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Dr Aditi Bhatia

Dr Aditi Bhatia

Visiting Associate Professor

Research Overview

I study the discursive construction of social and political phenomenon from a critical discourse analytical perspective. My goal is to better understand how people in society use language in identity-construction and argumentation.

My most recent book (Digital Influencers and Online Expertise: The Linguistic Power of Beauty Vloggers, Routledge, 2023) lends greater visibility to how young people- digital natives - exploit the boundaries between expert and layperson in the discursive construction of expertise through informal tutorializing, indicating how the teaching classroom has grown online in a post-pandemic world, and the importance of co-creation in the process of teaching and learning. My research gives insight into the growing democratization of the digital classroom, whereby learners want to reflect on and make sense of their participation.

My first book (Discursive Illusions in Public Discourse: Theory and Practice, Routledge, 2015) puts forward a multi-perspective discourse analytical framework, that of Discourse of Illusion, which seeks to theorise and analyse how ideological arguments posed by competing groups are formed and spread in society for the purpose of achieving collective consent. As such, I have done extensive research on media and political discourses, particularly in the contexts of populism, terrorism, digital activism, and public square movements.

I am currently working on two research projects:

Discursive Construction of Hindu Nationalism and Diaspora Identity in Digital Mediascapes. This on-going project explores the representation of contemporary socio-political Hindu ideology in public discourse regarding various sociocultural and political issues.

Metaphorical Representations of Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour in New Media. This newer project explores the construction of OCD on social media as part of popular culture as compared with narratives put forward by healthcare professionals.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University, Sydney, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honors), University of Wales, Cardiff, Wales, 2003

Teaching Areas

  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Critical Language and Cultural Studies
  • Popular Culture and English
  • Discourse and the Professions

Research Interests

  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Language and Politics
  • Digital Professions
  • Applied Linguistics

Research Output

  1. Bhatia, Aditi (2023) Digital Influencers and Online Expertise: The Linguistic Power of Beauty Vloggers. Routledge
  2. Bhatia, Aditi (2015) Discursive Illusions in Public Discourse: Theory and Practice. Routledge
  3. Jenks, Chris J., Lou, Jackie, and Bhatia, Aditi (eds) (2015) The Discourse of Culture and Identity in National and Transnational Contexts. Routledge 
  1. Bhatia, Aditi (ed) (2020) ‘Special Issue on Critical Discourse Analysis and World Englishes’. World Englishes.
  2. Jenks, Chris J., Lou, Jackie, and Bhatia, Aditi (eds) (2013) ‘The Discourse of Culture and Identity in National and Transnational Contexts’. Language and Intercultural Communication 13(2). 
  1. Ross, Andrew and Bhatia, Aditi (accepted) ‘@Fesshole and the discourse of confession: Oversharing on social media’. Discourse, Context & Media.
  2. Bhatia, Aditi (2023) ‘Abrogating Article 370 and Kashmir’s Exceptionalism: A Critical Discourse Analysis of India’s Bodies Politic’. Critical Discourse Studies.
  3. Ganaah, John, Nartey, Mark, and Bhatia, Aditi (2023) ‘Legitimation in Revolutionary Discourse: A critical examination of the discourse of Jerry John Rawlings’. Journal of Language and Politics 22(1), 66-86.
  4. Bhatia, Aditi and Ross, Andrew (2022) ‘“We shall not flag or fail, we shall go on to the end”: Hashtag Activism in Hong Kong Protests’. Journal of Language and Politics 21(1), 117- 142.
  5. Bhatia, Aditi (2021) ‘The Discursive Construction of Legitimacy in the Abrogation of Indian Constitution’s Article 370’. Journal of Pragmatics 183, 132-14.
  6. Ross, Andrew and Bhatia, Aditi (2021) ‘“Ruled Britannia”: Metaphorical Construction of the EU as Enemy in UKIP Campaign Posters’. The International Journal of Press/Politics 26(1), 188-209.
  7. Bhatia, Aditi (2020) ‘Exploring the Englishes of World Politics’. World Englishes 39(4), 544- 549.
  8. Bhatia, Aditi (2020) ‘Saffronisation of India: A critical discourse analysis of contemporary political ideology’. World Englishes 39(4), 568-580.
  9. Nartey, Mark and Bhatia, Aditi (2020) ‘“We prefer self-government with danger to servitude in tranquillity”: Mythological heroism in the discourse of Kwame Nkrumah’. World Englishes 39(4), 581-593.
  10. Jenks, Chris J. and Bhatia, Aditi (2020) ‘“Infesting our country”–Discursive illusions in anti-immigration border talk’. Language and Intercultural Communication 20(2), 81-94.

