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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

Kate Mitchell, Senior Lecturer in Italian Culture and Gender, is holding on online launch of her latest book Gender, Writing, Spectatorships: Evenings at the Theatre, Opera, and Silent Screen in Late Nineteenth-Century Italy and Beyond (Routledge, 2022) on April 28  (Thu) 3-4:30pm.

Kate will present a talk on her book, followed by a Q&A chaired by Esperanza Miyake.

You can register for the event here:


The University of Strathclyde and the Alasdair Gray Archive, in partnership with the Glasgow School of Art, the University of Western Brittany (HCTI), Aix-Marseille Universite (LERMA), Edge Hill University, the University of Lausanne and the Tannahill Fund for the Furtherance of Scottish Literature, are organising the 2nd International Alasdair Gray Conference.

The conference will take place on 16-17 June 2022 at the University of Strathclyde.

This two-day interdisciplinary conference entitled "Making Imagined Objects" will examine the nature, value and legacy of Alasdair Gray's artistic output, considering his literary work and his visual practice, and the relationship between the two in Gray's oeuvre.

Find out more and register here:


Communication, language & translation coordinator