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Ana Kedveš

I am a doctoral student at Centre for Applied Linguistics (CAL), University of Warwick.

Prior to starting my PhD in 2014, I have earned a double-major Masters degree in English Philology and Pedagogy from the University of Osijek in Croatia, and I am currently finishing an Advanced Master programme in European Studies (AMES), majoring in Regional Cooperation and European Integration.

Before coming to Warwick, I have worked in education and project management in both public and civil sector, and, as a Managing Board member of PRONI Centre for Social Education and Eurodesk contributor, I am still active in developing youth informing polices in Croatia. In 2014, under the mentorship of Dr Zora Popova, I have collaborated with the European Centre for Minority Issues on the project “Media and Diversity”, aimed at mapping minorities’ media and analysing current trends in majority-minorities relations across the CoE/OSCE states.


My doctoral research project, supervised by Dr Sue Wharton and supported by ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and the Frankopan Fund, focuses on the anti-minority discourse of the campaign started in 2013 by the group “In the name of the family”, which resulted in first citizens-initiated referendum and a change in the definition of marriage in the Croatian Constitution. Within the framework of corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis, I am exploring the media representations of key concepts and main social actors in the campaign and analysing the discursive practice leading to re-institutionalisation of the heteronormative model of marriage in Croatia.

I am also completing my AMES dissertation, supervised by Dr Nives Mazur Kumrić, in which I am investigating the representation of Roma minority in the media across the European Union, with particular focus on Croatia.

Generally, I am open to interdisciplinary approach and particularly interested in critical discourse studies, various perspectives of minorities issues and policies, and media and communication studies.



Recent conference presentations


Widening participation and outreach


As student at Warwick University, I had the opportunity to continue my pedagogical work in various widening participation programmes. Apart from assisting at various outreach events as Warwick Welcome Ambassador, I have led sessions within Student Progression Team, an intense widening participanion programme targeted at KS4 students in local schools, run by jointly by Warwick and Coventry University. I also have e-mentored students within nation-wide Realising Opportunities programme, helping them prepare for university applications and fully realise their academic and personal potential.

Since Spring term 2015 I have been working with The Brilliant Club, a charity promoting fair access to highly-selective universities by placing PhD students and post-docs into non-selective state schools. Within their Scholars Programme I have designed an interdisciplinary course titled Combating Online Hate Speech and Cyberbullying: What can we do? What should we do?.

Student community engagement

In August 2015 I have taken up the challenge of editing the PhD Life blog, based at Research Exchange, University of Warwick. It brings together researchers’ stories from Warwick, but other universities as well, aiming to create an interactive and friendly community, providing peer-support to its readers and contributors. Throughout the years, we all have ups and downs and, sometimes even without noticing, we pick up a lot of skills and valuable experience on how to manage the PhD process. Why not share this and each other make the most out of PhD?

Let me know if you would like to write a post, we always look forward to new contributors! Every PhD student has a different story to tell and we'd love to hear/read yours! :)


Finally, I am also one of the Undergraduate Community Engagement Assistants at Warwick's Library and, at Centre for Applied Linguistics, I am helping to set up CAL Doctoral Alumni Network, through which we are aiming to re-connect all the brilliant people who have completed their PhD at the Centre.


If you would like to get in touch, please do so by email A dot Kedves at warwick dot ac dot uk, through my profile or just drop by S0.31 in the Social Sciences building.

Apart from my research, I love to chat about youth work, travelling, books and food, and will always lend a sympathetic ear for weather complaints. :)

Ana Kedves

Ana KedveŇ°

University of Warwick
Centre for Applied Linguistics

A dot Kedves at warwick dot ac dot uk

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