Dr Carmen Aguilera-Carnerero






Lecturer in English and German Philologies, University of Granada.

Specialist research areas: 

Areas of specialization are the analysis of extreme speech both textual (Critical Discourse Analysis) and visual (Social Semiotics). Specifically, my interest is focused on three main areas:

a) the analysis of Cyber Islamophobia mainly in social media

b) Extreme speech in Sri Lanka with special emphasis in the relationship between the Sinhalese Buddhist majority and the minorities (Tamils and Muslims)in the transitional justice process

c)The analysis of the language of terrorism and its propaganda through images (mainly photos).

As a linguist, my approach is based on the microlinguistic (text) and microsemiotic (images) features that I connect with a socio-political level.

Available for consultation in the following areas:

Courses and workshops; government consultancy, NGO engagement; live/pre-recorded media interviews (including print, online, radio and television).


Dr Carmen Aguilera-Carnerero is a lecturer in the Department of English and German Philology at the University of Granada. Previously, she had also been teaching at the School of Education and at the department of English Studies at the University of Murcia. She has also taught at the Universities of Istanbul, Bologne and Prague. Her postdoctoral research is mainly focused on the Internet discourse specifically on the use of extreme speech online against certain ethno-religious groups. She has published widely on the field and presented her latest work in more than 20 international conferences. Currently she is involved in a Spanish government funded interdisciplinary project about the detection and monitorization of the discourse of Islamist terrorism.

Some of her publications on these fields are:

“Islamophobia not,Islamonausea: the many faces of cyberhate speech”, in Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research, 9(1), 21-40.

“The Cyber-Discourse of Inclusion and Marginalisation: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Muslims in Ireland on Twitter 2010-2014” in Irishness on the margins: Minority and Dissident Identities. Palgrave, “Shamrock meets Sharia: A CDA of Muslims in Ireland on Twitter from 2010-4” (Forthcoming).

Report (funded by USAID and NCEASL) “The construction of national identity online post 2015 in Sri Lanka”  and the section on Spain in the European Islamophobia Report for the years 2016 & 2017 and “Visual hate speech and popular culture: the case of Islamophobic memes” (under review).

Currently, I am preparing the Islamophobia report for Spain for 2018, a publication on the discourse of the post-war communal tensions in Sri Lanka (which involves Islamophobia too) and a paper on the extreme speech online of Islamic terrorists through the analysis of their propaganda photos.