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Overview

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

Research interests

Research


My main research interests include:



  • online hate speech

  • digital narratives and online discourses

  • corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis (CADS)

  • 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




  • Invited speaker - The Forensic Linguistics Research Group (FORGE)


Lancaster University (Feburary 2020)


The Reframing of Rape in Extremist Online Discourses




  • Corpora and Discourse International Conference 2020


University of Sussex (online) (June 2020)


Using CADS to uncover how right-wing extremists generate an alternative rape culture in online narratives


(Award: Project addressing the most socially relevant topic by a student researcher)

Teaching

Undergraduate modules I've tutored on:



  • Developing English

  • Reading and Writing in the Digital Age (RWDA)




Thesis

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

Funding source

ESRC

Supervisors

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Dr Amanda Potts

Senior Lecturer

Publications

Areas of expertise