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Dr Melani Schroeter

Dr Melani Schroeter
Job Title:
Associate Professor



I usually teach a part of the 1st Year "Icons of Modern Germany"and/or "Texts and Genres" module.  In Year 2, I teach the optional module  "The World of Words: German Lexicology and Word Formation".  In the final year, I teach the optional module  "Migration in Germany".  I also do a small but regular amount of teaching and supervision in the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics.

I am the Modern Languages Director for Teaching and Learning as well as German Studies Programme Director.

Areas of Interest

My main area of interest is Critical Discourse Analysis, investigating most of all Geman political discourse and media discourse.  A current main area of research relates to key words in public/political discourse. I am particularly interested in comparing the use of discourse key words across different languages, partly following on from an AHRC Developing Research Networking Grant in 2012.  Related to this area of research is my interest in the use of German Nazi vocabulary in other languages.

After having published a monograph about Silence and Concealment in Political Discourse in 2013, I am still very much interested in phenomena of silence and absence in discourse and communication; see here for the related blog: I have also done some work on defiant discourses, based on a substantial corpus of German punk lyrics.

Postgraduate supervision:

I am happy to supervise research students in any of my areas of interest as mirrored in my teaching and research activities. I currently (co-)supervise the following PhD students:

Sophie Payne (Modern Languages): Representations of Modern Feminist Protest Groups

Lubna Bahammam (English Language and Applied Linguistics): Investigating the Language of Male and Female Social Media Users in Saudi Arabia

Heike Bruton (Institute of Education): The Discursive Representation of German as a School Subject in the UK

Badriyah Yusof (English Language and Applied Linguistics): Brunei-British Political Discourse 1847-1959

Research groups / Centres

1. Language, Text and Power

2. Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sprache in der Politik

3. Interdisciplinary Network Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change

4. Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relation

5. Forum for Germanic Languages

6. Centre for East German Studies


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  • MA German, English & History (University of Leipzig, Germany)
  • PhD German Linguistics (University of Leipzig, Germany)
  • PG Certificate in Academic Practice (University of Reading)
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