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CfP: Mind Discourse and Society

Theme Session Mind, Discourse and Society at 42nd Poznań Linguistic Meeting

Convener: Prof. dr hab. Małgorzata Fabiszak, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań, Poland,

This session is devoted to an interaction between the mind, discourse and society. In particular it focuses on how certain social actions are mediated by discourse (personal narratives, dynamic negotiation of self and a vision of the world in talk) and encoded in cognitive structures (frames, ICMs, metaphor, metonymy, force dynamics, image schemas). This new area of research has attracted several researchers working within the conceptual metaphor theory, discourse studies and cognitive linguistics. For example, Bernardez (2007) stresses the need to expand cognitive linguistic research beyond the solipsistic mind - container and to place it firmly in cultural interaction including the socio-historical dimension (synergic cognition). The role of metaphor in discourse has been noted already in the seminal studies by Charteris-Black (2004) and Musolff (2004), and this line of research has been steadily developing. Semino (2010) shows how to investigate the influence of text genre on metaphor in academic and educational discourses. Cameron et al. (2009) place metaphor in a discourse-dynamic perspective and show how it can be employed to express values of a particular speech community. Hart (2010) stresses the need for Cognitive Discourse Analysis to expand the discipline beyond metaphor and include Langacker's construal operations or Talmy's force dynamics in the investigation of discourse. Van Dijk (2009) advocates a socio-cognitive approach to ideology.

The major objective of the present session is investigate the role of cognitive structures in discourse, in particular with relation to the following topics:

  • memorialisation of traumatic historical events
  • the construction of victim and perpetrator in war narratives
  • negotiation of social hierarchy in the workplace
  • constructing empathy in conflict situations
  • representation of social minorities
  • gender and the workplace
  • values and their expression in discourse

The link between social action and discourse can, for example, take the form of collective identity construction through individual re-telling of the hegemonic narrative in memorialisation discourse; negotiating the course of action by competing groups in the workplace; framing of social issues as highlighting some courses of political action and hiding others (cf Nerlich et al 2002 on FMD and Nerlich 2005 stem cell research); the construction of social norms and values as prerequisite for creating social cohesion uniting individuals into groups pursuing common goals. 

The abstracts should comply with the general guidelines of the conference and be submitted via EasyChair system by 21 January 2011.

CfP: ECREA Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction Conference 2011

The 2011 Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction (ICSI) Section Conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) will be hosted by the School of Communication, University of Ulster.  It will take place in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 8-9 Sept 2011.

The aim of the conference is to draw together scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines working in the field of interpersonal communication and social interaction.

The keynote speakers are:

  • Professor Peter Schulz (Institute of Communication and Health, University of Lugano, Switzerland)
  • Professor Monica Whitty (Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester, England)

ECREA's ICSI section now welcomes the submission of original proposals for unpublished papers on one of the following themes:

  • face-to-face relationships
  • mediated contexts
  • conflict situations
  • organisational and professional contexts
  • health and care contexts
  • intercultural contexts
  • language and social interaction

Further details can be found on the conference website at

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


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

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 and 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


  • 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 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:


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


  • Please send your abstract of max. 300 words edited in MS Word to
  • 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 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.


University of Malaya Conference on Discourse and Society

University of Malaya Conference on Discourse and Society (UMDS2010)

Theme: Interdisplinary Approaches to Discourse

June 16-18, 2010

Hilton Hotel, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Call for papers

UMDS2010 Website:

The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Malaya is pleased to announce the University of Malaya Conference on Discourse and Society (UMDS2010) which will be held at Hilton Hotel, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. The conference aims to bring together scholars from various disciplines to exchange ideas as well as offer new perspectives and directions in research on discourse and society. We welcome papers from any topic in the field of discourse and especially those that focus on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives of discourse. Areas of interest include:

  • Discourse and Education
  • Discourse and Gender
  • Discourse and Multimodality
  • Discourse and Workplace
  • Discourse and Religion
  • Discourse and Globalisation
  • Discourse and the Environment
  • Discourse and Technology
  • Discourse and Politics
  • Intercultural Discourses
  • Minority Discourses
  • Other related areas of research in discourse and society

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Emeritus dato' Dr. Asmah Haji Omar (University of Malaya)
  • Professor Ruth Wodak (University of Lancaster)
  • Professor Theo van Leeuwen (University of Sydney)

Submissions are invited for abstracts for oral presentations. All abstracts should be limited to 300 words in either English or Bahasa Malaysia and must be sent to by 14 February 2010.

