The Department of Languages, Information and Communications is made up of a vibrant community of researchers, representative of six key areas: Cultural Studies, Information Communications, Journalism, Languages, Linguistics, and Media Studies.
Particular research strengths within these areas include:
- Gender and race studies; youth culture.
- Information and knowledge management; information behaviour; internet politics; digital libraries; language processing and search technologies; technology-enhanced learning; user experience (HCI).
- (Alternative) political communication; computational journalism; digital creativity; importance of media in user engagement; interactive media; media law; public affairs; social media and protest, sports journalism.
- French; German; Hispanic; Italian; interpreting and translation.
- Applied linguistics; corpus linguistics; (critical) discourse analysis; forensic linguistics; intercultural communication; pragmatics; sociolinguistics; stylistics; syntax studies.
- TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), technology in teaching.
- Digital anthropology; ethnography; film/media pedagogy; languages, film studies and media; sociology of digital technology; social media.
Researchers representative of these areas were included by Manchester Met in three of the REF 2014 Units of Assessment (UoAs):
- English Language and Literature
All UoAs produced excellent performances, with English Language and Literature achieving Manchester Met’s highest individual points rating.
Staff in the Department of Languages, Information and Communications
Our staff are cited as being amongst the leading authorities in their respective fields. They engage in consultancy, act as reviewers for funding bodies and journals, and are editors for specialist journals. They are regularly invited to attend (inter)national conferences as keynote speakers, and to teach abroad.
- Dr Matthew Screech was recently a visiting professor at the Ivy League University of Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, to give a week of lectures on Bandes Dessinees.
- Dr Carmen Herrero was the Keynote speaker at V Encuentro ProfELE Göttingen 2016.
- Dr Rob Drummond is the keynote speaker at the EMC Student Conference for A Level English Language in Feb 2017.
Our staff also hold key roles in specialist centres within and beyond Manchester Met. For example:
Eternally-funded research projects currently being undertaken, within the Department, include:
Previous projects of note include:
Our staff are actively involved in public engagement activities. They include Manchester Met’s highly successful Humanities in Public programme. Upcoming and recent events include:
- Manchester Voices. This community language and identity project, led by Erin Carrie and Rob Drummond, investigates and celebrates the accents, dialects, and people of the region and seeks to understand how the ways in which we speak help make us who we are. The Manchester Voices exhibition will be held at Central Library this summer, launching on June 22nd 2017.
- Dr Carmen Herrero curated the Beyond Babel Multilingual Film Festival in Feb 2017.
- Dr Beate Peter will run an event in collaboration with Manchester District Music Archive that invites clubbers old and young to help map the clubbing and raving landscape since 1985. Visitors are invited to leave comments and share memories that will become part of the map.
- Professor Dawn Archer gave an inaugural lecture last year on Influencing others: An explanation of “how it’s done” from a (primarily)linguistic perspective (18 April 2016), as part of the programme.
- Dave Porterspoke at the Somali Voices Roundtable Conference (July 2016), attended by a host of Somali community organisations from around the UK, including Leicester, London, Bristol and Manchester. Dave Porter is actively engaged with producing a bilingual paper called Sasca News for the past two years, with input from our journalism students.
Many of our staff regularly have academic work published in the form of journal articles and books. Please see individual staff pages for details. Recent publications include work by Dawn Archer, Huw Bell, Derek Bousfield, Stella Bullo, Erin Carrie, Nicoletta DiCiolla, Rob Drummond, Chris Jones, Adi Kuntsman, Samuel Larner, Karl McLaughlin, Esperanza Miyake, Beate Peter, Mathew Screech, Isabelle Vanderschelden, and Huahui Zhao.
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Several of our staff are regularly called upon to take offer expert views on stories or issues in the media. Recent highlights include:
- Professor Dawn Archer’s involvement in the TV documentary Faking it: Tears of a Crime
- Dr Rob Drummond’s appearances on BBC Breakfast TV and BBC World Service radio on various language-related stories.
- Dr Karl McLaughlin’s regular role as a commentator and pundit for Spain's main TV sports show, Estudio Estadio.
LIC staff have written numerous articles for The Conversation or other National and International Newspapers. Recent stories include:
Conferences and symposiums
The Department’s thriving research culture is further evidenced by the conferences and symposiums held here, at Manchester Met. Our staff organise these events for their research peers, for postgraduate students, for professional organisations, and for the general public. Upcoming and recent events include:
- Constructing synergies, making connections: an inter-professional symposia on the application of im/politeness and facework research in professional practice. For details contact Dr Piotr Jagodzinski.
- Dr Adi Kuntsman and Dr Esperanza Miyake have organised, together with Dr Tom Brock from Sociology, a two-day postgraduate research event, “Data, Society and the Self”
- Dr Esperanza Miyake is currently co-organising (with Dr. Shiro Yoshioka, Newcastle University) “Symposium: Japan in the Digital Age” (Autumn 2017) and the “Gaming Research Network's Multiplatform 2017: A one-day symposium on interdisciplinary research in games and gaming (Summer 2017)”.
- LIAR IV (12-14 July 2016). The fourth Linguistic Impoliteness & Rudeness international conference explored Intra-, Inter-, and Cross Cultural Im/Politeness.
- Beyond Babel: A Celebration of Multilingual Life through Film (14 March 2015). A one-day multilingual film festival delivered by FLAME as part of HIP programme.
- Selfie Citizenship (16 April 2015, in collaboration with Digital Innovation).
- Using Film and Media in the Language Classroom: Reflections on Research-led Teaching (25-25 June 2015)
- Black Lives Matter: Celebrating Black History Month (21 Oct 2015), organised by Leila Goulahsen.
- New Contexts for Spanish Cinema (7 Nov 2015).This event was part of ¡Viva! Presents New Spanish Cinema, organised by the Regional Research Network in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cinema.
Professional development opportunities
Staff also offer specialist professional development opportunities (CPDs) based on their research specialisms. They include:
- Specialist CPDs for police negotiators. For details, contact Professor Dawn Archer.
- CPD in Interpersonal Communication. This course runs annually. It commences with a block week of teaching in January, and continues online until April. This credit-bearing course (of 30 credits) provides a route into the MSc in Communication, Behaviour and Credibility Analysis. For details, contact Professor Dawn Archer.
- Grammar CPDs for primary and secondary teachers (at Manchester Met and in-school). These one day courses are based on the National Curriculum 2014 framework for grammar and knowledge about language, and deal with essential subject knowledge for KS1-4 and beyond, as well as practical ideas for embedding grammar teaching effectively. Please contact Dr Huw Bell for further information, or to discuss your school’s requirements.
- CPD for A Level English language teachers. This one-day event brings together researchers in areas of Linguistics relevant to A Level English Language, and teachers, to explore ways of applying recent research in the classroom. The next event is on 16th June. For details please contact Dr Rob Drummond.
- Dr Carmen Herrero runs regular workshops for GCSE and A Level Languages students.
Our staff are always keen to discuss ideas for potential PhD projects. Please browse the departmental staff web pages for details of specific areas of interest. From time to time we have specific projects starting.
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For further information on Research (more generally) in the Department of Languages, Information and Communications contact Prof. Dawn Archer.
For further information on Research Degrees contact Deborah Brown, Faculty Research Degrees Administrator.