This week’s Fellow Spotlight is Senior Fellow, Dr Carmen Aguilera-Carnerero, lecturer of Linguistics at the Department of English and German Philology at the University of Granada, Spain.
Current research projects
“Nutcracker: System of detection, monitorization and analysis of online terrorist discourse”, 2016-2020 supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, and the European Union FEDER funds and “Formal representation of an ontology on Criminal Law and its integration in a database for the knowledge and understanding of natural language” supported by the FEDER funds, 2014-2020. She also takes part in the Bridge Initiative at the University of Georgetown.
As a vocational linguist, her postdoctoral research focuses on two main areas: the study of social media —and by extension the Internet— as the most suitable communicative environment to host polarized narratives and spread radicalized discourses and the linguistic and discursive structures of hate speech in their different realisations: textual, visual or multimodal.
In the last years, these two main areas of research have crystallised in different publications on the study of extreme speech particularly on:
“Islamophobia no, Islamonausea: the many faces of cyber hate speech” Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, volume 9, number 1, 2016, pp. 21-40. Read here.
“The Cyber-Discourse of Inclusion and Marginalisation: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Muslims in Ireland and Northern Ireland on Twitter 2010-2014”, Irishness on the margins. Minority and Dissident Identities, London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018, pp. 193-215. Read here.
Online extreme speech in post-war Sri Lanka:
“In Sri Lanka, Cartoonists Take on the Government and the Alt-Right” in Ledig, Eviane (ed.) “Mainstreaming the Global Radical Right”, Ibidem Verlag, 2020, pp. 358-361. Read here
“Islamophobia in Sri Lanka or the Sterilisation Obsession” in Ledig, E. (ed.) The Radical Right during crisis. CARR Yearbook, Ibidem Verlag, 2021. Read here
“’Who wants to sterilise the Sinhalese?’ Extreme speech online in postwar Sri Lanka” in Chiluwa, I. (ed.). Discourse and Conflict. London: Palgrave, McMillan (forthcoming in 2021).
The semiotics of violence:
“On heroes and enemies: Visual polarization in the propaganda magazines of the Islamic State” in Fidalgo-Llamas, L. and E. Morales-López (eds.) Socio-political polarization and conflict: discursive approaches. London: Routledge (forthcoming in 2021)
The multimodal construction of online polarised discourse:
“Is a new style of politics coming to Spain?”, in Allchorn, W. (ed.) Tracking the rise of the radical right globally. CARR Yearbook 2018- 2019. Sttutgart: Ibiden Verlag, 2019, 109-113. Read here.
“The Spanish Radical Right, COVID-19 and the socio-communism” (with Barbará Molas) in Bar-On, T. & Molas, B. (eds.) COVID-19 and the Radical Right, 2020, Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag. Read here.
The discourse of graffiti as micro-act of daily resistance.
“Urban Wall monologues: A Critical Discourse Analysis of graffiti in Granada” in Furkó, P. et al. (eds.) Fuzzy Boundaries in Discourse Studies: Theoretical, Methodological and Lexico-Grammatical Fuzziness. London: Palgrave Mc Millan, 2019, pp. 77-109. Read here.
She wrote the Islamophobia report for Spain in 2016, 2017 and 2018, of which the last one was presented in the European Parliament in January 2019, as well as the report “The construction of national identity through online discourse” (co-authored with Halik Azeez) funded by the USAID program and NCEASL.
To find out more about Dr Carmen Aguilera-Carnerero, please visit her CARR profile page.