Karolina Placzynta

Karolina is a linguist with a background in pragmatics, sociolinguistics and critical discourse analysis, 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 mainstreaming and marginalisation of discourses in the media, and the normalisation of bias. She also explores how language reflects and influences social identities over time, for example through shaping or reshaping ingroups and outgroups, othering, and labelling. 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. Apart from discourses of migration, racism and antisemitism, she is interested in the language of misogyny and gender inequality, language of social class dynamics, as well as the intersections of discriminatory discourses. As an experienced educator, she is interested in translating research findings into successful strategies for teaching and training. She is a member of the DiscourseNet association.


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