  11. Bhatia, Aditi (2019) ‘Vlogging and the discursive co-construction of ethnicity and beauty’. World Englishes 39(1), 7-21.
  12. Ross, Andrew and Bhatia, Aditi (2019) ‘#secondcivilwarletters from the front: Discursive illusions in a trending Twitter hashtag’. New Media and Society 21(10), 2222-2241.
  13. Bhatia, Aditi (2018) ‘Interdiscursive Performance in Digital Professions: The Case of YouTube Tutorials’. Journal of Pragmatics 124, 106-120.
  14. Bhatia, Aditi and Jenks, Chris J. (2018) ‘Fabricating the American Dream in US media portrayals of Syrian refugees: A discourse analytical study’. Discourse & Communication 12(3), 223-239.
  15. Bhatia, Aditi (2018) ‘Interdiscursive Performance in Digital Professions: The Case of YouTube Tutorials’. Journal of Pragmatics 124, 106-120.
  16. Bhatia, Aditi (2017) ‘Chris Featherman, Discourses of Ideology and Identity: Social Media and the Iranian Election Protests’. Book Review. Discourse & Communication 11(3), 330-332.
  17. Bhatia, Aditi (2016) ‘Occupy Central and the rise of discursive illusions: A Discourse Analytical Study’. Text &Talk 36(6), 661-682.
  18. Bhatia, Aditi (2016) ‘Discursive Construction of the ‘Key’ Moment in the Umbrella Movement’. Journal of Language and Politics 15(5), 551-568.
  19. Bhatia, Aditi (2015) ‘Construction of Discursive Illusions in the Umbrella Movement’. Discourse & Society, 26(4), 407–427.
  20. Bhatia, Aditi (2013) ‘International Genre, Local Flavour: Analysis of PetroChina’s Sustainability Report’. Revista Signos 46(83), 307-331.
  21. Jenks, Chris J., Bhatia, Aditi, Lou, Jackie J. (2013). Introduction to the Discourse of Culture and Identity in National and Transnational Contexts. Language & Intercultural Communication 13(2), 121-125.
  22. Bhatia, Aditi (2012) ‘Student Writing and Genre. Reconfiguring Academic Knowledge’. Book Review. Applied Linguistics 33(3), 354-356.
  23. Bhatia, Aditi (2012) ‘Corporate Social Responsibility: The Hybridization of a ‘Confused’ Genre’. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 55(3), 221-238.
  24. Bhatia, Aditi (2011) ‘The Discursive Construction of European Identities’. Invited Review. Iberica 23, 190-193.
  25. Bhatia, Aditi and Bhatia, Vijay K (2011) ‘Discursive Illusions in Legislative Discourse: A Socio- Pragmatic Comparison of Security Laws from Hong Kong and America’. World Englishes, 30(4), 481-495.
  26. Bhatia, Aditi (2011) ‘Finding Faith and Solidarity: Building Community in Political Press Conferences’. Iberica 21, 117-139.
  27. Bhatia, Aditi and Bhatia, Vijay K (2011) ‘Discursive Illusions in Legislative Discourse’. The International Journal of the Semiotics of Law 24(1), 1-19.
  28. Bhatia, Aditi (2010) Comment on Demont-Heinrich's Linguistically privileged and cursed? American university students and the global hegemony of English'. World Englishes 29(2).
  29. Bhatia, Aditi (2009) ‘Discourses of Terrorism’. Journal of Pragmatics 41(2), 279-289.
  30. Bhatia, Aditi (2008) ‘Discursive Illusions in the American National Strategy for Combating Terrorism’. Journal of Language and Politics 7(2), 201-227.
  31. Bhatia, Aditi (2008) ‘Language of the New World Order’. World Englishes, 27(2), 268-269.
  32. Bhatia, Aditi (2007) ‘Religious Metaphor in the Discourse of Illusion: George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden’. World Englishes, 26(4), 507-524.
  33. Bhatia, Aditi (2006) ‘Critical Discourse Analysis of Political Press Conferences’. Discourse & Society 17(2), 173-203. 
  1. Bhatia, Aditi (in preparation; invited contribution) ‘India’s War on its History of Humiliation: A Discourse of Illusion Approach’. In Cornelia Ilie and Manfred Kienpointner (eds), Re- considering Discourses of War and Peace: 21st Century Transcultural Perspectives. John Benjamins.
  2. Bhatia, Aditi (in preparation; invited contribution) ‘The Rise of Hindutva: Contemporary Political Ideology in India’. In David Laycock, Juliette Faure, and Mathew Humphrey (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Ideology Analysis. Routledge.
