Language, Ideology and Power Group (LIP) Language, Ideology and Power (LIP)

Our long-standing Language, Ideology and Power Research Group (often abbreviated as LIP) attracts an interdisciplinary and international membership of scholars who share an interest in the empirical and theoretical investigation of language in context. Our interests cover a wide range of perspectives on the relationship between discourse and identity, knowledge, power, governance, politics, economics, institutions, and cultural formations.

The group was first set up by Norman Fairclough and continues today under the direction of Ruth Wodak. We regularly invite international guest speakers from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds. We maintain close connections with other departments in Lancaster University, including the Management School, Sociology, Politics, Philosophy and Religion, and Educational Research.


We generally have weekly meetings during term time, for details see the current schedule.


Research students, MA students, visiting students/scholars, and Lancaster University staff who have an active interest in Critical Discourse Analysis.

Coordinators & Contact

Ruth Wodak

Sten Hansson

If you would like to present or subscribe to the LIP mailing list, please contact Sten via email s.hansson [at]


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