Lauren Alex O' Hagan

PhD Candidate in Language and Communication, Cardiff University

I am a PhD student in Language and Communication at Cardiff University. I hold an MA in Applied Linguistics and a BA Hons in Modern Language Studies (English Linguistics and Spanish Language). I run B_Abel Linguistic Services - a company that offers translation, proofreading and EFL tutoring.

My current research uses a dataset of 3,000 book inscriptions to explore social hierarchies and class conflict in Edwardian Britain. I use an interdisciplinary approach that draws upon multimodality, ethnography and book history. I am particularly interested in the inscriptive practices of working-class and lower-class Edwardians and how they used inscriptions as symbolic representations of social mobility. I am also interested in 'deviant' Edwardian inscriptive practices (i.e. coin, stamp and postcard defacing) and other popular Edwardian multimodal artefacts (i.e. trade union certificates of membership, marching banners of the Temperance Society and the Women's Social and Political Union).


  • –present
    PhD Student in Language and Communication, Cardiff University


  • 2015 
    Cardiff University, MA Applied Linguistics