What's so special about the circus? Mediating the divide between elite and populist values

Lead Research Organisation: Cardiff University
Department Name: Sch of English Communication and Philos


My proposed research will explore the potential for a bridging communicative stance that can allow for more effective communication between elite and populist discourse communities, using for its case study reports on the experience of circus-based performing arts events.

A multi-methodology approach will draw from the fields of Audience Research and Corpus-based Discourse Analysis, examining evaluative language use in corpora of 'legitimate' public texts (publicity materials and published reviews), and transcripts of 'lay' audience member responses (from focus group activity with circus attendees).

The thesis will address any core issues of conflict between the value systems of text producers and target audiences, laying groundwork for more effective communication strategies to be developed that integrate multiple value systems.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ES/P00069X/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2027
2119864 Studentship ES/P00069X/1 01/10/2018 30/09/2023 Katharine Sarah Kavanagh