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Miss Ahlem Faraoun

Post:Research student (Sociology)
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I am an interdisciplinary scholar interested in bridging social theory, linguistics and political science. My PhD thesis explores utopian rhetoric in the political discourse of technocracy and social progress. I am using rhetorical and semantic analysis as a methodological approach. My project is jointly supervised by Prof. Dean Wilson and Dr. Tony Roberts.

I have a background in theoretical and applied linguistics, literary criticism, cultural studies and political philosophy. My Master's dissertation applied Gramsci's theory of cultural hegemony in the analysis of a contemporary novel, looking at how the ideological structures of hegemony expand from a domestic to an international level within the novel's narrative structure. This led me to develop a keen interest in using the interpretive approach in conjunction with social and political theory to analyze the discursive dimension of social phenomena in a non-fictional context, under the paradigm of social constructionism.


  • Master of Arts in English literature and civilization, University of Algiers II, Algeria.
  • Bachelor of Arts in English language, literature and civilization, University of Djillali Liabes Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria.


Conference presentations

  • "Ressentiment and Mimetic Desire as an Explanatory Framework for Emotions in Contemporary Postcolonial Relations: The Case of Japan-South Korea Trade Dispute," BISA Emotions in Politics Workshop, 09/12/2019, London South Bank University.
  • “The Techno-Political Dilemma: Ambivalent Narratives of the Modern Japanese Nation-State,” Lancaster Summer Conference, 02/07/2019, University of Lancaster.
  • “Narratives of Techno-Nationalism and Techno-Globalism: Japan’s Foreign Policy Roles under the Abe Administration 2013—2020,” SPRU PhD Forum, 17/05/2019, University of Sussex.