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Dr Mimi Huang

Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader

Department: Humanities

Mimi is a Senior Lecturer within Humanities.

Mimi -Huang -2I came to Newcastle and joined the department in the summer of 2008 after having completed a PhD degree in cognitive linguistics at Nottingham University. My research interests span across cognitive linguistics, healthcare communication, narrative medicine, metaphor, embodiment, and (critical) discourse analysis. My research interests have three overarching themes: 1) healthcare communication; 2) wellbeing, identity and personhood; 3) narratives and stories (literary and non-literary).

In terms of public engagement and impact activities, I have been working with healthcare practitioners, patient groups and community groups for a better understanding of the changing culture of care, communication and patient involvement in today’s healthcare services.

I welcome research students, academic colleagues and professional practitioners interested in the above areas to get in touch with me to discuss prospective research projects.

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  • PGCert in Higher Education Practice
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • MA and PhD (University of Nottingham)
  • BA (Hons) 1st (Sun Yat-Sen University)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I am keen to work with research students, academic colleagues and professional practitioners to explore research projects of shared interests.

Some of my recent and current research topics:

  • Language of pain and healing
  • Community partnerships in self-management of long-term health conditions
  • Metaphor and embodiment in the language of crisis
  • Communicating and cooperating with cancer patients
  • Exploring cancer patients’ self-narratives
  • Partnership-building between cancer patients and oncologists
  • Applying narrative medicine to nursing studies in China

Current and past PGR supervision:

Sondos Hassan Ibrahim

Funded PhD Project: Cross-Cultural Cognitive Metaphors of Pain and Pain Management

Principal supervisor

Gerrit Kotzur

Funded PhD Project: A Cognitive-Critical Examination of the Construction of Identity through Narratives of People with Disabilities

Principal supervisor

Sarah Duffy (PhD degree awarded in 2014)

Funded PhD Project: Metaphors for time: An empirical investigation

Second supervisor

Recent and Current research projects and impact activities:

Improved Care and Better Value for People with Long Term Conditions, 2015 ERDF Funded research project. Dr. Mimi Huang (PI);

Improving Patients’ First Point of Contact with Primary Healthcare Services, 2015 HEIF Funded research project. Dr. Mimi Huang (PI)

Becoming Effective Communicators in Healthcare Services, 2015 TQEF Funded project. Dr. Mimi Huang (PI)

Promoting Healthcare Communication with Narrative Medicine (PI)

HEIF Funded Project (Public Engagement and Impact Activities Fund)

Ongoing partnerships with NHS Newcastle Gateshead Alliance on the Year of Care Project

Ongoing collaborations with Institute of Cancer Research, Guangdong General Hospital, China.


Past and current modules that I have delivered:

Master Research and Master Taught Modules:

  • Cognitive linguistics for (MRes)
  • Dissertation supervision in cognitive linguistics (MRes)
  • Dissertation supervision in applied linguistics (MA)
  • Dissertation supervision in TESOL (MA)
  • Research methods  (MA)
  • Stylistics for creative writing (MA)

Undergraduate Modules:

  • Cognitive linguistics (Year 3)
  • BA dissertation supervision (year 3)
  • Language and literature (Year 2)
  • Introduction to language and literature (Year 1)

Programme management and leaderships:

Programme leader for BA English Language Studies (2010 - 2013);

Programme leader for MA Applied Linguistics with TESOL (2015-)

Key Publications

Ye ,Y.J, and Huang M. (accepted) “A critical review of narrative medicine”, in The Journal of Evidence-based medicine.

Huang, M. (accepted) “Embodiment, metaphors and emergent meaning in narratives of personal health crisis”, in J. Pethő-Szirmai, J and Lu W.L. eds, The Language of Crisis, Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Huang, M. (in prep) “Communicating and cooperating with cancer patients -- where social-cognitive science meets narrative medicine”, in Social Science & Medicine.

‘Solving the Riddle of Metaphor: A Salience-based Model for Metaphorical Interpretation in a Discourse Context’, in V. Evans and S. Pourcel eds, New Directions in Cognitive Linguistics (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2009), pp. 107-26.

‘Evaluation of Metaphor in a Discourse Context: a Cognitive Analytical Approach’, in L. Jeffries, D McIntyre and D Bousfield eds, Stylistics and Social Cognition (Amsterdam / Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, 2007), pp. 39-55.

‘‘Using Text World Theory to Interpret Metaphor’ In N. Yanez-Bouza ed, Proceedings of the 14th Postgraduate Linguistics Conference (Manchester: Manchester UP, 2006), pp. 69-81.

‘Metaphor Comprehension: From Relevance to Salience’, in E. Beltran and L. Frey eds, Proceedings of the 3rd CILR Conference in Language Research (Cambridge: Cambridge Institute of Language Research, 2005), pp.227-34.

Conference Papers

‘Learning and Using Metaphor in a Cross-Cultural Context’, BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics) Annual Conference, Swansea, UK, 2008.

‘How Do We Interpret Metaphor?’ AAAL (American Association for Applied Linguistics) Annual Conference, California, USA, 2007.

‘Corpora and Readers: What Can They Tell Us about Metaphor?’ BAAL Annual Conference, Cork City, Ireland, 2006.

‘Two Sides of a Metaphorical Coin’, 26th PALA (Poetics and Linguistics Association) Annual Conference, University of Joensuu, Finland, 2006.

‘A Salience Analytical Account for Metaphoric Comprehension and Interpretation’, RaAM6 Conference (Researching and Applying Metaphor: Ten Years On), Leeds, UK, 2006.

‘Salience Hypothesis in Metaphor Interpretation’, 1st UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Brighton, UK, 2005.

‘Studies of Cognitive Metaphor: In and Out of the Mapping Process’. BAAL Annual Conference, Bristol, UK, 2005.

‘Evaluation of Metaphor in Literary Context: a Cognitive Analytical Approach’, 25th PALA Annual Conference, Huddersfield, UK, 2005.

‘Metaphor Comprehension: from Relevance to Salience’, 3rd CILR Conference in Language Research, Cambridge, UK, 2005.

‘Using Text World Theory to Interpret Metaphor in Context’, 14th Postgraduate Linguistics Conference. Manchester, UK, 2005.

‘Study Metaphor in Literary Context’, Research Seminar Series in the School of English, University of Nottingham, UK, 2005.

‘Literariness and Creativeness in Cognitive Metaphor’, Research Seminar Series in the School of English, University of Nottingham, UK, 2004.


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