January 29, 2019

Through this talk, I explore the relations between language and power in and behind the variety of contemporary texts encountered in our daily lives. By introducing critical literacies and applying discourse analytical techniques to a range of texts, I analyse the language and choices a writer makes in composing and organizing texts to represent the world and position the reader. I propose adopting a critical approach to question and challenge attitudes, values, and beliefs that lie beneath the surface of a text.   In other words, developing critical awareness is the key to effective writing in the digital age.

Dr. Preet Hiradhar is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English at  Lingnan University in Hong Kong. With a background in technology-mediated language education, she researches technology and digital discourses in linguistic, literary, and cultural texts. She is the co-author of Critical Reading and Writing in the Digital Age (Routledge, 2016) and is currently working on a research project on multimodal representations and cultural identities in online spaces.