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.
- Kedveš, A. (2016). Discursive Legitimation in Online Crowdfunding: A Study of Kickstarter Projects Promoting Human Rights. Globe: A Journal of Language, Culture and Communication, 3: 46-63.
- Schnurr, Stephanie, Wharton, Sue, Alansari, Suha, Angouri, Jo, Chimbwete Phiri, Rachel, Chiriatti, Teresa, Debray, Carolin, Efthymiadou, Christina, Hah, Sixian, Harrison, Tilly, Kedveš, Ana, Khamkhien, Attapol, Kim, Kyoung-mi, Mohd Omar, Nor Azikin, Nguyen, Thi Hong Nhung, Reissner-Roubicek, Sophie. (2016). Not so 'innocent' after all? Exploring corporate identity construction online. Discourse & Communication, 10(3), 291-313.
- Werkmann Horvat, A., Kedveš, A. (2015). Conversational Implicatures in the Croatian EFL Classroom. In S. Gesuato, F. Bianchi, & W. Cheng (eds.), Teaching, Learning and Investigating pragmatics. Principles, Methods and Practices. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 519-546.
- Kedveš, A. (2014). Man text decoder & We read hot girls’ minds: Headlines in ‘male’ and ‘female’ online magazines. In English Studies Today: Prospects and Perspectives, Z. Đergović-Joksimović, & S. Halupka-Rešetar (eds.). Novi Sad: Faculty of Philosophy. 77-90.
- Kedveš, A., & Werkmann, A. (2014). Romano Čaćipe: Headlines from the Margins. In Jezik, književnost, marginalizacija - Jezička istraživanja, Mišić-Ilić B. & V. Lopičić (eds.). Niš: Faculty of Philosophy. 183-197.
- Kedveš, A., & Werkmann, A. (2014). Zanaglasnice u nastavi hrvatskoga jezika–izmedu predodžbe i prakse. Rasprave: Časopis Instituta za hrvatski jezik i jezikoslovlje 39(2): 457-473.
- Kedveš, A. (2013). Face threatening acts and politeness strategies in summer school application calls. Jezikoslovlje, 14(2-3), 431-444.
- Kedveš, A. (2013). Ethnic Minorities in the Croatian Media. In ACTION PLAN – Multiculturalism: Trap or Chance?. Glied, V., Horvath, M., Kiss, L. & Pap Kr. (eds.). Budapest: Antall Jozsef Knowledge Centre, 27-30.
- Kedveš, A. (2012). Subversion of Religious Canon in Pullman’s His Dark Materials. SIC – A Journal of Literature, Culture and Literary Translation. 5 (1).
- Kedveš, A., Kovač, T., Werkmann, A. (2012). Stavovi srednjoškolaca o uporabnoj vrijednosti konceptualne metafore DOBRO je SVJETLOST. In Aktualna istraživanja u primijenjenoj lingvistici – Zbornik radova s 25. međunarodnog skupa HDPL-a. Pon, L. Karabalić, V. i Cimer S. (eds.), Osijek: HDPL, 2012. 529-543.
- Kedveš, A. (2011). Metodološki pristupi u pragmatičkim istraživanjima. Hrvatistika, 5(5), 99-110.
Recent conference presentations
- “Everything else is something different”: Online construction of marriage in the initiative “In the Name of the Family”. 6th Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines Conference, September 2016, Catania, Italy.
- Text reuse in online news reports: Implications for discourse analysis of small corpora. Corpus Linguistics in the South 10, November 2015, Cardiff, United Kingdom.
- “Positive People Backing Bright Ideas”: Legitimation Strategies in Online Crowdfunding for Human Rights. 1st International and interdisciplinary conference on discourse and communication in professional contexts, August 2015, Aalborg, Denmark.
- “Participate, No Hate”: Discursive strategies for youth mobilisation in “No Hate Speech” campaign. CERES Conference 2015 - The stubborn persistence of racism: confronting racial inequality through education and action, June 2015, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
- Discourse and Impact: Some Thoughts on Positive Discourse Analysis. iMean 4 @ Warwick: Language and Impact, April, 2015, Coventry, United Kingdom.
- “This is what positive change looks like”: Positive discourse analysis of “No Hate Speech” campaign blog. DN15: Discourses of Culture – Cultures of Discourse, March 2015, Belgrade, Serbia.
- Hammers, Tears and the Constitution: Discursive Legitimation Strategies in Anti-Cyrillic Protests in Croatia. Symposium “Economics, Linguistic Justice and Language Policy”, March 2015, Berlin, Germany.
- Critical Discourse Analysis of Croatian Online Media Reports on Student Mobility. Mobility & Language – VERBAL, Annual Conference of Austrian Linguistics (ÖLT), November 2013, Salzburg, Austria.
- “Beauty Is (Beyond) Make Up”: Critical Discourse Analysis of UK Beauty Community. 6th Encounters of Semantics and Pragmatics (RSP6), July 2013, Orléans, France.
- Conversational Implicatures in Croatian EFL Classroom. Pragmatics on the go – Teaching and learning about pragmatics: principles, methods and practices, June 2013, Padua, Italy.
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.
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. :)