Dr Nadira Talib

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Nadira Talib focuses on developing methods of synthesizing philosophical deliberations with discourse analysis in analyzing social policies to account for how the world is organized and how we should live in it, and to be able to have some understanding of the conditions that govern our existence. In questioning the systems (of who gets to define what a human being is and what constitutes human life) that separate and divide human beings one from another, her work centers on examining how adhering to the perceived demands of surrealistic political economies is imbricated within the relations of morality and ethics.

She is the author of the book 'Is it time to let meritocracy go? Examining the case of Singapore' (Routledge, 2020), which presents transdisciplinary methods for constructing a flexible philosophical-analytical model that integrates elements of music, art, and water-fluid dynamics through which to apply the analytic principles of Critical Discourse Analysis for the interpretation of metaphors across historical policy texts from 1979 to 2019. Her internationally peer-reviewed journal articles are featured in ScienceDaily, Bookforum, and in an editorial review of ‘The Top 100 Cited Discourse Studies’ (2015-2019) in the subject area of ‘linguistics and language’. Demonstrating a high level of commitment to the disciplinary fields of philosophy and political thought, political economy, and policy analysis, her work offers an original re-examination of problems related to economic structural reforms, justice, and equity.

Research Impacts

  • Journal articles by Talib and Fitzgerald (2015, 2016, 2018) are cited in “The Top 100 Cited Discourse Studies” (2015-2019). The editorial review of the top 100 most cited articles on discourse in the subject area of ‘linguistics and language’ aims to define the dominating trends and find out the prevailing article structures for Journal of Language & Education authors to follow as the best practice-based patterns and guidelines. https://jle.hse.ru/article/view/9678
  • The article, “Putting philosophy back to work in critical discourse analysis” (2018, August 20) is cited in bookform.com. Bookforum is “a showcase for rigorous and elegant writing” (the Village Voice). https://www.bookforum.com/article/20112
  • The article, "Inequality as meritocracy: The use of the metaphor of diversity and the value of inequality in Singapore's meritocratic education system" is featured in sciencedaily.com (2015, April 28) in an article titled, "What is the value of inequality within Singapore's education system?". https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150428105815.htm


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