The Department of Languages, Information and Communications is made up of a vibrant community of researchers, representative of six key areas: Cultural Studies, Information and Communications (iSchool), Journalism, Languages, Linguistics, and Media Studies.
Particular research strengths within these areas include:
- Gender and race studies; youth culture.
- Information seeking behaviour; information literacy; the use of social media in contexts; text mining; library/knowledge management.
- (Alternative) political communication; computational journalism; digital creativity; importance of media in user engagement; interactive media; media law; public affairs; 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.
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 undertake innovative and valuabel research across a wide range of disciplines, and hold key roles in specialist centres within and beyond Manchester Met. For example:
Funded research projects currently being undertaken within the Department include:
- Dr Stella Bullo's successful application to the International Development Fund for her project looking at the language of endometriosis, collaborating with universities in Chile and California. The project started in Jan 2019.
- Dr Khawla Badwan's British Council funded consultancy project looking at issues around language policy and planning in Tunisia.
- Dr Phung Dao's joint project funded by the TOEFL Englosh language researcher/practitioner grant programme.
- Dr Marijana Macis' award for International Participation in TESOL, sponsored by the TOEFL board of ETS.
- Dr Geoff Walton's e-learning portal project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Innovation Voucher, alongside an industry partner, Jeff Gosling Hand Controls.
- Professor Archer’s AHRC-funded three-year project with Lancaster University, entitled Encyclopedia of Shakespeare's Language
- Dr Carmen Herrero and Dr Isabelle Vanderschelden are engaged in a major UK-wide research programme: “Cross-Language Dynamics – Reshaping Community” (OWRI) a four-year (2016-2020) programme, one of four within the Open World Research Initiative of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (OWRI). The programme is led by researchers at the University of Manchester and involves 12 UK institutions.
- Dr Adi Kuntsman and Dr Esperanza Miyake's British Academy funded project: 'Opting out of Digital Health? Examining and contesting the effects of health Apps on privacy, data agency and digital profiling.'
- Dr Geoff Walton's project funded by the CILIP ILG: Investigating the information literacy of Scotland's teenager's to inform teaching practice.
Previous projects of note include:
Our staff 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. Recent and upcoming speaking engagements include:
- English Grammar Day 2019. British Library, 8th July. Dr Rob Drummond.
- Plenary talk at the 1st International Conference on Forensic Linguistics, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Dr Sam Larner.
- Information, Innovation and Impact (i3). Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. June 2017. Dr Geoff Walton.
- The UK Council for International Students' Affairs (UKCISA). June 2017. Dr Khawla Badwan, who was also the winner of the Council's 'Paul Webley Award for Innovation in International Education'
- iSchool Research Seminar Series. University of Sheffield. Oct 2017. Frances Johnson.
Our staff are actively involved in public engagement activities. They include Manchester Met’s highly successful Humanities in Public programme. 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 was held at Central Library in the summer of 2017.
- Dr Carmen Herrero curated the Beyond Babel Multilingual Film Festival in Feb 2017.
- Dr Beate Peter ran an event in collaboration with Manchester District Music Archive that invited clubbers old and young to help map the clubbing and raving landscape since 1985. Visitors were invited to leave comments and share memories that then became part of the map.
- Professor Dawn Archer gave an inaugural lecture 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.
Our staff regularly publish their academic work in the form of journal articles and books. Please see individual staff pages for details. Recent publications include work by Dawn Archer, Khawla Badwan, John Bellamy, Derek Bousfield, Stella Bullo, Erin Carrie, Nicoletta DiCiolla, Phung Dao, Rob Drummond, Adi Kuntsman, Samuel Larner, Marijana Macis, Karl McLaughlin, Esperanza Miyake, Beate Peter, Mathew Screech, and Isabelle Vanderschelden
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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 ongoing involvement in the TV documentary Faking it: Tears of a Crime
- Dr Rob Drummond’s appearance as the lead expert in a BBC Radio 4 documentary into accents in politics, and his regular appearances on BBC Radio 3's The Verb.
- 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. Recent events include:
- UNESCO Media and Information Literacy week. Sponsored by CILIP ILG and organised by Dr Geoff Walton. Nov 2018.
- Constructing synergies, making connections: an inter-professional symposia on the application of im/politeness and facework research in professional practice.
- Dr Adi Kuntsman and Dr Esperanza Miyake organised, together with Dr Tom Brock from Sociology, a two-day postgraduate research event, “Data, Society and the Self”. May 2016.
- Dr Esperanza Miyake co-organised (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.
- 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. 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.