Prof. Dr. David Boje

David M. Boje is Regents Professor and Distinguished Achievement Professor in Management Department, New Mexico State University. He is an international scholar in areas of true storytelling and antenarratives in organizations. He holds an honorary doctorate from Aalborg University, and is considered godfather of their Material Storytelling Lab. He is considered the godfather of the Material Storytelling Lab founded by Anete Strand. He is founder of Tamara Journal of Critical Organization Inquiry. He works with Old Friends Industries doing True storytelling events and consultations with Jens Larsen and Lena Bruun. So far, he has published 23 books and 143 journal articles, many in top tier journals such as Management Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Studies, Human Relations, Academy of Management Journal, etc. It is said that he is the most cited scholar in the College of Business at New Mexico State University. His vita and books and articles can be found at

Dr. Matteo Fuoli

Matteo Fuoli joined the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics in Birmingham as a Lecturer in April 2017. Prior to this, he received his PhD on organizational trust in English Language and Linguistics from Lund University, in Sweden. He has taught a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including Corpus Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, and Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics.

He is primarily interested in exploring how business organizations use discourse to negotiate public trust and social legitimacy. Another major focus of his research is the language of evaluation, i.e. how speakers and writers express emotions, attitudes, and opinions in discourse. His research interests also include corpus methodology, experimental approaches to (critical) discourse analysis, and multimodal metaphor. He combines multiple methodological perspectives, including qualitative discourse analysis, corpus-based methods, and experimentation.

Prof. Camila Vasquez

Camila Vasquez is a Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of South Florida (USF). In her teaching and research, she explores the role of language in many domains of everyday life. She is primarily interested in how our linguistic choices (both conscious and subconscious) communicate social information to others about who we are, as people – where we are from, what we do, what we want others to think about us, and so on. She regularly teaches courses such as Language of the Internet, Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics, Cross-Cultural Issues in Language Teaching, and Qualitative Research Methods.

In her 2014 book, The Discourse of Online Reviews, Bloomsbury Publishing, she examines a corpus of over 1,000 consumer reviews and discusses many of the discourse features that are characteristic of this rapidly growing, computer-mediated, and primarily text-based, genre. In it, she investigates the language used by reviewers as they forge connections with their audiences to draw them into their stories, as they construct their expertise and authority on various subjects, as they evaluate and assess their consumer experiences, and as they display their knowledge about the very genre in which they are participating. <taken from>

Dr. Jane Lockwood

Jane Lockwood is the co-founder of Future Perfect Inc. She has a broad range of positions in universities and other educational management posts in Australia, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Her area of research interest relates to assessment, evaluation processes, and workplace communication curriculum development.

Her PhD investigated the curriculum and evaluation processes in Hong Kong work places and she has subsequently published in this area. Jane’s research has been in the areas of communication and language assessment in the business processing outsourcing industry.

Prof. Jonathan Culpeper

Jonathan has a particular research interest in linguistic (im)politeness, focusing on the social dynamics of interaction. He is pursuing various avenues of impoliteness-related research, including aspects of ‘hate speech’ and the investigation of prosody and (im)politeness, more on which can be found in The Palgrave Handbook of Linguistic (Im)politeness(2017). He also seeks to apply the theories of pragmatics to historical texts and language change, often underpinned by corpus methods. Stylistics has always been an enduring research line of his as well, which he combines with the study of Shakespeare’s language using modern approaches and methods.

Prof. Helen Kelly-Holmes

Helen is Professor of Applied Languages in the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, Ollscoil Luimnigh/University of Limerick and is an active member of the Centre for Applied Language Studies (CALS), having previously served as Director of the Centre. Her research concerns sociolinguistics, the study of language in society, and focuses on the interrelationship between media, markets, technologies and languages. She is particularly interested in the economic aspects of multilingualism, especially in relation to minority languages and the global political economy of English.

Prof. Michael Handford (Cardiff University, UK)

Michael is a professor of Applied Linguistics and English Language. He is especially interested in the ways that people communicate at work, how people make decisions and solve problems, or how relationships are developed, maintained or damaged. His latest interest is how culture and communication may interact.

Prof. Dennis Mumby (University of North Carolina, USA)

Dennis is the world-renowned driving force behind the school of critical organizational communication. His research focuses on the relationships among discourse, power, and organizing – as well as organizational processes of control and resistance, and how this dialectic is discursively produced, maintained, and transformed.