Power and Politics in Language and Literature Research Group
The Power and Politics in Language and Literature Research Group brings together Humanities scholars in Language and Linguistics, Literature, Creative Writing, and History. It focuses on the ways in which politics, political culture and power, and power relationships are represented through language(s) and access to languages, and through literature.
The group shares interests in issues a range of issues, including: activism; the politics of educational practice and pedagogy; feminism; law; migration, forced migration and multilingualism; histories of racism and slavery; social and linguistic inclusion/exclusion; and social justice.
Current externally funded projects run by members of the group include a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, ‘Implicit and Explicit Language Attitudes and Accent Discrimination in England’ and Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, ‘Truth-Telling/Story-telling: Literary and Critical Perspectives on Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’. Recent publications by group members include works on literary responses to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the undercover policing of internet sex crime, and feminist periodical culture. Current PhD projects include explorations of contemporary Palestinian memoir and the challenges of visibility for contemporary working-class writers.
Drawing together expertise on first and second language acquisition and education, histories and representations of activism, truth and reconciliation, forensic linguistics, language attitudes, and literary representations of migration and law, this interdisciplinary group works across disciplines and time frames to explore some of the ways in which power and societal relations are maintained and questioned through language and literature. The group runs a regular reading group as well as one off symposia and other events.
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