Societal impact

English Linguistics in Everyday Life: Tips and Tricks for Achieving Societal Impact

Organizer: Karen Corrigan (Newcastle University)

This workshop will be led by Karen Corrigan (President-Elect of ISLE), ( Her research in English linguistics has generated a range of what might be termed ‘societal’ as well as ‘academic’ ‘impacts’ which are deemed to be an increasingly important outcome of scholarship supported by public funding. Each session within the workshop will feature a case study from an invited speaker that focuses on the concept of ‘societal impact’ and demonstrates the tangible benefits arising from their research across diverse areas of English Linguistics. The workshop overall will consider four specific questions:

  • How has ‘societal impact’ been perceived within higher education sectors across the globe, taking account of the extent to which this view of research is driven by political agendas?
  • What characterises excellent ‘societal impact’ in English Linguistics?
  • What issues arise when attempting to record and measure impacts of different types?
  • What is considered best practice for capturing the types of impact that have a measurable effect on or bring about benefits or changes to culture, communities, the economy, the environment, health, public policy or services, or quality of life beyond academia in its broadest sense?


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12:00 – 12:30 Karen Corrigan (Newcastle University, UK)

Welcome and introduction to tips and tricks

12:40 – 13:10 Natalie Braber (Nottingham Trent University)

Raising awareness of language as heritage

13:10 – 14:10 Break
14:10 – 14:40 Sari Pietikäinen (University of Jyväskylä)

Speculative design: co-producing knowledge

14:50 – 15:20 Camille Biros (University of Grenoble)

Societal impact of climate change discourse analysis

15:20 – 15:40 Break
15:40 – 16:10 Fiona Douglas, Rosemary Hall & Sarah Hughes (Leeds University)

Achieving impact through collaboration

16:20 – 16:50 William A. Kretzschmar, Jr. (University of Georgia & Uppsala University)

Roswell voices             

16:55 – 17:30 Coffee Break with Open Discussion