B.A. and Rivers, D.J. (2011). The Practice of Policy: Teacher Attitudes Toward "English-Only". System 39(2): 251-263.
  • Rivers D.J. (2011). Strategies and Struggles in the ELT Classroom: Language Policy, Learner Autonomy and Innovative Practice. Language Awareness 20(1): 31-43.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2011). Japanese National Identification and English Language Learning Processes. International Journal of Intercultural Relations 35(2): 111-123.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2011). Politics without Pedagogy: Questioning Linguistic Exclusion. ELT Journal 65(2): 103-113.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010). Implicating the Role of Japanese National Identification: National Vitality, Community Appeal and Attitudes Toward English Language Learning in Context. Studies in Linguistics and Language Teaching 21: 101-122.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010). Ideologies of Internationalisation and the Treatment of Diversity within Japanese Higher Education. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management 32(5): 441-454.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010). National Identification and Intercultural Relations in Foreign Language Learning. Language and Intercultural Communication 10(4): 318-336.

Featured Conference Presentations

  • Rivers, D.J. (2014, September). Trainee Teacher Narratives: Native-Speakerism in the Japanese Context. Paper presented at the Second International Symposium on Native-Speakerism, Saga University, Saga, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2012, December). The Properties and Parameters of Native-Speakerism in Japan. Invited Keynote Lecture (90-minutes) presented at the JAFAE (Japanese Association for Asian Englishes) Thirty-First National Conference, Bunkyo Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan.

Select Conference Presentations

  • Rivers, D.J. (2014, December). The Discourse of Desire and Sought-After Skills in Language Teacher Recruitment. Paper presented at the Sixth Centre for Language Studies International Conference, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