Paper presentations will be 20 minutes in duration with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. Papers accepted for presentation will be notified by April 16, 2010.

For more information please contact:  


Text-mining in the Digital Humanities

  Call for Papers

Text-mining in the Digital Humanities: The Interface between Conceptual History, Critical Discourse Analysis and Corpus Linguistics.

Lancaster University     Thu 13 - Fri 14 May 2010

The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to explore the potential for collaboration between researchers in Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), Corpus Linguistics (CL) and Conceptual History (CH), the study of key socio-political concepts in their historical context (see

Recent studies by mainly Lancaster-based researchers have suggested the methodological synergy that can result from combining CDA and corpus-linguistic approaches. Meanwhile, the discourse-historical approach in CDA developed by Ruth Wodak (Lancaster) overlaps with CH in its study of the discursive construction of collective identities that can themselves be seen as concepts, each with their own history. Finally, the development of increasingly sophisticated software programs, such as Lancaster's UCREL Semantic Analysis System, opens up exciting new research possibilities for mining the ever-increasing number of historical texts available in digital form. The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for researchers in CH, CDA and CL to discover how they might benefit from mutual collaboration. It should also be of interest to anyone in the Humanities and Social Sciences who works with texts and/or deals with basic socio-political concepts, including collective identities.

Guest speakers will include Jan Ifversen (Head of Institute for History and Area Studies, Aarhus University), Hans-Erich Boedeker (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin), both from the History of Political and Social Concepts Group, and Gerlinde Mautner (Vienna University of Economics and Business), who pioneered the use of corpus-linguistic techniques in CDA. The workshop will also include demonstrations of various software programs.

Abstracts (200-300 words)

We invite the submission of proposals for 20-minute papers from scholars working in:

  • Conceptual History (including historical semantics and metaphor history)
  • Critical Discourse Analysis (including critical metaphor analysis and cognitive approaches)
  • Corpus Linguistics (including historical text-mining and keyword extraction)

Possible topic areas for papers include, but are not limited to:

  • Case studies in using historical corpora
  • Concepts, texts and discourses
  • Conceptual history vs historical semantics
  • Conceptual contestation / conceptual innovation
  • Critical metaphor analysis and cognitive approaches
  • Different national approaches
  • Identities as concepts
  • The importance of context(s)
  • Reconstructing semantic fields
  • The role of concepts in the discourse-historical approach
  • What corpus linguistics can and cannot do
  • What makes a key word key?

Deadline for abstracts, to be sent to Prof. Anne Wichmann ( 26 March 2010.

Further information (accommodation, travel etc) will soon be available at  

CFP: From Text to Political Positions 2010

AMSTERDAM WORKSHOP - Political Text Analysis

9-10 April 2010, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Plenary speakers:

Kenneth Benoit (Trinity College, Dublin, Dept of Political Science)

Jan Kleinnijenhuis (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Dept of Communication Studies and The Network Institute)

Veronika Koller (Lancaster University, Dept of Linguistics and English Language) and Paul Davidson (University of Bradford, Department of Peace Studies)

Janyce Wiebe (University of Pittsburgh, Dept of Computer Science).

The workshop ‘From Text to Political Positions´ (T2PP) is intended to provide a meeting place for individual researchers and research groups focussing on the development of methods and techniques for the analysis of political texts. It will allow for dialogue between scholars working on complementary multidisciplinary projects, and so may lead to further collaboration. During these two days, plenty of time will be reserved for social and intellectual exchanges and the event will close with a round-table discussion.

The meeting will focus on comprehensive and precise methods for manual and automated analysis of subjectivity and the presentation of opinions in political texts.  Examples of relevant text-types include, but are not limited to: television news broadcasts, interviews, newspapers, opinion papers, parliamentary debates, manifestos, party websites, blogs, public-opinion polls on the internet and voting polls and election results.  Topic suggestions include:

