Soft Power Analysis and Resource Centre
Research into Global Power, Inequality and Conflict (RGPIC)
Exploring the interaction between language and culture
In our world-class research we investigate the role of languages in cultural identities, and their impact on linguistic and literary products in social life.
International Studies is home to specialists in a variety of research areas, some unique to Macquarie, who are sought-after for their expertise locally and internationally. Our research in language studies and literary studies is considered ‘world standard’ (ERA).
Through the nexus between language and culture we explore a diverse range of multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary areas, publishing in multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies. Some research focuses on language and translation, while other researchers study cultural productions such as literature, film and performance in national and transnational contexts.
Learn how our research aligns with the Faculty's specific research focus on Societal Transformation via the following research streams.
Modes of communication
- Literature, film and theatre in specific languages and through intercultural interactions.
- Applied Linguistics, such as language teaching methodology, corpus-based language teaching research, and computer assisted language acquisition. This area is proudly affiliated with Professor Martina Möllering, Executive Dean and member of the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU).
- Impact of globalisation, migration and the colonial process on cultural identities.
- Historical and anthropological studies in specific linguistic, cultural and sociopolitical contexts.
Ethics, governance and justice
- Cultural productions and socio-political issues like justice and human rights in Australia, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Francophone Pacific.
I started my MRes journey with a couple of vague research ideas and my enthusiasm for second language acquisition. I ended it with a coherent thesis, a couple of dozen new research ideas and an insatiable curiosity about cultures and communication.
Last updated: 17 Dec 2019