Newcastle Critical Discourse Group

Critical Discourse Group

Newcastle Critical Discourse Group (NCDG) is a research group previously organised by staff at Newcastle University and Northumbria University. Under the broad umbrella of Critical Discourse Studies, the group aims to address issues concerning the relationships between language, politics, media and culture. The group was initially run by co-organisers Dr. John Richardson, Dr. Christopher Hart and Dr. Majid KhosraviNik. It is currently run by Dr. Majid KhosraviNik and Dr. Darren Kelsey at Newcastle University. The group hosts a range of speakers to present innovative research and encourage constructive discussion. Staff and post-graduate students from all disciplines concerned with language and society are welcome.

NCDG aspires to be an interdisciplinary group, facilitating discussion on all aspects of Critical Discourse Studies. The group includes members from institutions across the UK, including the editors and board members of the journals CDS (Critical Discourse Studies) and CADAAD (Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines). It endeavours to bring together an interdisciplinary community of internal and external researchers, including postgraduate students, from adjacent fields, including but not limited to linguistics, media and cultural studies, politics, journalism, history, etc. The group therefore welcomes and encourages critical studies of texts and discourses from various theoretical and methodological perspectives and on a variety of socio-political issues. For more information please contact or 

The group is co-ordinated by Soudeh Ghaffari and Sarah Hill. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Soudeh Ghaffari has recently gained her PhD in Discourse Studies at Lancaster University, UK. Her research interests lie at the intersection of language, culture, media and religion. By adopting interdisciplinary approaches, she has been examining contemporary discourses of (national) identity through symbolic apparatus of religion and media in the context of Shi’a majority Iranian nation and beyond. At the moment, she is an adjunct lecturer at Newcastle University while pursuing research on migration, gender and representation of (ethnic, religious minorities) identity in both mass and digital media.

Sarah Hill is an Early Career Academic Fellow in Media, Culture, Heritage at Newcastle University with a particualr interest in discourses of girlhood. Her PhD (UEA, 2016) explored constructions of young femininity in contemporary British cinema. She is currently researching disabled girls’ online self-representation practices and her work has appeared in the journal Girlhood Studies.