Claudia Loenze graduated with a Teaching Degree (1st State Examination for Upper and Lower Secondary Level) in English, Spanish and Mathematics, and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in German as a Foreign/Second Language. She has lived and taught in Germany, Ireland and Mexico, and has recently been awarded the Academic mobility for inclusive development in Latin America Scholarship which will allow her to study at the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) Managua/Nicaragua in 2015. At the UCA, she is also involved as a co-investigator in the funded research project about the “conflicts in the mining sector of Rancho Grande, Nicaragua”. Her research interests are located in the area of migration, linguistics and teaching.

She is a PhD student at the Mexican Centre, supervised by both Professor Nuala Finnegan at the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies and Dr. Claire O'Reilly at the Department of German.

PhD Project Description

Migration in the media - A comparative linguistic analysis of the perceptions of migrant groups in news media texts in the Republic of Germany, the Republic of Ireland and the United Mexican States from 2003 – 2013.

This dissertation aims to examine the institutional discourses that can linguistically shape, include and exclude migrants from the receiving society. The study should reveal repeated discursive patterns and attributes by which migrant groups are labelled in newsprint media in Germany, Ireland and Mexico. Methodologically speaking it applies a retrospective longitudinal approach, comparing inter- and outer-European settings and placing them into a broader context. It concentrates on the discourse in the printed media with a cross-cultural and cross-linguistic perspective and applies Critical Discourse Analysis.

Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

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