  3. Bhatia, Vijay K. and Bhatia, Aditi (2023) ‘English for Professional Communication: A Critical Genre Analytical Perspective’. In Li Wei, Zhu Hua and James Simpson (eds), Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics (Second Edition). Routledge.
  4. Bhatia, Aditi (2022) ‘Analysing online videos: A multi-perspective approach to Critical Discourse Analysis’. In Camilla Vasquez(ed), Research Methods for Digital Discourse Analysis. Bloomsbury.
  5. Bhatia, Aditi(2020) ‘DiscursiveConstruction of the Public Square in Hong Kong’. In Vijay K Bhatia and Jerome Tessuto (eds), Social Media in Legal Practice. Routledge.
  6. Bhatia, Aditi and Ross, Andrew (2020) ‘The Trickle-Down Effect of Trump: A Critical Analysis of Populist Politics’. In Ruth Breeze and Ana Maria Fernandez Vallejo (eds), Populist discourses across modes and media. Peter Lang.
  7. Bhatia, Aditi (2018) ‘Narratives of Struggle and Legitimacy in the Arab Spring’. In Damian Rivers and Andrew Ross (eds), Participatory Digital Cultures and Contemporary Discourses of (De)Legitimization. Routledge.
  8. Bhatia, Aditi (2017) ‘The Discursive Construction of Terrorism and Violence’. In John Flowerdew and John Richardson (eds) Handbook of Critical Discourse Analysis. Routledge.
  9. Bhatia, Vijay K and Bhatia, Aditi (2017) ‘Interdiscursive Manipulation in Media Reporting: The Case of Panama Papers in India’. In Maurizo Gotti et al. (ed) Power, persuasion and manipulation in specialised genres. Peter Lang.
  10. Bhatia, Aditi (2016) ‘Legal necessity or competitive advantage: a critical analysis of workplace diversity initiatives in Hong Kong’. In Jerome Tessuto (ed) Constructing Legal Discourses and Social Practices: Issues and Perspectives. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: UK
  11. Bhatia, Aditi (2015) ‘The Discursive Portrayals of Osama Bin Laden’. In Susan Jeffords and Fahed Al-Sumait (eds) Covering bin Laden: Global Media and the World's Most Wanted Man. University of Illinois Press: USA.
  12. Bhatia, Aditi (2013) ‘World of the Impolitic: A Critical Study of the WMD Dossier’. In Adam Hodges (ed) Oxford Series in SociolinguisticsThe Discourses of War and Peace. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  13. Bhatia, Aditi (2013) ‘Comment on Demont-Heinrich's Linguistically privileged and cursed? American university students and the global hegemony of English'. Republished in Robert Phillipson, Linguistic Imperialism Continued. Routledge.
  14. Bhatia, Aditi (2011) ‘Critical Discourse Analysis: History and New Developments’. In Carole Chapelle (ed) The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
  15. Bhatia, Vijay K and Bhatia, Aditi (2011) ‘Business Communication’. In James Simpson (ed) Handbook of Applied Linguistics. London: Routledge
  16. Bhatia, Aditi (2006) ‘Language and Ideology in Political Press Conferences’. In Azirah Hashim and Norizah Hassan (eds) English in Southeast Asia: Prospects, Perspectives and Possibilities. Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaya Press.
  17. Bhatia, Vijay K. and Bhatia, Aditi (2004) ‘Global Genres in Local Contexts’. In Christopher N. Candlin and Maurizio Gotti (eds) Intercultural Aspects of Specialized Communication. Bern: Peter Lang. 


  • Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2019
  • Higher Degree Research Excellence Award, Macquarie University, 2007
  • Dell Hymes Commendation for Sociolinguistics, University of Wales, Cardiff, 2003

Esteem Measures

  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board for World Englishes
  • Member of Editorial Board for book series ‘Edinburgh Studies in Pragmatics’ (Edinburgh University Press)
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board for Discourse & Society

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