Biography

John E. Richardson is a Research Assistant on the research project #ContestingIslamophobia.

He studied at the University of Humberside & Lincolnshire (BSc Applied Social Sciences) and the University of Sheffield (PhD Sociological Studies) and has since worked at the University of Sheffield, Loughborough University and Newcastle University. His research interests include critical discourse studies, British fascism, racism, rhetoric and argumentation, and commemorative discourse.

His recent publications include the books, the Routledge Handbook of Critical Discourse Studies (2018, co-edited with John Flowerdew), British Fascism: A Discourse-Historic Analysis (2017, Columbia University Press), Cultures of Post-War British Fascism (2015, co-edited with Nigel Copsey) and Analysing Fascist Discourse: European fascism in talk and text (2013, co-edited with Ruth Wodak); and academic articles on critical discourse studies, commemorative discourse, argumentation, political communications, multi-modality and the politics of music.

He is Editor of the international journal Critical Discourse Studies, co-editor of Bloomsbury book series Advances in Critical Discourse Studies and is on the editorial boards of various journals.

Research and scholarship

My research has made a significant contribution to the understanding of contemporary racism and racist violence. My research monograph, (Mis)Representing Islam (2004), was one of the first books to analyse the representation of Muslims in domestic and international reporting. I have published in-depth, qualitative work analysing extreme-right wing political discourse in contemporary and historic Britain, with my 2017 book welcomed as “a methodological breakthrough in the study of the UK far right”.

My work applies a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods, combining content analysis, linguistic analysis (corpus and syntactic analysis), thematic analysis, narrative analysis, visual analysis, rhetoric and argumentation, ethnography and historical analysis. I am Editor of the international journal Critical Discourse Studies and co-editor of Bloomsbury book series Advances in Critical Discourse Studies. Currently I work as a Research Assistant on the AHRC funded project #ContestingIslamophobia, with Professor Elizabeth Poole, Professor Ed de Quincy and Dr Eva Giraud. This project examines the dynamics of anti- and pro-Muslim online activism. Using Twitter # campaigns as its starting point we focus on the appropriation of global ‘trigger’ events, such as terror attacks, by right wing US activists to create anti-Muslim narratives, and how these narratives are in turn opposed by anti-racist groups.

Selected Publications

  • Milani TM and Richardson JE. 2022. Discourses of collective remembering: contestation, politics, affect. CRITICAL DISCOURSE STUDIES. link> doi> full text>
  • Milani TM and Richardson JE. 2022. Responsibility for justice in action: commemoration, affect and politics at Il Memoriale della Shoah in Milan. CRITICAL DISCOURSE STUDIES. link> doi>
  • BURNETT SCOTT and RICHARDSON JOHNE. 2021. 'Breeders for race and nation': gender, sexuality and fecundity in post-war British fascist discourse. PATTERNS OF PREJUDICE, 331-356, vol. 55(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Richardson J and Milani T. 2022. Politics of commemoration and memory. In Applied Linguistics and Politics. Bloomsbury Publishing. link> full text>
  • Richardson JE. 2021. Holocaust commemoration and affective practice: a rhetorical ethnography of audience applause. SOCIAL SEMIOTICS, 757-772, vol. 31(5). link> doi>

Full Publications Listshow

Books

  • Flowerdew J and Richardson JE. 2020. The Routledge Handbook of Critical Discourse Studies.
  • Richardson JE. 2017. Analysing Newspapers An Approach from Critical Discourse Analysis. Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Richardson JE. 2017. British Fascism A Discourse-historical Analysis. Ibidem Press.
  • Richardson JE and Burridge JD. 2011. Analysing Media Discourses.
  • Poole E and Richardson JE. 2006. Muslims and the News Media. I.B. Tauris.
  • Richardson JE. 2004. (Mis)representing Islam The Racism and Rhetoric of British Broadsheet Newspapers. John Benjamins Publishing.
  • Wodak R. Analysing Fascist Discourse. Routledge. doi>
  • Cultures of Post-War British Fascism. Routledge. doi>

