Dr Chrystie Myketiak lectures in English language, with research interests in critical discourse analysis and sociolinguistics.
She examines language and discourse in their broader social contexts. Her interests include gender/sexualities and power/inequalities with specialist research in mass shooter texts, the social performance of sex talk, and narrative viewpoint in clinical incident reporting.
Chrystie Myketiak is a sociolinguist with expertise in science and technology studies, whose research explores discourses and narratives with a focus on language use in relation to issues of power, positioning, and inequalities. She is particularly interested in how language operates as a social practice to construct and challenge notions of norms, whether in the contexts of gender, sexuality, violence, or even making mistakes at work.
Chrystie has three strands of active research that use corpora and combine the investigation of language in discourse and narrative with the study of norms and normativity. The first is concerned with the social performance of sex talk in technologically-mediated spaces. This work combines a critical discourse analysis of naturally occurring conversations about sex, sexuality, and desire with advancement in feminist and queer theories. She currently has a book, Online Sex Talk and the Social World, under contract with Palgrave on this topic. The second is an examination of texts produced by violent offenders using critical discourse analysis, which focuses on heterosexuality discourses and masculinity. The third, with origins in the large interdisciplinary www.chi-med.ac.uk research project, is a pragmatic analysis of medical errors and the construction of accountability in medical error news reporting and clinical incident reporting.
Chrystie joined the University of Brighton in 2015 after working at Queen Mary University of London from 2004-2015. Her academic background is interdisciplinary, having been an EPSRC Postdoctoral Researcher in the Cognitive Science research group in Queen Mary's School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (2011-2015) and a visiting lecturer in the Department of Linguistics (2008-2015). She received her PhD from the University of London in 2011, and has a BA Honours in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Regina (Canada) and an MA in Sociology from Dalhousie University (Canada).
Chrystie's teaching is informed by the goal of transforming the classroom to a place where students embrace the possibilities of self-determination in their studies. She plans the classroom experience, assessments, and modules so that students realise that though critical thinking and analytical work can be difficult and time-intensive, they may also be sources of passionate engagement, pleasure, and courage. She practices this pedagogical mission by being equally engaged in the interactive process of learning, by supporting the academic and pastoral needs of her students, and leading by example in demonstrating how both learning and thinking are actions that rely on openness and reflection.
Chrystie leads the BA Honours English Language degree, which provides students with a strong foundation of the fundamentals of the English language, its historical and global developments, and its importance in constructing, negotiating and challenging identities, social relations and practices. It is in this third aspect of the degree where she specialises as both a teacher and researcher.
A lecturer with experience that spans the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, Chrystie practices research-led teaching, whereby students are actively engaged and encouraged in their own learning. This means that students develop a foundation of knowledge, hone their critical and analytical skills and then research their own interests to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and resourcefulness.
Chrystie is experienced in public engagement/widening participation practice, strategy and research, and training. For the last several years she has run public engagement writing workshops and has provided colleagues and postgraduate students with hands-on public engagement training. She has also been involved in schools and widening participation outreach in the area of women and computing, having given more than 50 invited talks at secondary schools throughout the UK.
Chrystie supervises PhD students working in the areas of critical discourse analysis, feminist/queer linguistics, and sociolinguistics/sociocultural linguistics. Within these areas, she welcomes proposals that are intersectional in how they approach issues of power, inequality, and justice, and are within her fields of expertise, namely:
Myketiak, Chrystie, Concannon, Shauna and Curzon, Paul (2017) Narrative perspective, person references, and evidentiality in clinical incident reports Journal of Pragmatics, 117 (8). pp. 139-154. ISSN 0378-2166
Myketiak, Chrystie, Concannon, Shauna and Curzon, Paul (2016) New/s design: informing future design processes by understanding media reporting of medical errors with medical devices EAI Endorsed Transactions on Smart Cities, 16 (3). pp. 1-4. ISSN 2518-3893
Myketiak, Chrystie (2016) Fragile masculinity: social inequalities in the narrative frame and discursive construction of a mass shooter’s autobiography/manifesto Contemporary Social Science, 11 (4). pp. 1-15. ISSN 2158-2041
Myketiak, Chrystie, Concannon, Shauna and Curzon, Paul (2015) New/s Design: Informing Future Design Processes by Understanding Media Reporting of Medical Errors with Medical Devices In: MOBIHEALTH'15 Proceedings of the 5th EAI international conference on wireless mobile communication and healthcare, London, United Kingdom, 14-16 October 2015.
