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Kate Barber

Research student, School of English, Communication and Philosophy

PhD student currently studying at the Centre for Language and Communication Research.  

I am a qualified lecturer in post-compulsory education and have taught a variety of subjects relating to English language, EAP and Law, in both further and higher education institutions. I combined my interests in language and law by doing a master's degree in Forensic Linguistics here in Cardiff.  During this MA, my main focus was on linguistic issues relating to online hate speech; sexual violence and rape myths; and consent in rape cases. I am now continuing my research in these areas within the context of far-right extremism.

Research interests

Research

My main research interests include:

  • online hate speech
  • digital narratives and online discourses
  • corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis
  • far-right extremism and radicalisation
  • rape and sexual assault
  • online identity construction

Conferences

  • Religion and Rape Culture Conference

The Shiloh Project at The University of Sheffield (July 2018)

'Rape is a liberal disease': An analysis of alternative rape culture perpetuated by far-right extremists online

  • VOX-Pol Conference: Violent Extremism, Terrorism, and the Internet: Present and Future Trends

The University of Amsterdam (August 2018)

'Rape is a liberal disease': An analysis of alternative rape culture perpetuated by far-right extremists online

  • 2018 BAAL Annual Conference: Taking Risks in Applied Linguistics

York St John University (September 2018)

The risks and challenges of analysing multimodal discourse in extremist rhetoric online

  • XI International Conference on Corpus Linguistics - Corpus Approaches to Discourse Analysis

The University of Valencia, Spain (May 2019)

The reframing of rape in extremist online rhetoric: Using corpus linguistics to compare identity construction in narrative and non-narrative discourses

  • 14th International Association of Forensic Linguistics (IAFL) Biennial Conference

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia (July 2019)

Reframing Rape: Investigating identities and alternative rape culture in extremist discourses online

  • International Corpus Linguistics 2019 Conference

Cardiff University (July 2019)

'Shitlibs and soyboys': Identity construction overlap in racist and misogynistic discourses online

Teaching

I am currently tutoring on the Reading and Writing in the Digital Age (RWDA) module.

Thesis

Argumentation strategies employed by online right-wing extremists in the reframing of rape and sexual assault.

Funding source

ESRC

Amanda Potts

Dr Amanda Potts

Senior Lecturer

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