Journal Articles

  • Milani TM and Richardson JE. 2022. Discourses of collective remembering: contestation, politics, affect. CRITICAL DISCOURSE STUDIES. link> doi> full text>
  • Milani TM and Richardson JE. 2022. Responsibility for justice in action: commemoration, affect and politics at Il Memoriale della Shoah in Milan. CRITICAL DISCOURSE STUDIES. link> doi>
  • BURNETT SCOTT and RICHARDSON JOHNE. 2021. 'Breeders for race and nation': gender, sexuality and fecundity in post-war British fascist discourse. PATTERNS OF PREJUDICE, 331-356, vol. 55(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Richardson JE. 2021. Holocaust commemoration and affective practice: a rhetorical ethnography of audience applause. SOCIAL SEMIOTICS, 757-772, vol. 31(5). link> doi>
  • Richardson JE. 2019. British fascism, fascist culture, British culture. PATTERNS OF PREJUDICE, 236-252, vol. 53(3). link> doi>
  • Richardson JE. 2018. Evoking values or doing politics? British politicians' speeches at the national Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration. JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE AND POLITICS, 343-365, vol. 17(3). link> doi>
  • Richardson JE. 2018. 'Broadcast to mark Holocaust Memorial Day': Mass-mediated Holocaust commemoration on British television and radio. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION, 505-521, vol. 33(5). link> doi>
  • Richardson JE. 2018. ‘If Not Me, Then Who?’ Examining Engagement with Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration in Britain. Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust, 22-37, vol. 32(1). doi>
  • Richardson JE. 2018. Mediating National History and Personal Catastrophe: Televising Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration. Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, 465-485, vol. 11(4). doi>
  • Richardson JE. 2018. Sharing values to safeguard the future: British Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration as epideictic rhetoric. DISCOURSE & COMMUNICATION, 171-191, vol. 12(2). link> doi>
  • Richardson JE. 2020. Making memory makers: Interpellation, norm circles and Holocaust Memorial Day Trust workshops. Memory Studies, 434-451, vol. 13(4). doi>
  • Richardson JE. 2001. 'Now is the time to put an end to all this': argumentative discourse theory and 'letters to the editor'. DISCOURSE & SOCIETY, 143-168, vol. 12(2). link> doi>
  • 2008. Analysing media discourses. Social Semiotics, 273-276, vol. 18(3). doi>
  • Machin D and Richardson JE. 2012. Discourses of unity and purpose in the sounds of fascist music: a multimodal approach. CRITICAL DISCOURSE STUDIES, 329-345, vol. 9(4). link> doi>
  • Richardson JE and Colombo M. 2013. Continuity and change in anti-immigrant discourse in Italy An analysis of the visual propaganda of the Lega Nord. JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE AND POLITICS, 180-202, vol. 12(2). link> doi>
  • Richardson JE and Stanyer J. 2011. Reader opinion in the digital age: Tabloid and broadsheet newspaper websites and the exercise of political voice. JOURNALISM, 983-1003, vol. 12(8). link> doi>
  • Catenaccio P, Cotter C, De Smedt M, Garzone G, Jacobs G, Macgilchrist F, Lams L, Perrin D, Richardson JE, Van Hout T, Van Praet E. 2011. Towards a linguistics of news production. JOURNAL OF PRAGMATICS, 1843-1852, vol. 43(7). link> doi>
  • Richardson JE and Franklin B. 2004. Letters of intent: Election campaigning and orchestrated public debate in local newspapers' letters to the editor. POLITICAL COMMUNICATION, 459-478, vol. 21(4). link> doi>
  • Richardson JE and Barkho L. 2009. REPORTING ISRAEL/PALESTINE Ethnographic insights into the verbal and visual rhetoric of BBC journalism. JOURNALISM STUDIES, 594-622, vol. 10(5). link> doi>
  • Richardson JE. 2009. 'Get shot of the lot of them': election reporting of Muslims in British newspapers. PATTERNS OF PREJUDICE, 355-377, vol. 43(3-4). link> doi>
  • Richardson JE. 2008. “Our England”: discourses of “race” and class in party election leaflets. Social Semiotics, 321-335, vol. 18(3). doi>
  • Richardson JE, Huckerby S, Williams M. 2008. NATION, CULTURE AND IDENTITY IN A FRENCH-LANGUAGE CORSICAN NEWSPAPER. JOURNALISM STUDIES, 561-577, vol. 9(4). link> doi>
  • Richardson JE. 2008. LANGUAGE AND JOURNALISM An expanding research agenda. JOURNALISM STUDIES, 152-160, vol. 9(2). link> doi>
  • Atkin A and Richardson JE. 2007. Arguing about Muslims: (Un)reasonable argumentation in letters to the editor. TEXT & TALK, 1-25, vol. 27(1). link> doi>
  • Richardson JE and Atkin A. 2006. 'You’re Being Unreasonable’: Prior and Passing Theories of Critical Discussion. Argumentation, 149-166, vol. 20(2). doi>
  • Franklin B, Hamer M, Hanna M, Kinsey M, Richardson J. 2005. Key Concepts in Journalism Studies. doi>
  • Richardson JE and Franklin B. 2003. "Dear Editor': Race, readers' letters and the local press. POLITICAL QUARTERLY, 184-192, vol. 74(2). link> doi>
  • Franklin B and Richardson J. 2002. A Journalist's Duty? Continuity and change in local newspaper reporting of recent UK general elections. Journalism Studies, 35-52, vol. 3(1). doi>
  • Franklin B and Richardson JE. 2002. Priming the Parish Pump. Journal of Political Marketing, 117-147, vol. 1(1). doi>

Chapters

  • Richardson J and Milani T. 2022. Politics of commemoration and memory. In Applied Linguistics and Politics. Bloomsbury Publishing. link> full text>
  • Jiwani Y and Richardson JE. 2011. Discourse, Ethnicity and Racism. In Discourse Studies: A Multidisciplinary Introduction. SAGE Publications Ltd. doi>
  • Ihnen C and Richardson J. 2011. On combining pragma-dialectics with critical discourse analysis. In Keeping in touch with Pragma-Dialectics. John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi>
  • Richardson J and Wodak R. Anti-Sorosism: Reviving the 'Jewish World Conspiracy'. In Conspiracy Theory Discourses. John Benjamins. full text>

Collaborations and grants awards

Leverhulme Research Fellowship, February 2017-February 2018: Making ‘memory makers’: Holocaust Memorial Day since 2002

Noble Foundation: ‘Narrating the past, narrating the Nation: The Rhetoric of Holocaust Memorial Day in Britain and Poland’

British Academy: ‘Nation, culture and identity in a French language Corsican newspaper’

I have also contributed to research teams, helping to deliver client-facing projects for the BBC (Reporting Israel-Palestine), the Commission for Racial Equality (‘Britishness’ during General Election campaigns) the Scottish Government (Community Experiences of Sectarianism), Facebook (A Guide to Online Radical-Right Symbols, Slogans and Slurs) and the Home Office (Younger Audience Engagement with Right Wing Terrorism).

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