Myketiak, Chrystie (2015) The co-construction of cybersex narratives Discourse & Society, 26 (4). pp. 464-479. ISSN 0957-9265
Myketiak, Chrystie and Curzon, Paul (2014) Empathy and medical error research In: Enabling empathy in health & care: design methods & challenges, the ACM conference on human factors in computer systems, Toronto, Canada, 26 April - 1 May, 2016.
Black, Jonathan, Brodie, Jo, Curzon, Paul, Myketiak, Chrystie, McOwan, Peter and Meagher, Laura R. (2013) Making computing interesting to school students: teachers' perspectives In: Proceedings of the 18th ACM conference on innovation and technology in computer science education, Canterbury, UK, 1-3 July, 2013.
Black, Jonathan, Curzon, Paul, Myketiak, Chrystie, McOwan, Peter W. and Meagher, Laura R. (2012) Teachers' perceptions of the value of research-based school lectures In: Proceedings of the 7th workshop in primary and secondary computing education, Hamburg, Germany, 8-9 November, 2012.
Myketiak, Chrystie, Curzon, Paul, Black, Jonathan, McOwan, Peter W. and Meagher, Laura R. (2012) cs4fn: a flexible model for computer science outreach In: ITiCSE '12 Proceedings of the 17th ACM annual conference on innovation and technology in computer science education, Haifa, Israel, 3-5 July, 2012.
Black, Jonathan, Furniss, Dominic, Myketiak, Chrystie, Curzon, Paul and McOwan, Peter W. (2012) Microwave racing: an interactive activity to enthuse students about HCI In: CHI 2012: the 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Workshop: A Contextualised Curriculum for HCI, Austin, Texas.
Myketiak, Chrystie, Curzon, Paul, McOwan, Peter W. and Black, Jonathan (2012) Teaching HCI through magic In: The contextualised curriculum: a CHI 2012 workshop, Austin, Texas, 5-10 May 2012.
Black, Jonathan, Curzon, Paul, Myketiak, Chrystie and McOwan, Peter W. (2011) A study in engaging female students in computer science using role models In: ITiCSE '11 Proceedings of the 16th annual joint conference on innovation and technology in computer science education, Darmstadt, Germany, 27-29 June 2011.
Myketiak, C., Concannon, S., Curzon, P. "Narrative Perspective, Person Reference, and Evidentiality in Clinical Incident Reports" Journal of Pragmatics 117(8): 139-154.
"Murder and Desire: The Framing of Sexual Desire in a Mass Shooter's Text" Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference 24, UK, April.
"Fragile Masculinity: Social Inequalities in the Narrative Frame and Discursive Construction of a Mass Shooter's Autobiography/Manifesto" Contemporary Social Science 11(4): 289-303.
Myketiak, C., Concannon, S., Curzon, P. "New/s Design: Informing Future Design Processes by Understanding Media Reporting of Medical Errors with Medical Devices" EAI Transactions on Smart Cities 16(3): e4.
Myketiak, C., Concannon, S., Curzon, P. "New/s Design: Informing Future Design Processes by Understanding Media Reporting of Medical Errors with Medical Devices" In A. Alomainy, W. Whittow, Y. Hao, K.S. Nikita, C.G. Parini (eds) Proceedings of the 5th EAI Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare (MobiHealth). Brussels: ICST (Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering), p.p. 8-11.
“The Co-Construction of Cybersex Narratives” Discourse & Society 26(4): 464-479.
“‘Nice Guys’: Placing Self-Representation Within the Discursive Context” Console-ing Passions 23: International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism, Ireland, June.
Myketiak, C, Curzon, P. "Responsible Media Reporting" Patient Safety with Interactive Medical Devices: A Multi-Disciplinary Symposium, Reading, UK, June.
Myketiak, C., Concannon, S., Curzon, P. "Incident Reports, Discourse and Narrative" Patient Safety with Interactive Medical Devices: A Multi-Disciplinary Symposium, Reading, UK, June.
“Review of Monika Bednarek and Helen Caple’s News Discourse” The Linguist List, April.
Myketiak, C., Curzon, P. “Empathy and Medical Error Research” Enabling Empathy in Health & Care: Design Methods and Challenges. A CHI 2014 Workshop, The ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computer Systems, Toronto, Canada.
Iacovides, J., Cox, A., Furniss, D., Myketiak, C. “Exploring Empathy Through Sobering Persuasive Technologies: “No breaks! Where Do You Think You’re Going Missy?” British Computer Systems Human-Computer Interaction Conference, UK, September.
