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Karolina Placzynta

Karolina is a linguist with a background in pragmatics, sociolinguistics, critical discourse analysis and corpus linguistics, as well as political sciences. She holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the Manchester Metropolitan University, and an MRes degree in Politics and International Studies from the University of Bath (PoLIS).

Her research is centred on the patterns, parallels and intersections of hate ideologies (racism, islamophobia, antisemitism, misogyny and more) in mainstream discourse. She is interested in how in-group and out-group discourses can be shaped to fit narratives, through what linguistic processes discriminatory discourses become normalised, and how these phenomena are increasingly influenced by technological developments and online communication, especially on social media.

Before joining the UK team of the Decoding Antisemitism project, she researched the patterns of discursive representations of immigration in the British press, in the process examining online media debates within the political mainstream, using a mixed methods approach. Also, while working as a research assistant in the MMU project UrBEn-ID (Urban British English and Identity), funded by The Leverhulme Trust, she engaged with the sociophonetic approach to researching group identities. As an experienced educator, she is interested in translating research findings into successful strategies for combatting disinformation and polarisation beyond the research community. She is a member of the DiscourseNet association.


TU Berlin
Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung (ZfA)
Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 104–106, 10553 Berlin