The dynamic collaboration between researchers in the field of Language and Communication Studies and the field of American Studies at UEA is leading new developments in Area Studies. We focus on deepening understanding of human cultures and communities, their linguistic, historical and literary transformations through our ground breaking, interdisciplinary research in intercultural communication. At the heart of our work is the examination of questions of power and of ways that identity becomes culturally inscribed in formations such as nation, language, history and aesthetic practices.
Research is organised in four thematic, inter-related, interdisciplinary groups with regional or community focus, all with core commitment to challenging conventional disciplinary thinking and expanding global perspectives.
These interdisciplinary research groups are organised under conceptual theme headings:
The research undertaken and in progress displays dynamic international and national academic collaborations, strongly effective linking of research to action, to policy development and to implemented change in local, community and business spheres. It garners wide and diverse support from academic, foundation, local and national organisation sources.
The research has demonstrated impact on civil society, cultural heritage, intercultural communication, legal contexts and public discourse, benefiting professionals (film-makers, interpreters, lawyers, police, teachers), communities facing particular intercultural challenges (native communities, immigrants), and the general public (children, visitors to special events).