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.

Formed in 2018, 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 Robert McKenzie’s British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, ‘Implicit and Explicit Language Attitudes and Accent Discrimination in England’ and Francesca Mussi’s Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, ‘Truth-Telling/Story-telling: Literary and Critical Perspectives on Canada’s TRC’. 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.

Forthcoming and recent events include:

Seminar: Zoe Bulatis ‘Articulating the Value of the Humanities in the Neoliberal University: Working Against and Within the Narrative of Economic Crisis’ (26th March 2021)

Conference: Stories from the Margins: Indigenous Connections to the Land (29–30th June 2021)

Dr Paul Frazer (paul.frazer@northumbria.ac.uk) and Professor Graham Hall (g.hall@northumbria.ac.uk) run our email list and are happy to include anyone who would like to be kept up-to-date with our activities or would like to attend our events.

Membership 

Eman Alasah PGR

Prof Charlotte Alston

Dr Jennifer Aston

Prof Katherine Baxter

Dr Victoria Bazin

Andrea Canavosio PGR

Prof Billy Clark 

Dr Diletta De Cristofaro 

Julia Ditter PGR

Maria Dubrova PGR

Dr Clare Elliott 

Dr Paul Frazer 

Prof Michael Green 

Dr William Guariento

Prof Graham S Hall 

Dr Adam Hansen

Dr Kit Heyam 

Hafez Karout PGR

Struan Kennedy PGR

Dr Alex Ho-Cheong Leung 

Nicci MacLeod 

Dr Robert McKenzie 

Dr Kiriaki Massoura 

Dr Francesca Mussi

Dr Rola Naeb 

Heather Page PGR

Dr Connal Parr 

Louise Prybus PGR

Sharon Robinson PGR

Hayet Sedda PGR

Dr Monika Smialkowska 

Katherine Stanton PGR

Dr David Stewart 

Dr Joe Street 

Prof David Walker 

Prof Brian Ward 

James Ward PGR

Dr Melanie Waters 

Dr Rosemary White