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Jaspal Naveel Singh


person name Position: Postgraduate Researcher Email:
Area: Centre for Language and Communication Research

PhD Research

My PhD research project explores India's hip hop scene as a transcultural and complex phenomenon. An ethnographic fieldtrip to Delhi has been conducted in 2013. I'm especially interested in discursive historicity and positionality, i.e. how actors in the field narrate spacetime and position themselves and others in that narration. Furthermore, I have found that hip hop is used pedagogically and as a tool for social transformation, which gives a voice both to the urban poor and to India’s burgeoning middle class milieus. The research project employs linguistic ethnography and discourse studies.

Supervisor: Dr Frances Rock, Dr Mercedes Durham

Academic Background

I studied Medieval and Modern History, Philosophy and English Linguistics at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. For my MA dissertation I conducted a mini-fieldwork in Southall, West London. I looked linguistic variation and cultural identity in the South Asian diaspora there. This was followed by a 4-months ethnography in a multi-ethnic youth-club in Wiesbaden, Germany. After teaching one semester at Mainz University, I came to Cardiff and started another MA at the Centre for Language and Communication Research. In my MA dissertation I theoretically explore the epistemology of critical discourse analysis.


Cserző, Dorottya, Argyro Kantara and Jaspal Naveel Singh (eds.) (in preparation, to appear in 2016) Downscaling Culture: Revisiting Intercultural Communication. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.

Singh, Jaspal Naveel (in preparation) Review of Johannes Angermuller, Martin Nonhoff, Eva Herschinger, Felicitas Macgilchrist, Martin Reisigl, Juliette Wedl, Daniel Wrana and Alexander Ziem (eds.) Diskursforschung: Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch. Discourse Studies.

Singh, Jaspal Naveel (in preparation) Review of Johannes Angermuller. Poststructuralist Discourse Analysis: Subjectivity in Enunciative Pragmatics. Journal of Pragmatics.

Singh, Jaspal Naveel (in press) Delhi to Bronx: Transkulturelle Historizität als transformatives Potential. In: Heidrun Kämper, Daniel Schmidt-Brücken and Ingo H. Warnke (eds.) Textuelle Historizität: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf das diskursive Apriori. Berlin/Boston: Mouton de Gruyter (Diskursmuster – Discourse Patterns, 8).

Singh, Jaspal Naveel (2015) Review of Suresh Canagarajah. Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations. Journal of Sociolinguistics 19(1): 105-110.

Singh, Jaspal Naveel (2013) ‘How many of us remember 1984?’: Narrating masculinity and militancy in the Khalistani rap bricolage. Sikh Formations. Religion, Culture, Theory 9(3): 339-360.

Wengoborski, Sonja and Jaspal Naveel Singh (2013) Creating the city of Delhi: Stories of strong women and weak walls. In: Hans-Christian Petersen (ed.) Spaces of the Poor: Perspectives of Cultural Sciences on Urban Slum Areas and Their Inhabitants. Bielefeld: Transcript, pp. 147-168.

Conferences, Symposia and Seminars


Scalar Cyphers: Eine Linguistische Ethnographie der Transkulturation von Hip Hop in Delhi (invited lecture)
Ringvorlesung Hip Hop. Universität Bern, Switzerland.

Reviving the silenced voices of the other (with Júlia Vrábľová)
DiscourseNet 15. University Library “Svetozar Marković”, Belgrade, Serbia.

Breakin social differentiation: Hip hop solidarity in intercultural cyphers in Delhi

The Sociolinguistics of Globalization. The University of Hong Kong, China.   

DiscourseNet International Congress #1 (member of the organising committee)
University of Bremen, Germany


Indien mal anders: Urbane Dörfer, Malls und Hip Hop (invited public lecture)
Globetrotter Outdoor Store, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Split Subjectivity: Participation frameworks and indexicality theory                            
Discourse Studies in the Social Sciences: Towards a Dialogue between Theory and Analysis. Warwick University, England, UK

Getting things done locally: The jugaad persona and the management of future visions
Centre for Language and Communication Research Postgraduate Conference. Cardiff University, Wales, UK

The transculturation of hip hop pedagogy in India
5th International Conference Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD). Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary

Downscaling Culture: Revisiting Intercultural Communication (conference organisation with Dorottya Cserző and Argyro Kantara)
ESRC-funded International Conference in collaboration with the Department of Linguistics at the University of Delhi. Cardiff University, Wales, UK

Public voices in narratives (public lecture)
PUBlic University, Porters, Cardiff, Wales, UK

Desirous Recognition: Enacting pedagogy, disrupting value (with Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan)
113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Washington, DC, USA


Contextualising the researcher: Role ambiguity as a resource for thick participation
Social lives of language: A Cardiff – Delhi Symposium, University of Delhi, India
Glocal flows: India’s hip hop online communities between universal authenticity and indigenous practices
13th International Pragmatics Conference, Delhi, India

Delhi to Bronx: Transkulturelle Historizität und soziale Emanzipation
Tagungsnetzwerk ‚Diskurs – interdisziplinär‘, 3. Jahrestagung. Die Gegenwärtigkeit historischer Diskursformationen: Begriffsgeschichte – Historische Pragmatik – Textuelle Historizität. Creative Unit: Language in Colonial Contexts, University of Bremen, Germany


Stylizing the Third Place: Khalistan in contemporary music
(Re-) Constructing Multiculturalism Matinée Sessions
Cardiff University, Wales, UK

Leben in Armut in Indien: Perspektiven, Herausforderungen, Konsequenzen
(conference organisation with Sonja Wengoborski)
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

A History of English in India (invited lecture)
Lecture Series: Understanding India
Translation Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University Germersheim, Germany

Transculturation and the appropriation of styles: Hip hop culture in India
Transitions Conference
Cardiff University, Wales, UK

Icons of repertoires: Approximation and material ‘feel’ in crossing situations
Discursive Crossings: Subversion and Affirmation of Power Relations
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany


Forensic Linguistics: The language of law and justice (invited lecture)
The National Law Institute University, Bhopal, India

Dharavi: Ein Builtenvironment zwischen Interessen (Public lecture)
Introduction to a screening of the documentary Dharavi: Slum for Sale
CinéMayence, Mainz, Germany


Khalistani rappers of London: Creating the Third Place
47. Studentische Tagung Sprachwissenschaft
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

Ich, Du und andere Fremde: Die Befremdung der Heimat (with Yalız Akbaba, invited lecture) Ein, zwei, drei… heimisch!?
Aktives Museum Spiegelgasse, Wiesbaden, Germany

Interview design and interactional dynamics
48. Studentische Tagung Sprachwissenschaft
University of Potsdam, Germany


E-waste and media scholars
Flow Conference
University of Texas at Austin, USA


2015 Cardiff University, Centre for Language and Communication Research:    
           2 modules Introduction to Language and Society (SE1110)

2014 Cardiff University, Centre for Language and Communication Research:         
           4 modules Introduction to Language and Society (SE1110)
           2 modules Introduction to Human Communication (SE11007)

2013 Cardiff University, Centre for Language and Communication Research:         
           2 modules Introduction to Human Communication (SE11007)

2011 Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Department of English and Linguistics:
           4 modules Spoken English – Phonetics and Phonology of English