Coimbra Gomes Elvis

Coimbra Gomes Elvis

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Research areas

Language, gender & sexuality
Health communication

Critical discourse analysis
Corpus linguistics
Ethnography (online)

Gender studies
Queer theory
Cognitive theories of obsessive-compulsive disorder
Assessment strategies of language learning


Events and demonstrations


OCD in Society (8 June 2019)
Considering the prevalence of quantitative studies researching obsessive-compulsive disorder, the goal of the conference was to provide a platform that highlights qualitative work. As such, the one-day event brought together OCD sufferers, psychotherapists, artists, and charities with scholars from the humanities and social sciences to think about the different ways that OCD is understood in our society: be that through stories by affected people from different backgrounds, fictitious narratives in films and novels, media reports, music, artwork (e.g. paintings, carvings, performances) or different institutions (e.g. academia, charities, mental health services). It is only through an understanding of how meaning about OCD is circulated in and regulated by society that we can find appropriate measures to take social action.

This event has since then been organized by different people across different institutions across the UK and North America.

OCD in Society 2 (28-29 May 2021)
The second edition of the conference series that I started in 2019. See the previous entry for more details.




Elvis Coimbra Gomes earned his PhD in Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London in 2021, after having received an MA degree in English (2016) and a BA degree in Film Studies at UNIL (2014). He is currently completing an MA degree in language teaching at the HEP-VD, while teaching at the English Department. In his research, Elvis applies qualitative and quantitative tools from sociolinguistics (critical discourse analysis, ethnography, corpus linguistics) on two different levels: 
Focusing on sexuality and gender-related obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Elvis is interested in exploring how affected people orient in their discourse towards normative ideas of selfhood, gender, sexuality and mental health when making sense of their experience.
Elvis is also interested in understanding the different ways language and ideology get intertwined in discourse for social and political goals. For instance, he has recently explored the role of metonymy in anti-genderist discourses when framing feminist and LGBT+ groups as dangerous Others. 
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