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A full list of the events sponsored by the Institute in concert with the Department's research groups.

Courtroom Narrative and Legal Meanings Through the Ages, 12 December 2018, 2pm, Lipman 332

An English Language & Linguistics / Power and Politics in Language and Literature Symposium. 

This half-day symposium, bringing together scholars from both Law and Linguistics, seeks to elucidate the nature of courtroom language as represented in proceedings from the 17th century through to the present day. A central concern for forensic linguists and researchers of public discourse, courtroom interactions such as those explored by our speakers have also proved to be an object of interest for legal scholars, literature scholars and historians alike. With reference to real-life cases the speakers will illustrate the varied ways in which language both embodies the institutional authority of the law, and maps neatly on to particular ideologies which permeate that institution and, as a result, our lives.

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The event is free to attend: Register Here 


Music and Social Movements, 30 November 2018

This half-day symposium, funded by the US Embassy in London, examines the relationship between social movements and popular music, probing the way in which the two intersect, influence, and support each other. It will include a series of academic papers and an interactive workshop at which delegates will be encouraged to think about ways of using popular music in their research and in the classroom.

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Joseph O’Connell of Cardiff University on the significance of the 1985 Live Aid event. The symposium will conclude with an event at Newcastle City Library, where Professor Brian Ward (Northumbria) will be in discussion with Bob Stanley (St. Etienne; author of Yeah, Yeah, Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop) about the practice of writing about music.

You may register for the event here.


Identities in Conflict, 31 October 2018

This half-day symposium is the inaugural event of the new Conflict and Society research group. This symposium will broadly examine the theme of 'identity'. We will be bringing together newer and established scholars to explore the various intersecting ways identities are shaped, created and ruptured by war and conflict.

The keynote address at this event will be delivered by Professor Wendy Webster, University of Huddersfield, whose recent book Mixing It (OUP, 2018) has been positively reviewed both inside and outside the academy.

The full programme for this event is available here.

Please sign-up on Eventbrite.

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