"Brexit Britain": How do British political documents and pro-Brexit newspapers construct British, EU and extra-European identities in Brexit-related immigration discourse?
My PhD thesis is the first corpus-assisted critical discourse study to provide a holistic overview of the construction of British, European and international identities in UK government documents, pro-Brexit newspapers and public opinion between February 2016 and December 2019. I use key semantic domain analysis and critical discourse analysis to examine patterns in the content and linguistic expression of national identity discourses across media and political discourses. I then use qualitative interviewing and narrative analysis to examine the stories through which interviewees negotiate their national identities. I draw on concepts from political science, history, sociology and European studies to determine whether there is a shared way of talking about Britishness, Europeanness and “extra-Europeanness” in Brexit Britain.
[Forthcoming] Parnell, T. (2022). “If anyone has a problem with identity, it’d be them”: Constructing Britain and Europe in press, politics, and public opinion. International PhD Colloquium in Interdisciplinary Critical Discourse Studies, University of Liverpool. June. Postponed due to Covid-19.
[Forthcoming] Parnell, T. (2022). "I still felt British": Negotiating Brexit-related identities through stories. Language, Ideology and Power research group. Lancaster University. 3 February. [Invited talk].
Parnell, T. (2021). "I still felt British": Negotiating Brexit-related identities through stories. Identity, Inequality and the Media in Brexit-COVID-19-Britain. University of Exeter. 10 November.
Parnell, T. (2021). "I still felt British": Negotiating Brexit-related identities through stories. Trent Language Sandwich. Nottingham Trent University. 3 November. [Invited talk]
Parnell, T. (2021). Imagining Europe in the pro-Brexit press (2016- 2019): a diachronic analysis of representation and socio-political agenda. 27th International Conference of Europeanists. Online. 25 June.
Parnell, T. (2021). Constructing the "acceptable EU migrant" in the UK Government's Brexit-related documents. Approaches to Migration, Language and Identity. University of Sussex. Online. 9 June.
Parnell, T. (2021). 'A nation divided? Constructing Britain in the pro-Brexit British press, 2018–2019.' University of Sussex, MA module 'Language and Culture'. 12 February. [Invited talk].
Parnell, T. (2021). Representing Britain and Europe in the pro-Brexit British press, 2016-2019. Presented at: University of Nottingham School of English Postgraduate Research Symposium. Online. 22 January.
Parnell, T. (2021). United or Divided? Exploring the construction of Britishness in the pro-Brexit press and its socio-political implications. Presented at: Discourse and Politics Seminar Series 2021. Online. 11 January.
Parnell, T. (2020). From union to disunion: a diachronic analysis of national identity construction in the pro-Brexit press (2016-2019). Presented at: Created Identities Conference. Online. 5 September.
Parnell, T. (2020). 'Plotting', 'Robbing', 'Revolting': Remainers and national identity in the pro-Brexit press. Presented at: Corpora and Discourse International Conference. Online. 18 June.
Parnell, T. (2020). Identity, language and discourse. Presented at: AHRC/ESRC roundtable discussion. University of Nottingham. 20 February.
[Forthcoming] Panel chair: 'Panel name TBC'. Chaired at: School of English Research Symposium. 21 January 2022.
Panel chair: 'Texts, journalism and society in context'. Chaired at: Midlands4Cities Digital Research Festival 2021. Online. 8 June 2021.
Panel chair: 'Political (mis)information and concluding remarks'. Chaired at: Discourse and Politics Seminar Series 2021. Online. 8 March 2021.
Panel chair: 'Social movements'. Chaired at: Discourse and Politics Seminar Series 2021. Online. 8 February 2021.
Panel chair: 'Brexit'. Chaired at: Discourse and Politics Seminar Series 2021. Online. 11 January 2021.
Panel chair: 'Constructing and exploring social identities'. Chaired at: Languages, Texts and Society 4th Conference: The Researcher's Journey. Online. 12 June 2020.
Registration helper: LAGB Conference 2021. September 2021.
Co-organiser: Midlands4Cities Research Festival. Online. 7-11 June 2021.
Co-organiser: Discourse and Politics Seminar Series 2021. Online. January - March 2021.
Programme advisor: University of Nottingham's School of English Postgraduate Research Symposium. January 2019.
Organiser: The Media Conference 2017. [Media and journalism conference with 70+ delegates as part of my role as Editor-in-Chief of Impact magazine].
Public Engagement & Impact
As the activities below indicate, I am passionate about amplifying postgraduate student voices in higher education. I am interested in all aspects of academic publishing, from peer review to production. I have been involved in designing, writing and editing various student-focused magazines and journals since 2015. I have experience teaching at all levels of undergraduate study.
- Passed PRINCE2 Foundation exam.
- Teaching Affiliate for Liberal Arts, University of Nottingham.
- Hourly paid lecturer for English Language and Linguistics, De Montfort University.
Other Research Interests
- Corpus linguistics (specifically CADS and key semantic domain analysis)
- Critical discourse analysis (political and media discourses)
- Identity construction
- Nationalism; populism; migration discourses
- Storytelling and narratives in interviews
- "Lay discourses" about political events
- Discursive and social exclusion; polarisation
- Mixed methods and interdisciplinarity
- Academic editing and publishing
- Student membership, British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL).
- Student membership, University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES).
- Student membership, Political Studies Association (PSA).
- Student membership, Linguistics Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (LAGB).
- Individual membership, Council for European Studies (CES).
- Fully-funded PhD in Applied Linguistics (Midlands4Cities, 2019-2023).
- MA English Studies Scholarship (University of Nottingham School of English, in conjunction with the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics, 2018-2019).
- University Prize (Awarded at my BA graduation in 2017).
- Best Undergraduate Dissertation (School of English, University of Nottingham, 2017).
- Best Student (School of English, University of Nottingham, 2017).
- Bond Literary Essay Prize (School of English, University of Nottingham, 2017).
- School of English Prize for the Best Single Honours Part I Student (2015-16).
Non-academic prizes and nominations
- Regional Award for Best Investigation in the Midlands (Student Publication Awards, Nov 2017).
- Union Prize (University of Nottingham Students' Union, Jun 2017).
- Best Magazine Design, Impact Magazine (Student Publication Awards, 2017).
- Under my chiefship, Impact Magazine was nominated for 11 awards at the 2017 Student Publication Awards - a record for the magazine. The nominations included: Best Publication, Best Website, Best News Story, Best Reporter and Best Comment Piece.
- Best News Story (Student Publication Awards, 2017).
- Best Feature (Student Publication Awards, 2016).
- Co-applicant: PRINCE2 Foundation Training, funded by Midlands4Cities. Awarded c. £15,000.
Hourly paid part-time lecturer for English Language and Linguistics, De Monfort University. Spring semester, 2022.
- Teaching second-year and third-year students on the modules Semantics and Language, Mind and Culture
- Lecture and seminar plans & delivery
- Office hours for pastoral support and feedback on work
- Marking work
Teaching Affiliate for Liberal Arts, University of Nottingham. Autumn semester, 2021-22.
- Teaching first-year undergraduates on the core module Introduction to Liberal Arts
- Marking undergraduate work
- Office hours for pastoral support and feedback on work
- Seminar plans
Teaching Affiliate for English Language and Linguistics, University of Nottingham. Summer term, 2021.
- Marking undergraduate essays