Dr Sol Rojas-Lizana

Senior Lecturer

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
i.rojaslizana@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56718

Overview

Sol's research interests include: (Critical) Discourse Analysis, Trauma and Memory Studies, Perceived Discrimination, Critical Translation Studies, Decolonial Thought.

Sol’s first university studies covered Spanish Literature/Education/Teacher Training at the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación in Chile. She did a BA Classics (Latin) and Honours in African Studies (literature) at the University of Cape Town with the thesis: Feminism and historical reality in two ‘third world’ writers: Mariama Bâ (Senegal) and Ángeles Mastreta (Mexico): a comparison. In 1994 Sol relocated to the Galapagos Islands where she worked 6 years as editor translator and library assistant for the Publications Unit of the Charles Darwin Foundation. In 2002 she graduated with an MA (Linguistics) from the University of Queensland and in 2007 with a PhD in the area of Discourse Analysis and Comparative Cultural Studies. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Languages and Cultures, University of Queensland in Australia. Sol has over 40 publications, including three books, one co-edited book, and five books as a translator. Her work has appeared in journals such as Critical Discourse Studies, Journal of Pragmatics, Forensic Linguistics, Languages in Contrast, Babel, Delaware Review of Latin American Studies, and JILAR among others. Her co-authored historical Graphic Memoir Historias Clandestinas (2014) is currently being made into a film.

Research Interests

  • Discourse Studies
    Discourse Analysis from a decolonial perspective using tools from Critical Discourse Analysis and Discursive Psychology.
  • Memory and Trauma Studies
    Discourse analysis of the visitor experience to sites of traumatic memory. Contested memories in Chile.
  • Perceived Discrimination
    Perceived Discrimination in the field of Discourse Analysis is the study of discourse from the perspective of the victims of discrimination. Qualitative analysis of open ended interviews are used as data.
  • Critical Translation Studies
    The phenomenon of manipulation and censorship in translations Spanish-English-Spanish. The translation of Decolonial Thought.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, Cape Town
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Cape Town
  • Master of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Translator English-Spanish, NAATI
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • Perceived Discrimination (PD) is the study of discrimination that centres on the victims' experience through the analysis of their accounts. PD emerged in the areas of social psychology, psychiatry, migrant studies as quantitative research. PD in the area of Discourse Studies is qualitative research that looks at the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of PD discourse. It uses content and discourse analysis (CDA, Cognitive Linguistics, Discursive Psychology) to analyse the data. I am available to supervise projects on PD in the area of Discourse Studies working with the following identities: international students, ageism, neurodivergent people, blind people, deaf people, or other stigmatised identities. Please read the book The discourse of perceived discrimination: Perspectives from contemporary Australian society (Routledge, 2020) before contacting me.

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Publications

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Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Perceived Discrimination (PD) is the study of discrimination that centres on the victims' experience through the analysis of their accounts. PD emerged in the areas of social psychology, psychiatry, migrant studies as quantitative research. PD in the area of Discourse Studies is qualitative research that looks at the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of PD discourse. It uses content and discourse analysis (CDA, Cognitive Linguistics, Discursive Psychology) to analyse the data. I am available to supervise projects on PD in the area of Discourse Studies working with the following identities: international students, ageism, neurodivergent people, blind people, deaf people, or other stigmatised identities. Please read the book The discourse of perceived discrimination: Perspectives from contemporary Australian society (Routledge, 2020) before contacting me.