Chiluwa Innocent Eberechi

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Chiluwa Innocent Eberechi

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Name

Prof. Chiluwa Innocent Eberechi

Qualification(s)

MA, PhD

Membership

English

Position

Professor and Head of Department

College

Leadership and Development Studies

Department

Languages and General Studies

Research Interests

Discourse Studies

Pragmatics

Conflict and Peace Studies

Social Movement Studies

Social Media and Society

Cyber Civic Engagement

Online Activism

Hate Speech, Language Aggression, and Linguistic Violence

Dis/Misinformation and Deceptive Communication

Discourses of Terrorism and Political Violence.

Awards & Honours

Award & Honours

Georg Forster Research Fellowship (Humboldt) Bonn

Facebook/Harvard (Social Science One) Research Grant

Member, Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL)

Teaching Areas

Teaching Areas

Discourse Analysis

Pragmatics

English & Communication Skills

Basic Writing Skills

Speech Writing and Delivery

English for the Mass Media

Current Postgraduate Supervision

Current Postgraduate Supervision
  • A semantic analysis of supply chain management terms in international trade – Edet, Lydia Udeme (PhD, ongoing)
  • A multimodal critical discourse analysis of visual images of the #ENDSARS protests in Nigeria – Awopetun, Ifeoluwa (MA, ongoing)
  • A multimodal discourse analysis of persuasion in telecommunication advertisements – Sogunle, Tolulope (MA, ongoing)

Detailed Biographical Info

Biographical Info

Innocent Chiluwa is a Professor of English Linguistics (Discourse Analysis) and Media/Digital Communications in the Department of Languages & General Studies, Covenant University, Ota (Nigeria). He is currently the Head of Department and former Dean, College of Leadership and Development Studies.

 

Prof. Chiluwa is a Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) (Bonn), and a Humboldt scholar/visiting Professor in the Department of English, University of Freiburg. He is also an associate member of the Africa Centre for Transregional Research (ACT) at the University of Freiburg, Germany.  He has professional training in Conflict Management, Intercultural Communication, and Conflict Resolution.

 

He has published books and edited volumes in media studies, social media and society, discourse and conflict studies, and deception studies. He has also published extensively in reputable peer-reviewed journals and contributed several chapters in books and encyclopedias. He is on the Editorial Boards of Discourse & Society (SAGE), Journal of Multicultural Discourses (Routledge), and the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication (Taylor & Francis).

 

My research in the last 7 years has focused on the investigation and analyses of political and conflict discourses in the media and Internet – especially discourses (i.e., language use in specific contexts) produced by social movements, minority groups, civil societies, rebel groups, and terrorist organizations in the form of resistance, protests, activism or dissent and their wider implications for peace and security. Discourses that show evidence of linguistic violence, language aggression, and hate speech have been of special interest. I have recently edited two main reference books on conflict and peace studies: (i) Discourse and conflict: Analysing text and talk of conflict, hate and peace-building. London: Palgrave Macmillan (2021) (ii) Discourse, media and conflict: Examining war and resolution in the news. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2022). These books bring together scholars and experts from different disciplines from around the world working on these important topics.

I have also carried out research into the linguistic and discourse structures of online deceptive communications and cybercrime, particularly those associated with phishing, email financial scam and dis/(mis)information. I have co-edited a core reference book with Dr. Sergei Samoilenko of George Mason University, Virginia entitled: Deception, Fake News and misinformation online (IGI Global, 2019).