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Sarah Bennett

PhD Researcher, Faculty of Arts

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Teaching Summary

My professional background is in English Language Teaching (ELT). I am currently a British Council Aptis examiner and undertake short-term contracts in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) teaching in… read more

Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (full-time) - currently registered

Research Topic

Conspiracy Theories

Research Summary

My doctoral research focuses on the contentious and increasingly prevalent rhetoric of conspiracy theories. Neither pathologising and ridiculing, nor lauding as the path to truth, I aim to firmly transcend such bias. My research positions the explanations as a timeless rhetoric, constantly morphing in response to the ebbs and tides of cultural change, inviting the reader/ listener to become active primarily through assessing their plausibility. Through the lens of critical discourse analysis (and cognitive stylistics), I intend to address how issues pertaining to morality and power are represented in conspiracy theories and, in turn, how this implicates the reader/ listener to accept, reject or merely entertain a particular narrative.

Research Supervisors

Prof. Peter Stockwell

Dr. Kevin Harvey

My professional background is in English Language Teaching (ELT). I am currently a British Council Aptis examiner and undertake short-term contracts in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) teaching in universities alongside my PhD research.

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