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Society & PolicyCommunication, Language and Translation

This sub-theme brings together academics across the University investigating Communication, Language and Translation. We combine multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural theoretical and methodological approaches with the study of print and social media, film, celebrity culture, literature, linguistics, politics and memory, seeking to better understand the critical complexities and opportunities inherent our new world of borders and markets.

We collaborate with a range of international partners, including Glasgow Life, the National Museums Scotland, the Glasgow Film Theatre, the Glasgow Women’s Library, and The Herald, to develop our work in Social MediaPolitical CommunicationsGender & MediaLiterary LinguisticsModern Languages and Translation Studies.

We have held a number of national and international research-based and practice-oriented events, and have supervised PhD students in film, women politicians in the Scottish media, body image and the media, innovative storytelling, and more.

Recent research grants

Our research has attracted various national and international external funding, including:

  • RSE grant on Scottish and European Exchanges Then (1780-1914) and Now (Dr Katharine Mitchell)
  • British Academy Small Research Grant on Divas and Spectators in Nineteenth Century Italy (Dr Katharine Mitchell)
  • RSE grant on Tackling Gender Inequalities in Scottish News (Professor Karen Boyle and Dr Sallyanne Duncan)
  • AHRC-funded large grant on Fandom, Media and Gender in Scotland’s ‘National’ Game (Professor Karen Boyle)  
  • British Council grant on refugees and health communication (Dr Petya Eckler)
  • Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland grant on Language, Mediation and the Belsen Relief Effort (Dr Sharon Deane-Cox)
  • RSE grant on Translating Scotland’s Heritage (Dr Sharon Deane-Cox)
  • Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship on Epiphanies in Literature: A Psychological and Literary Linguistic Account (Professor Nigel Fabb)

Our activities

We have worked in a number of school, community, policy and cultural settings to contribute to, and inform, the teaching and understanding of society. Our activities include:

  • Organising workshops and seminars
  • Developing international collaborations and networks
  • Working with museums, arts organisations, and libraries
  • Hosting the Language Ambassadors Programme
  • Collaborating with policy makers
  • Working with journalists to improve their professional practices
  • Hosting readings and other public events
  • Mentoring vulnerable young people in secondary schools

Our research and outreach experience continuously feeds into our various Masters programmes. We currently run the following Masters courses:

Upcoming Events

Covid Conversations: Imagining New Futures in Scotland
Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 2.30-4.30pm

Health Communication in the UK Unconference: Current Trends and Future Directions
Thursday, 27th May 2021, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Communication, language & translation coordinator