Research Students Summer Conference 2021: Call for papers

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RESEARCH IN A CHANGING WORLD
Middlesex University – 23 June 2021

The Middlesex University Research Students Summer Conference (RSSC) is an annual event for research students here at Middlesex. This year it will be a virtual conference to showcase the research being carried out by research students across the Faculties and our Collaborative Partner Institutions. It is an opportunity to share ideas, create fruitful collaborations and celebrate research.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Research in a Changing World’. We invite students from any discipline to submit abstracts which consider this theme and how it interacts with your research area. Students at any stage of their research are encouraged to submit, and prizes are awarded for the best presentations!

The conference will include the following types of participation. Please indicate in your abstract the method of presentation:

  • Presentation
  • Poster
  • Performance
  • Video screening with commentary

Submission guidelines: https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study/types/research-at-middlesex/research-student-conference

Submission is now open and will close at 5pm on Tuesday 6th April 2021.

Key dates

  • Submission of abstract opens: now!
  • Submission of abstract closes: 5pm Tuesday 6th April 2021
  • Confirmation of presentation: May 2021
  • Conference: 23 June 2021

Additional information and updates will be posted on the ‘MDX Research Students’ Facebook page and the Twitter Handle @MUResearchStudy. Tweet about the conference using the hashtag #MDXsummerconf21.

Research Students’ Summer Conference Organising Committee

Language and Communication Research Seminars 2017-18

We are beyond excited to announce the line-up of speakers for our 2017-18 Language and Communication Research Seminars at our Hendon Campus:

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The Language and Communication Research Seminars are free and open to all staff, students and guests. For any questions or if you would like to lead a session, contact Anna Charalambidou.

Emerging Research in English

 

Yesterday we had our first ever event jointly organised by the ‘Language & Communication’ and ‘Promotional Cultures’ research clusters.

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Our PhD candidates talked about aspects of their ever evolving research projects. These are the titles of the presentations:

  • Salim Bouherar:  “Idiom teaching and understanding: A first language or imperial culture?”
  • Narmina Fataliyeva: “Linguistic and extra linguistic factors regulating the synonym choice in political discourse”
  • Benoît Leclercq (pictured above): “Understanding the concept of semantics in relevance theory”
  • Tatjana Milosavljevic: ”Neoliberal Britain in Black British cultural production of the 1980s”
  • Kyu Hyun Park: “Speech production in intercultural communication”
  • Ramona Pistol: “Metaphor and metarepresentation’

We could have kept discussing the projects for hours, but unfortunately had to leave the room at 5pm, as it was booked for another event. Undeterred, we continued the conversation at the beautifully decorated Atrium of the College Building.

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Looking for inspiration on PhD topics?

If you are looking for inspiration for a PhD topic in English, here’s what our current PhD students are up to.

In a recent round table discussion, our current PhD students discussed with each other their doctoral projects. I was impressed both by the fascinating topics and novel approaches but also by the interesting questions our students asked each other.

Here are the topics of some of our current research candidates in language, linguistics and literature:

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How can you teach English idioms to learners of English as a foreign language? Salim proposes that this should be done through the medium of learners’ home culture.

  • Do you say ‘napkin’ or ‘serviette’?

Narmina is looking at the factors that affect choices between synonyms.

  • This government is a parasite

Are some metaphors easier to understand than others? Ramona explores the (different) systems through which we process metaphors, employing Relevance Theory.

  • Neoliberalism promises meritocracy, upward social mobility, and individual freedoms. Surely it’s a good thing, then!

Tatjana explores the subversion and containment of neoliberal ideology in Black British fiction from the 80s to present day.

  • Do you change the way you speak when addressing ‘foreigners’?

Kyu looks at how speakers adjust their language when they understand their interlocutor as a member of the same or a different culture, employing approaches from pragmatics.

  • ‘If you spoil Star Wars for  me, I will Imperial March my way over to you.’

Do we employ semantic or pragmatics processes to understand ‘imperial march’ in this tweet? Benoit argues that Construction Grammar and Relevance Theory are in fact complementary perspectives and help us understand the semantics-pragmatic interface.

Can’t wait to see how all these projects evolve!