Languages & Social Sciences

  • United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University is one of only a handful of academic units in the UK to span both the Humanities and Social Sciences. In doing so, it draws on a particularly rich and distinguished tradition of teaching, scholarship and research. During the 1970s and 1980s, the Department of Modern Languages (French, German, Linguistics), as it was then known, was one of the UK’s pioneers of the study of language in contemporary society. In 1995, reflecting the growing interest in and awareness of Europe, it became the School of Languages and European Studies. In 2004, we adopted our current title.

Since then, the School has grown rapidly in student numbers and in its academic coverage and now comprises four academic departments: English, Languages and Translation Studies, Politics and International Relations as well as Sociology and Policy. 

Our distinctive combination of subjects gives a unique perspective on language and society, both in their own context and in relation to each other. The School is led by its Executive Dean, Professor Jonathan Tritter, along with a team of Associate Deans and the Heads of Department. The School is supported in its work by an Advisory Board comprising key stakeholders in the city of Birmingham and beyond.

Today, therefore, the School of Languages and Social Sciences is a closely integrated, innovative, multilingual and multidisciplinary School with an international outlook. Our degree programmes combine a rigorous disciplinary grounding with a cross-disciplinary, practical and issue-focused perspective. Our main research centres, Aston Centre for Europe (ACE)The Centre for Forensic Linguistics (CFL)The Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)The Centre for Language Research at Aston (CLaRA) are leaders in their respective fields. We work closely with schools and local partners, both through our research centres and through Routes into Languages and Network for Languages. We play a major role in the University’s Forward 2020 strategy, through providing the Languages for All programme, our research, our placements and our high levels of student satisfaction. In short, the School is at the forefront of delivering ‘employable graduates, exploitable research’.

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language Social Sciences
linguistics Social Sciences
EU Social Sciences
discourse Social Sciences
politics Social Sciences
book review Social Sciences
France Social Sciences
student Social Sciences

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Research Output 1983 2021

From theoretical to pedagogical grammar: The challenges of writing a textbook on cognitive grammar

Giovanelli, M. & Harrison, C., 2020, (Accepted/In press) New Directions in Cognitive Grammar and Style. Giovanelli, M., Harrison, C. & Nuttall, L. (eds.). Bloomsbury, (Advances in Stylistics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Pedagogical Grammar
Cognitive Grammar
Ronald W. Langacker
internet community
social justice
social media

Siegfried Sassoon, autofiction and style: Retelling the experience of war

Giovanelli, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Narrative Retellings: Stylistic Approaches. Lambrou, M. (ed.). Bloomsbury, (Advances in Stylistics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


Student theses

A critical language study of Tanzanian presidential Kiswahili political oratory

Author: Lwaitama, A. F., Jun 1992

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


A cross-national comparative study of the roles of men in contemporary France and Britain

Author: Ferguson, M., Sep 1988

Supervisor: Hantrais, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy



Academician of the Social Sciences (AcSS)

Simon O Green (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Election to learned society

Aston Achievment Awards 2018. Excellent Research (including research support)

Anton Popov (Recipient), 1 Sep 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Back for the future of the Cor[us de francais parle a Bruxelles

Emmanuelle Labeau (Recipient), Oct 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 1999 2020

Keynote Lecture: Plebiscites and the Difficult Transition to Peace, 1917-23

Volker Prott (Speaker)
18 Jun 202019 Jun 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

A Force for Good? Digital Media, Positive Social Change and Transformative Practice

Kelly-Mae Saville (Speaker)
2 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

International Journal of Iberian Studies (Journal)

Raquel Medina (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review