Myketiak, C., Curzon, P. “Medical Incident Reports, Narrative, and Institutional Discourse” Troubling Narratives: Identity Matters Conference, University of Huddersfield, UK, June.
Black, J., Brodie, J., Curzon, P., Myketiak, C., McOwan, P.W., Meagher, L.R. “Making Computing Interesting to Students: Teachers’ Perspectives” Proceedings of the 18th ACM Innovation and Technology in Computer Science (ITICSE) Conference, Canterbury, UK, p.p., 255-260.
Myketiak, C., Curzon, P. “Lesbian Nurse Kills Baby: Gender and Sexuality in Medical Error” Fifth International Language in the Media Conference, QMUL, UK, September.
Myketiak, C., Curzon, P. “‘The Sickest Nurse’: Human Error and Infant Deaths in the News” Canadian Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Victoria, Canada, June.
Myketiak, C., Brodie, J., Curzon, P. “Media Reporting of Medical Error: Blame, Learning, and Accountability” British Sociological Association Annual Conference, London, UK, April.
Myketiak,C., Curzon, P., Black, J., McOwan, P.W., Meagher, L.R. “cs4fn: A Flexible Model For Computer Science Outreach” Proceedings of the 17th ACM Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE) Conference, Haifa, Israel, p.p. 297-302.
Black, J., Curzon, P., Myketiak,C., Meagher, L.R., McOwan, P.W. “Teachers’ Perceptions of the Value of Research-Based Lectures” Proceedings of the 7th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education (WiPSCE), Hamburg, Germany, p.p. 145-146.
Black, J., Furniss, D., Myketiak, C., Curzon, P., McOwan P.W. “Microwave Racing: An Interactive Activity to Enthuse Students About HCI” The Contextualised Curriculum: A CHI 2012 Workshop, The ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computer Systems, Austin, USA.
Myketiak,C., Curzon, P., McOwan, P.W., Black, J. “Teaching HCI Through Magic” The Contextualised Curriculum: A CHI 2012 Workshop, The ACM Conference on Computer Systems, Austin, USA.
“Constructing the Good Sexual Citizen” Canadian Sociological Association Annual Conference. University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. May-June.
“Studying Sex Talk Outside of Sexual Communities” Canadian Sociological Association Annual Conference. University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. May-June.
“Mutuality and Narrative Construction in Cybersex” Sexual Cultures, Brunel University, UK, April.
Black, J., Curzon, P., Myketiak, C., McOwan, P.W. “A Study in Engaging Female Students in Computer Science Using Role Models” Proceedings of the 16th ACM Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE) Conference, Darmstadt, Germany, p.p. 63-67.
“Feminist Voyeurism in Coco’s World”, Complicating the Debates on the Sexualisation of Culture: An International Conference, Institute of Education, University of London, UK, December.
“Geeks, Girlfriends, and Heteronormativity in Online Sex Talk” Hard Science: Sex, Science and Technology, Brighton and Sussex Sexualities Network, University of Brighton, UK, September.
“Keystrokes: Sex, Sexuality, and Desire in Online Talk” Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics: Discourse 2.0, Georgetown University, USA, March.
Black, J., Curzon, P., Myketiak, C., McOwan, P.W. “Engaging Female Students in Computer Science Using Role Models” The 42nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Conference, USA, March.
“Review of Sara Ahmed’s Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others” The Asian Journal of Social Science, 37(6), p.p. 953-954.
“When to Make it Public or Private: Contextualising Sexuality in Online Chat” in M. Kolhke and L. Orza (eds.) Probing the Boundaries: Sex and Sexuality, Oxford: The Interdisciplinary Press, p.p. 213-220.
“Spanking, Snogging, Shagging: The Role of Sex Talk in Online Community” Ninth International Association of Internet Researchers Conference, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, October.
“Corpus Ethnography: An Augmented Approach to Internet Research” Tenth International General Online Conference, University of Hamburg, Germany, March.
“Everybody’s Doing ‘It’ and They’re Doing ‘It’ the Same: The Social Norms and Mores of Online Sex Communication” Ninth International General Online Research Conference, University of Leipzig, Germany, March.
“Developing Community in an Online Chat Environment” Sixth Annual Computer Science Postgraduate Conference, QMUL, UK, March.
“The Gender Dynamics of Online Sex Talk” Joint Fourth European Gender and ICT Symposium and Third Christina Conference in Women’s Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland, March.