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Staff Profiles

Dr Majid Khosravinik

Senior Lecturer in Digital Media & Discourse Studies

Background

I am a Senior Lecturer in Digital Media & Discourse Studies; teaching and researching the intersection of participatory web, discourse, society & politics. My research trajectory is comprises of theorisation, characterisation and adaptations of discourse studies in various digital media practices on a range of topics including the intersection of social media discourses and (national/ethnic/gender/group etc.) identity, digital populism, immigration/racism/nationalism, political communication & post-politics, Self and Other presentation, digital public spheres, discourses of cyber terrorism, online misogyny, social media Techno-Discursive Design, algorithmic regimentation of meaning making contents etc. A as a general encapsulation, I am interested in the interplay of media(tion) technologies/affordances of representation, discourse and politics, specifically on participatory digital media. Google Scholar 

Before joining Newcastle, I held lectureship and research positions at Northumbria and Lancaster University where I did my PhD research in critical discourse studies. I have been involved in the ESRC funded research project RASIM, researching the representation of migrants in the Britain see. My co-edited volume on Right wing populism was published in 2013. My research on representations in discourses of Iran's nuclear programme was published in 2015 by John Benjamins as 'Discourse, Identity and Legitimacy'. See also  My new book Social Media, Discourse and Politics is to be published by Bloomsbury in 2018.

I am currently concentrated on developing a model under the rubric of Social Media Critical Discourse Studies (SM-CDS). This involves a drastic interdisciplinary examination of theoretical and methodological issues and challenges of applying a discourse analytical approach to digital participatory contexts i.e. social media including major case studies on discourses of national identity in the Middle East i.e. Arabism See also. Most recently, I have been developing the notion of Techno-Discursive Design in social media whereby algorithmic regimentation of content and practices are theorised as fundamental contexts of new dynamic of discursive practice and politics. Together with integration of research in Affects, Big Data, politics of democratisation and populism, I am exploring the critical implications of shifts in discourse formation and consumption in new media and the wider consequences for fundamentals of conceptual understanding of politics and democracy in both late-capitalist context of the western as well as developing contexts.  

I am a founder and convenor  Newcastle Critical Discourse Group and a board member in Journal of Language and Politics and Critical Discourse Studies (Review Editor) while co-editing Journalism & Discourse Studies.    

I have taught on a wide range of subjects at UG, PG and PhD levels in British HE context for more than 12 years. This includes modules on Digital Discourses & Identity, Critical Discourse Studies, (Digital) Politics, Power and Communication, Analysing Media, Research Methodologies, Advertising Production and Texts, and TV Studies etc. Within the past few years, my teaching has been concentrated on teaching Digital Discourses & Identity and Politics, Power and Communication in addition to BA/MA/PhD supervisions. 

I lead on several PhD and post-doc projects on relevant areas. I am interested in supervising/leading research projects including PhDs, post-docs, fellowships and grant applications drawing on Social Media Critical Discourse Studies at the intersection of social media and society on a range of topics including but not limited to social/political identities, participatory web and immigration, refugees & asylum seekers, digital identities, fake news, political campaigns on participatory web, digital fascism/nationalism/racism, politics of social media and algorithms, youth, empowerment and digital politics, digital representation and regimentation in international conflicts esp. the Middle East, interplay of digital media and political institutions etc.

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Research


intersection of social media discourses and (national/ethnic/gender/group etc.) identity, digital populism, immigration/racism/nationalism, political communication & post-politics, Self and Other presentation, digital public spheres, discourses of cyber terrorism, online misogyny, social media Techno-Discursive Design, algorithmic regimentation of meaning making contents etc. A as a general encapsulation, I am interested in the interplay of media(tion) technologies/affordances of representation, discourse and politics, specifically on participatory digital media. 

Teaching

Undergraduate: MCH3085: Digital Discourses & Identity; MCH3077: Politics, Power and Communication; MCH3072/3073 UG Dissertation in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies

Postgraduate: MCH8177: Politics, Power and Communication; MCH8058: Methodologies: Researching Media, Culture and Society; MCH8199/8299 PGT Dissertation in Media.

BA/MA/PhD supervisions.  


Publications