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Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD)

Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD) is an ongoing project which aims to foster and promote cross-disciplinary communication in critical discourse research. This site is intended as a resource for both students and scholars critically involved with discourse.

CfP: Questioning European Value: Discursive Constructions of Europe

 

Questioning European Values: Discursive Constructions of Europe

Ljubljana, 11 - 13 March 2011

Organized by Educational Research Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Consortium in Humanities (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia)

http://www.pei.si/Sifranti/StaticPage.aspx?id=80

Call for papers

The widespread enthusiasm for Europe from the beginning of the 1990s is largely being replaced by equally widespread resignation. It seems that the European political project is continuing more on inertia than on genuine political, social, and economic ideas or coherent programs. At the same time, the social, economic, and political problems that have caused disappointment and disillusionment among the peoples of Europe are very real and persistent. We are therefore confronted with a social, political, and economic crisis of Europe on the one hand, and a crisis of popular political and social imagination on the other, allowing for project Europe to perpetuate itself despite its increasing lack of political legitimacy and despite the increase in social ills, which the EU is (if not outright responsible for) at least unable to remedy.

Specific conference topics include:

  • Europe in media and public discourse
  • Europe, the Welfare State, and Neoliberalism
  • A common European history?
  • Knowledge-based economy and knowledge society
  • Europe and democracy

Plenary Speakers:

Abstracts of 400-500 words (excluding references) should be sent by email as a Word attachment to primoz.krasovec@gmail.com and igor.zzagar@gmail.com by 30 November 2010. Please include name, affiliation, email address and paper title in the body of the email.  All abstracts will be subject to peer review. Notification of acceptance decisions will be communicated via email by 31 December 2010.  Papers will be allocated 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions. The language of the conference is English.

CfP: Stylistics across Disciplines

University of Leiden, The Netherlands

June 16-17, 2011

http://www.hum.leiden.edu/research/stylistics/news/cfp-stylistics-across-disciplines.html

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

  • Prof. dr. Douglas E. Biber, Northern Arizona University (USA)
  • Prof. dr. Barbara Dancygier, University of British Columbia (Canada)
  • Prof. dr. Arie Verhagen, Leiden University (Netherlands)

Stylistics is a field of study that is growing and developing fast. Its central concern is the way cognitive and communicative effects are achieved by means of linguistic choices. It therefore encompasses literary studies and linguistics as well as discourse studies. In spite of the shared, overarching definition of what it is, the field of study of Stylistics is highly fragmented. It mainly takes place within the boundaries of the various, more traditional, domains of study, e.g. literary analysis, rhetoric, (critical) discourse analysis, applied linguistics, etc. As a result, a comprehensive understanding of the wide variety of interests and foci of attention in stylistic studies, as well as exchange of knowledge between these research domains, is developing relatively slowly.

We invite participants from all relevant fields to participate in the Stylistics across disciplines conference to discuss the opportunities and problems regarding the development of Stylistics as a coherent and methodologically sound research discipline.

Please submit your abstract (in Word or PDF format, containing the title of your paper, author's name(s) and affiliation(s), max. 500 words) to stylistics@hum.leidenuniv.nl. The deadline for abstract submission is December 15, 2010. Notification of acceptance will be by February 1, 2011.

CFP: Spectres of Class: Representing Social Class from the French Revolution to the Present

  

University of Chester

15-16 July 2011

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to give a name to one of many spectres haunting the West: the spectre of class (manifested as movements, protests, identities, and inequalities). The gap between the rich and poor in the UK is currently the widest since the Second World War, according to a 2010 report by the National Equality Panel and, as the consequences of global recession deepen, the cuts imposed by governments in the West are likely to exacerbate social inequalities. In response to these forces, the Spectres of Class conference will consider the ways in which class is represented in language, literature and other cultural formations since the French Revolution, seeking to understand the historical basis of class identities and their manifestations today.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words by Friday 25 March 2011 to: matt.davies@chester.ac.uk.

MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE HERE.

Communication and Cognition 2011: Manipulation, Persuasaion and Deception in Language

University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
26 January 2011 - 28 January 2011

 

Keynote speakers

  • Pascal Engel (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Frans van Eemeren (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Miriam Metzger (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Dan Sperber (ENS, CNRS, Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris, France) 

The overall aim of this conference is to explore the various parameters that affect the way we process communicated information; as a case in point, this 2011 edition will focus on the issue of persuasive, manipulative, biased and fallacious verbal communication, with the goal of shedding light on different parameters that play a role in its ‘success'. In this respect, we seek contributions which specifically focus on those (formal, informal, cognitive, linguistic and contextual) aspects of communication that orient the interpretation of language and fulfil argumentative and persuasive ends, be it in interpersonal or
mass communication.

