Professor Innocent E. Chiluwa
B.A., M.A., PhD
Ccritical) discourse analysis and pragmatics focusing on the study of conflict discourse in the media and computer-mediated communications, especially discourses produced by minority groups, terrorist organizations, and militant/secessionist groups in the form of resistance, protest or activism. Digital communications that show evidence of threats, linguistic violence or hate speech are of particular interest. Also interested in the investigation of ideology, stance, identity, and deception in political, religious and cultural discourses in (new) media communications.
Awards & Honours
Post-doctoral fellowships/Research grants/awards
(i) Georg Forster Research Fellowship for post-doctoral research (German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn). University of Freiburg, Germany, (October 2009-January, 2011)
(ii) Alexander von Humboldt (German) Language Scholarship at the Goethe Institute, Freiburg, Germany October 2009 - Jan. 2010
(iii) Research Grant – Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Covenant University (€6,000) May 2011 - April, 2012
(iv) Humboldt’s 3-month return fellowship at the University of Freiburg, May - August, 2014
(i) David Oyedepo High Impact Journal Publication Award, Covenant University, June 2012
(ii) Best Lecturer Award, Department of English & Literary Studies, Covenant University, Ota, 2006 & 2009
(iii) Best Academic Staff Award, Global International College, Lagos, 2004
(i) ENG 323 – Discourse Analysis
(ii) ENG 412 – Pragmatics
(iii) ENG 424 – English for the Mass Media
(iv) ENG 823 – Advanced Discourse Analysis
(v) ENG 825 – Pragmatics (postgraduate)
(vi) ENG 924 - Topics in the Analysis of Discourse in English (M.Phil)
(vi) Former Coordinator of the General Studies (Communication in English programme)
Current Postgraduate Supervision
Selected Publications (43)
(ii) 32nd Annual National Conference of the English Scholars' Association of Nigeria (ESAN). Theme: English Studies in Non-native Environments: Reflections and Projections. Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Ile-Ife. 5-7 September, 2016. Paper presented: Nigerian English in Digital Discourse (with Emmanuel Uba).
(iii) 66th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Theme: Communicating with Power. Fukuoka, Japan. 9-13 June, 2016. Paper presented: Online Discourse of Radical Movements: Exploring Stance in Nigerian Islamist Groups Web Discourses.
(iv) 14th International Pragmatics Conference. Theme: Language and Adaptability. University of Antwerp, Belgium. 26-31 July, 2015. Paper presented: The Pragmatics of Written (Terror) Threats: assessing online threats by Nigerian terrorist groups.
(v) 65th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA). Theme: Communication across the Life Span. San Juan Caribe Hilton Hotel, Puerto Rico. 21-25 May, 2015. Paper presented: Texting and Relationship: Examining discourse strategies in negotiating and sustaining relationships using mobile phone.
(vi) 59th Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association. Theme: The Linguistic of Rhetoric and Debate. University of Paris 2. Pantheon-Assas, 12 Place du Pantheon 75005, Paris, France. 22-24 May, 2014. Paper presented: Language Use in Crisis Situations: A Study of Rhetorical Strategies in Online Reactions to News Reports of the Washington Navy Yard Shooting and the Nairobi Westgate Attack.
(vii) 58th Annual Conference, International Linguistic Association. Theme: English-Global and Local. Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York, NY. USA 12-14 April, 2013. Paper presented: West African English in Digital Discourse.
(viii) Ife English Language, Literature and Communication Conference. Theme: Language, Literature and Communication in the Globalised and Digital Age. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Nigeria. 20-23 August, 2012. Paper presented: Twittering the Boko Haram Uprising in Nigeria: Investigating Pragmatic Acts in the Social Media.
(ix) International Conference on Digital Religion. Center for Media, Religion and Culture. Theme: When Religion Meets New Media. University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, 12-15 January, 2012. Paper presented: Sociolinguistics of Digital Religious Discourse in West Africa.
(x) Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines (CADAAD, 2010). Theme: Ideology, Identity and Interaction. University of Lodz, Poland, 13-15 September, 2010. Paper presented: Ethnic Militia, the Press and the Nigerian Government: examining the discourse of ‘amnesty’ and ‘identity.’
(xi) The International Association of Media and Communication Research 2010. Theme: Communication and Citizenship: Rethinking Crisis and Change. University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. 18-22 July, 2010. Paper presented: Online Religion in Nigeria: the Internet Church and Cyber Miracles.
(xii) Mapping Language across Cultures: Textual Analysis in Cross-cultural and Intercultural Communication (MLAC10). University of Salamanca, Spain. 5-7 July, 2010. Paper presented: Language in the News: Implications of Lexical Variations in Media Reports of Militancy in Nigeria.
(xiii) Fifth International Symposium on Politeness, Basel, Switzerland. Theme: Politeness and Impoliteness, on-and off-line. University of Basel, Switzerland. 30th June - 2nd July 2010. Paper presented: Politeness Strategies in Personal Emails.
(xiv) Corpus Linguistics Advanced Research Education and Training (CLARET) Workshop, Lancaster University, United Kingdom. 24th May, 2010. Theme: Corpus Compilation and Annotation.
(xv) International Conference of the Association for the Study of New Literatures in English (ASNEL/GNEL 2010). Theme: Contested Communities: Communication, Narration, Imagination. Bayreuth University, Germany. 13-16, May, 2010. Paper presented: The Media and the Militants: Constructing the Niger Delta Crises.
(xvi) Text-Mining in the Digital Humanities: the Interface between Conceptual History, Critical Discourse Analysis and Corpus Linguistics. Workshop: Lancaster University, United Kingdom, 13-14, May, 2010. Paper presented: ‘Militants’ or ‘Freedom Fighters?’ The Press and the Ideological War in Nigeria.
(xvii) Developments in Linguistic Pragmatics. 5th Lodz Symposium, University of Lodz, Poland, 7-9 May, 2010. Paper presented: The Positive Side of Confrontation: A Look at the Nigerian Press. New
(xviii) Nigeria English Studies Association Conference. Theme: English in the Nigerian Environment: Emerging Patterns and New Challenges. University of Uyo, Nigeria. September 18 -21, 2007. Paper presented: The Nigerianness of SMS Text Messages in English.
Summary of Profile
He is a member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) (Religion, Communication and Culture sub-section); a member of the International Communication Association (ICA) (Language and Social Interaction working group); a member of the International Pragmatic Association (IPrA), and a member of the International Linguistic Association (ILA). He has published scholarly articles in reputable international journals such as Discourse & Society (Sage), Discourse Studies (Sage), Discourse & Communication (Sage), Journal of Multicultural Discourses (Routledge), Journal of Language and Politics (John Benjamins), Pragmatics and Society (John Benjamins), Journal of Asian and African Studies (Sage), Africa Today (Indiana), Studies in Conflict & Terrorism (Taylor & Francis) etc. He is the author of Labeling and Ideology in the Press: a Corpus-based Critical Discourse Study of the Niger Delta Crisis. (Peter Lang 2011), and Language in the News: Mediating Socio-political Crises in Nigeria (Peter Lang, 2012). He is co-editor of Computer-Mediated Discourse in Africa (Nova Publishers, New York, 2012). He is the editor of Covenant Journal of Language Studies, an international open access journal.