  • Houghton, S.A., Rivers, D.J., Hashimoto, K. and Kirkpatrick, A. (2014, August). Native-Speakerism and Beyond: Constructing the Vision of the Post-Native-Speakerist Language Teacher. Panel presented at the AILA World Congress 2014, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2014, August). Narrative Explorations of the Burden of Speakerhood. Paper presented at the AILA World Congress 2014, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Rivers, D.J. and Ross, A.S. (2014, March). Teaching English in Japan: Cognitive Appraisals of Race and Native-Speakerhood. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2014 Conference, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland (OR), USA.
  • Rajagopalan, K. and Rivers, D.J. (2013, September). Language as a Political Construct. Colloquium at the Seventh Annual International Free Linguistics Conference, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2013, September). Native-Speaker Necessity in TESOL: Enslavement, Indoctrination or Legitimate Choice? Paper presented at the Seventh Annual International Free Linguistics Conference, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2013, June). Native-Speaker Dependency: The Validity of Student Preference. Paper presented at the JAFAE (Japanese Association for Asian Englishes) Thirty-Second National Conference, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2012, December). The Cultural Complexities of Native-English Speaker Teacher Identities. Paper presented at the Fifth Centre for Language Studies International Conference, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Rivers, D.J. and Ross, A.S. (2012, December). Racialized Dimensions of Desirable English Language Teachers in Japan. Poster presented at the Fifth Centre for Language Studies International Conference, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Rivers, D.J., Houghton, S.A. and Petrie, D. (2012, April). Explorations of Native-Speakerism in Foreign Language Teaching. Panel organized at the International Conference on Cultural and Linguistic Practices in the International University (CALPIU 12), Roskilde University, Denmark.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2012, April). Voices of the Voiceless: A Quest for Liberation and Transformation in Context. Paper presented at the International Conference on Cultural and Linguistic Practices in the International University (CALPIU 12), Roskilde University, Denmark.
  • Rivers, D.J. and McMillan, B.A. (2011, August). Exercising Academic Freedom: Pursuing Research in Contentious Areas of ELT. Paper presented at the JACET (Japan Association of College English Teachers) Fiftieth Commemorative International Convention, Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. and McMillan, B.A. (2011, July). Censorship and Academic Freedom in ELT Research: Implications for Practitioner Motivation. Paper presented at the CUE (College and University Educators) 2011 Annual Conference, Toyo Gakuen University (Hongo Campus), Tokyo, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2011, July). National Selves and National Others: Motivational Processes in Intercultural Contexts. Paper presented at the CUE (College and University Educators) 2011 Annual Conference, Toyo Gakuen University (Hongo Campus), Tokyo, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010, December). The Role of Intercultural Contact in Foreign Language Learner Motivation. Paper presented at the Fourth Centre for Language Studies International Conference, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010, November). Implicating the Role of Japanese National Identification: National Vitality, Community Appeal, and Attitudes toward English Language Learning in Context. Presented at the Sixth Seminar Session of the Research Institute of Language Studies and Language Education, Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010, July). Institutional Power and Nationality-Based Language Policy. Virtual presentation presented at the Tenth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations, HEC, School of Commercial Studies, Montréal, Canada.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010, July). An Analysis of the Global 30 Project: Internationalism in Japanese Higher Education. Virtual presentation presented at the Tenth International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • Rivers, D.J. and Houghton, S.A. (2010, July). The Peripheralization of Foreign Academics in Japanese Higher Education. Virtual presentation presented at the Tenth International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010, June). Examining Institutional Language Policy through Learner Empowerment and Awareness. Paper presented at the Sixteenth International Conference of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China.
  • Rivers, D.J. and Houghton, S.A. (2010, June). Defending against English Linguistic Imperialism in the International University: Contradictions between Theory and Practice. Paper presented at the Sixteenth International Conference of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010, April). The Internationalization of Japanese Higher Education: Implications for 2012 and Beyond. Paper presented at the Inaugural APEC-RELC International Seminar, SEAMEO Regional Language Centre, Singapore.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2009, November). Towards Optimum Target Language and First Language use through Reflection. Paper presented at the Japan Association for Language Teaching [JALT] Thirty-fifth Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Expo, Granship Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2009, November). Engaging Students with First Language Supported Materials. Paper presented at the Japan Association for Language Teaching [JALT] Thirty-fifth Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Expo, Granship Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2009, October). Japanese Evaluations of Accented English Speech. Paper presented at the Fifteenth International Association of World Englishes Conference. Park Lane International Hotel, Cebu, Philippines.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2009, September). The Motivational Factors which Shape Intended Foreign Language Learning Efforts. Paper presented at the Fifteenth International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies Conference, Kumamoto Gakuen University, Kumamoto, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. and McMillan, B.A. (2009, September). English-Mainly: Language Choice in Learner-to-Learner Discourse. Paper presented at the Fifteenth International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies Conference, Kumamoto Gakuen University, Kumamoto, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2009, August). The Provision of First Language Supported Classroom Materials: Help or Hindrance? Paper presented at the Seventh Asia TEFL International Conference at the Twenty-Ninth Thai TESOL Conference, Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Rivers, D.J. and McMillan, B.A. (2009, July). First Language use and Embodied Completion in the Achievement and Maintenance of Intersubjectivity. Poster presented atthe Eleventh Annual International Conference of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences, Tokyo Denki University, Saitama, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2009, June). From Knowing and Remembering to Analyzing and Researching: The Challenges and Changes Facing Japanese University Freshmen. Paper presented at the Independent Learning Association Conference, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2009, June). The Borderless Classroom: Quick Response Codes and Mobile Tagging. Paper presented at the Independent Learning Association Conference, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2008, December). TBLT from an Experiential Perspective: Student Satisfaction Assessed through the Completion of a Campus Video Project at a Japanese University. Paper presented at the Third Centre for Language Studies International Conference, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Rivers, D.J. and McMillan, B.A. (2008, December). The Function of the First Language in the EFL Classroom. Paper presented at the Third Centre for Language Studies International Conference, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Rivers, D.J. and McMillan, B.A. (2008, November). University Teacher Perceptions of the Communicative Approach to Language Teaching. Paper presented at the Japan Association for Language Teaching [JALT] Thirty-Fourth Annual International Conference, National Olympics Memorial Youth Center, Tokyo, Japan.

Editorial and Reviewer Roles

Media Citations

  • Hospitality Knocks: Probing Japan's Yen for Foreign Exchange. Are Nationalistic and Financial Concerns Driving Internationalisation Plans? by John Morgan. The Times Higher Education (2011, March 3rd). Interview given in response to Rivers, D.J. (2010). Ideologies of Internationalisation and the Treatment of Diversity within Japanese Higher Education. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management 32(5): 441-454.

September 28th-30th

Saga University, Japan

Second International Symposium on Native-Speakerism