It is one of the purposes of this conference to stimulate interdisciplinary inquiry on these themes. Accordingly, contributions promoting an integration of different - yet complementary - trends into interdisciplinary models of information processing are encouraged. The organisers will particularly welcome papers located at the interface of the disciplines concerned, whether grounded on empirical evidence or presenting a theoretical model. However, all propositions dealing with persuasive, deceptive and/or manipulative communication are welcome.

The targeted fields of research include, but are not limited to: linguistics in a broad sense, including pragmatics and discourse analysis; philosophy (in particular philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, argumentation theory, rhetoric); psychology (in particular cognitive psychology and neuroscience); communication sciences in a broader sense, including media studies; social sciences, in particular social psychology and anthropology.
 

Full Call for papers

Rhetoric in Society III

 

Call for papers

Rhetoric in Society III, January 26 - 28   2011

Department of Applied Language Studies
Lessius University College

Antwerpen - Belgium

Keynote Speakers:

Gunther Kress
Christopher W. Tindale
Jef Verschueren

 

Rethinking rhetoric

Since Aristotle, the study of rhetoric has focused on the persuasive aspect of discourse in the political, forensic, and ceremonial domains. Rhetoric deals with doxa, the shared opinions and reasons people consider plausible and acceptable in a specific situation. It involves decisions taken by participants in public discourse on the basis of common deliberation and free choice in domains in which there can be no absolute truth, e.g. as in social and political life. Nowadays, we have come to realize the importance of rhetoric in all forms of discourse. There is no communication without some form of rhetoric.

Rhetoricians examine how people use arguments and language in order to convince or persuade an audience. But there is a lot more to rhetoric than that. It comprises more than sets of advice; in fact it is an art. It is the art of discovering what is persuasive in a given situation. This inventiveness points to how rhetoric has a heuristic function as well. It appeals to our creativity in our search for relevant questions and answers to specific matters. And as our discourse and arguments develop in interaction with other discourses (Voloshinov / Bakhtin), the hermeneutic aspect of rhetoric should not be overlooked. There is no rhetoric without analysis, interpretation and theoretical reflection. The art of speaking and writing "well" can be considered a cornerstone of our cultures and our educational systems.

Interdisciplinary research

The conference Rhetoric in Society aims to present and discuss different approaches to rhetoric. It will address this basic question: in what ways can the study of rhetoric function and provide an insight into our postmodern world?  Consequently, what can it claim about discourse in the public domain, how is it related to empirical sciences, what can it say about the ever increasing amount of information and opinion that pervades our lives? Conversely, it can also be asked in what way actual language and communication theories and disciplines draw on ancient rhetoric.

Contributions to the conference will cover a wide range of both themes and theories. They will cover a broad spectrum of academic fields and thus favour interdisciplinary research not only within the fields of rhetoric, rhetorical criticism, rhetorical citizenship, argumentation studies, pragmatics, critical discourse studies, text linguistics, art and literature, but also the fields of communication studies, journalism studies, political, social and educational studies, history and philosophy.

We welcome papers or panel proposals on the role of rhetoric and argumentation in written and oral discourse and genres, on topics such as: public deliberation, controversies, legal decision-making, spin, hyphenated writing, social change, political campaigning, social movements, public relations, publicity, advertising, management, corporate internal communication, art and literature, visual rhetoric and public media discourse.

The core themes of the conference are:

Rhetoric in journalism and new media
Rhetoric in political discourse
Rhetoric in organizational discourse
Rhetoric in legal discourse
Rhetoric in education
Rhetoric in visual communication
Theoretical, historical and (inter)cultural perspectives on rhetoric

Abstracts

  • Please send your abstract of max. 300 words edited in MS Word to RIS3@lessius.eu.
  • The abstract should include a title, a research question, an indication of the theoretical framework, at least three bibliographical references, methodology, results and conclusion. The academic committee will review the abstracts (blind reviewing).
  • Deadline for abstracts is June 30thth 2010, 12 a.m. Central European time.
  • All contributions should be presented in English only.
  • Please mention in your abstract the conference theme(s) within which you wish to present your paper.
  • Please put your name in the subject of your mail, and your further references in the mail message (affiliation, university or institution, e-mail, phone number, most important publications on the topic if possible, and the title of your paper).
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent before September 15th 2010.

Proceedings

Proceedings will be published digitally after the conference on the conference website. A selection of the proceedings will be published in book form. Your paper should be submitted by April 1st, 2011 at the latest.

 

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