  • Modelling positions of actors in political texts on issues and dimensions
  • Sociological and linguistic models for deep-structure analysis of political texts
  • Linguistic evidence of popularisation of language in politics
  • Politics in the media: methods of analysis in media discourse on politics
  • Securing quality in quantitative research methods
  • Analysing political discourse from a regional (e.g., European, Asian, African, British, USA) or global perspective
  • Acquisition and representation of subjectivity and modality (emotion, deontic and epistemic modality, urgency) as expressed lexically (e.g. ‘good/bad', ‘for/against', ‘can/will/should/must/shall', ‘say/state/assume/demand', pos./neg. ‘possible/likely') or on a higher discourse level.
  • The automatic annotation of subjective, deontic and modal layers of implications in texts to model complex opinions and positions of actors
  • Applications for political opinion mining and positioning tools
  • ... other suggestions are welcome

We invite 500-1000 word abstracts in English. They should be sent to

-- Deadline for abstracts: 29 January 2010

-- Notification of acceptance will be made by February 15th.

-- Participation will be based upon acceptance of refereed abstracts.

-- Only a limited number of papers (12-16) can be accepted to allow for 20 minutes per paper plus discussion time.

-- Deadline for papers from accepted participants: 10 March 2010

-- Accepted papers will be posted on the T2PP web site two weeks in advance as 'working papers' to enhance discussion and debate.

-- We plan to compile a selection of the papers and submit them to a peer-reviewed international journal for publication as a special issue.

Workshop cost: FREE - There will be no registration fee!

English and German Nationalist and Anti-Semitic Discourse (1871-1945)

The Historical Discourse Working Group and the Leo Baeck Institute, London , with the support of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations would like to announce their first international conference "English and German Nationalist and Anti-Semitic Discourse (1871-1945)" to be held at Queen Mary, University of London on 10-11 November 2010.  

The project website and detailed call for papers can be found at the following link:

Stefan Baumgarten  

Critical Link 6

Dear colleagues

I'd like to inform you of the 6th International Conference Critical Link to be held from 26-30 July 2010 at Aston University in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The main theme is 'Interpreting in a Changing Landscape'. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 October 2009. Abstract submission and registration can now be done online at

Click here for the Call for Papers and a postcard flyer.

Thanks and best wishes
Christina Schäffner

Call for Papers: Feminisms in Discourse

Dear all,

I’m putting together a panel titled ‘Feminisms in Discourse’ at the next Sociolinguistics Symposium, SS18, to be held in Southampton (United Kingdom), 1-4 September 2010.

Description of panel:

The terms ‘feminist’/’feminism’ are viewed in a variety of ways today: with suspicion and antipathy, as outmoded and redundant, or as a rallying self-identity marker for particular purposes, depending on the interactants and the situations.  This panel seeks to explore how notions about ‘feminists’ and/or ‘feminisms’ are construed explicitly in and through discourse i.e. how that gets to be talked about, represented, or acted upon in ways that may be sympathetic, disengaged, hostile, cooptative and so on, in texts and talk of everyday life.  Papers, based on sizeable empirical data, should clearly outline the analytical framework and methodology used in the study, and provide explicit and systematic analysis of the communicative strategies evident in the data.  The panel aims to investigate the myriad ways in which ‘feminists’ and ‘feminisms’ are understood by women and men (and girls and boys) in a variety of communicative settings, and cultural and (inter)national contexts. A variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives is welcome.

If anyone, whose research fits within the concerns of the panel, and would like to participate, please contact me directly and privately at I’m looking for initial expressions of interest by 26 October, followed by abstracts of 500 words by 4 November.

Michelle Lazar

CADAAD'08 Plenary Videos

The plenary presentations delivered at CADAAD 2008 can now be seen by clicking the links below:

Piotr Cap


Teun van Dijk

Jonathan Charteris-Black


Frans van Eemeren

Jonathan Potter


Ruth Wodak

CADAAD 2008 - Photos

Photos of CADAAD 08 are available at Please upload any photos of your own to Flickr using the tag "cadaad08" or alternatively send them to


Now that CADAAD 2008 seems a distant memory and we have had time to recover and reflect, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those there - the plenary speakers, presenters and other participants. We hope the conference was successful in providing a platform for the dissemination of critical discourse research.  We believe it was successful, as feedback affirms: "CADAAD is already THE international meeting for CDA scholars" (Teun van Dijk).

We very much look forward to CADAAD 2010, details of which will be announced in due course.

CADAAD'06 Plenary Videos

The plenary presentations delivered at CADAAD 2006 can now be seen by clicking the links below:

Gunther Kress


Christ'l De Landtsheer

Andreas Musolff


Louis de Saussure


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