Dr Chrystie Myketiak examines language in use in order to uncover what its form, function, and structure tells us about people, interactions, culture, and society.
In order to do this, her work considers how language operates as a social practice to construct and challenge norms, and asks how those language and discursive conventions relate to issues of power, identity, and inequality. Her specialist research includes mass shooter texts, the social performance of sex talk, and narrative viewpoint in clinical incident reporting.
Chrystie Myketiak is a discourse analyst with expertise in both gender studies and technology studies. She is particularly interested in how language operates as a social practice to construct and challenge notions of norms and deviance in the contexts of gender, sexuality and violence. At the moment, her work has an undercurrent of linguistically and discursively accounting for manifestations of 'desire'.
Chrystie has two strands active research (with a third recently completed) that use corpora and combine the investigation of language in discourse and narrative with the study of norms and deviance. 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 (for their series "Palgrave Studies on Language, Gender and Sexuality") on this topic. In order to support her writing of this book, the University of Brighton has awarded her a Sabbatical Award. Chrystie's second strand of research is an examination of texts produced by violent offenders using critical discourse analysis and queer linguistics, which focuses on heterosexuality discourses, masculinity and issues of demand and desire. The third body of research, which recently completed, originated in the large interdisciplinary www.chi-med.ac.uk research project, was 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 within 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 in Linguistics and Computer Science from Queen Mary 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. Her current undergraduate teaching includes: Language of Gender and Sexuality; Language, Theory, Society; and Approaches to Analysing Discourse. At the MA level her teaching is mainly: Language of Gender and Sexuality and Independent Study (in discourse analysis and gender, sexuality, or violence). Within English Language and Linguistics, at the BA and MA levels she supervises dissertations in discourse analysis (usually, but not always, intersecting with gender, sexuality, or violence). She also supervises dissertations for the MRes Arts and Cultural Research degree, which combines art practice with critical research in culture.
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 broad fields of sociolinguistics/sociocultural linguistics and linguistic anthropology. Within those fields, she is happy to be contacted by prospective students, especially those interested in any of:
Myketiak, Chrystie (2018) Fragile masculinity: social inequalities in the narrative frame and discursive construction of a mass shooter’s autobiography/manifesto In: Youngs, Donna, ed. Crime and society. Contemporary Issues in Social Science . Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9780815382881
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.
Myketiak, Chrystie (2014) Review: Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics: Bednarek & Caple (2012) Linguist, USA.
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.