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Dr Melani Schroeter – University of Reading

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Dr Melani Schroeter

Dr Melani Schroeter
Job Title:
Associate Professor



Over the past years since joining Modern Languages at Reading in 2007, I have taught various topics across the German Studies curriculum. I currently teach the Part 2 optional module "The World of Words: German Lexicology and Word Formation" and the Final Year optional module "Migration in Germany". Due to my research background in linguistics and discourse analysis, I also undertake a small but regular amount of teaching or supervision in the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics.


Areas of Interest

My main area of interest is Critical Discourse Analysis, investigating most of all German political discourse and media discourse. I am particularly interested in how silence gets used to communicate and in how people make sense of silence and absence of communication, especially in the public sphere. In 2013 published a monograph “Silence and Concealment in Political Discourse” (John Benjamins) and in 2018 a co-edited volume “Exploring Silence and Absence in Discourse: Empirical Approaches” (Palgrave Macmillan). I currently investigate the anti-political correctness discourse so tirelessly perpetuated by the German New Right. I look at the wider context of reasoning about public discourse as well as, within this context, the strategic aims of the New Right’s claims to be silenced and forbidden to speak out.

Besides this, I am interested in the history and discourses of German popular music, in particular subcultures. I have also done an amount of research on corpus-assisted comparative analysis of keywords in European migration discourses as well as relating to the discursive appropriation of German loanwords, particularly Nazi vocabulary, into English.


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:

Badriyah Yusof (English Language and Applied Linguistics): Brunei-British Political Discourse 1847-195 (ongoing)

Lubna Bahammam (English Language and Applied Linguistics): Gendered Discourses of Twitter-Hashtagged Debates about Saudi-Women’s Issues (passed viva)

Sophie Payne (Modern Languages): Representations of Contemporary Feminist Protest in Germany and the UK (completed)

Heike Krüsemann (Institute of Education): Language Learning Motivation and the Discursive Representations of German, the Germans, and Germany in UK School Settings and the Press (completed)


Research groups / Centres

1. Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism, University of Reading:

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 Language Studies 6. East German Studies Archive



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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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