Wesam Amer (born 1980 in Gaza), M.A.,, studied applied linguistics at Anglia Ruskin University-Cambridge. His MA thesis examines linguistic features, ‘Transitivity selections’, used in the British Press (The Guardian and The Times) to cover the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip, following Halliday’s Systematic Functional Grammar as a tool in CDA and Critical linguistic generally.
Since May 2011, he is a DAAD scholar and a PhD student at the Graduate School Media and Communication, University of Hamburg.
Amer’s doctoral thesis under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jannis Androutsopoulos and Prof. Dr. Irene Neverla, provides a systematic discourse analysis of (online) US, British, Israeli and Arab influential newspapers’ coverage of three wars in the Middle East, the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Israeli War on Lebanon in 2006 and the Israeli War on Gaza 2008-09, and the ways in which the participants and the events are represented in the newspapers. Critical Discourse analysis and News Frame Analysis examine the linguistic, political and ideological contexts of the newspapers’ discourse on the coverage of three wars in the Middle East.