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Full Title: Political Linguistics III

      
Short Title: PL2014
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Start Date: 08-May-2014 - 10-May-2014
Contact: Monika Kopytowska
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://pl.ils.uw.edu.pl
Meeting Description: Political Linguistics III
(Re)construing Nationhood in ‘(Un)doing Europe’ Today?
Warsaw, 8-10 May 2014
URL: http://pl.ils.uw.edu.pl
Contact: pl.ils@uw.edu.pl

This third edition of the Political Linguistics conference series will examine the current nexus between national and European thinking (in talk and text). Our focus is on the various discursive (re)constructions of national identification vis-à-vis Europe (and the contemporary world in the background): whether, and if so, then how, where and why, the ongoing discourses of European integration (and disintegration) invigorate, mute, or simply redefine national talk in (semi)public practices and domains, whether domestically or internationally. Relational, dynamic and integrative perspectives on nationhood are welcome in particular: how does the national element interact with other social dimensions and categories, especially those based in regional, global, political, professional or gender and age-related variation? What is the role of ideologies and policies of multiculturalism, employment, race and immigration? Do national (and nationalistic) arguments correlate with parameters of social diversification (economic, educational; elitist and egalitarian attitudes)?

The conference will address discursive (texts, genres, metaphors, etc.), and more broadly, semiotic (artifacts, images, icons, etc.) manifestations of nationhood in how Europe is being ‘done’, but also ‘undone’ today This, we hope, will reveal various aspects, sites and styles of interdiscursivity and dialogization of difference (in the sense of Bakhtin) over issues involving national, European and international concerns. We welcome contributions examining interactions marked by power differential (esp. among citizens, politicians, experts and authorities).

Plenary Speakers:

Prof. Peter Berglez, Örebro University, Sweden
Prof. Elżbieta Hałas, University of Warsaw, Poland
Prof. Leszek J. Korporowicz, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Prof. Michał Krzyżanowski, University of Aberdeen, UK
Prof. John E. Richardson, Loughborough University, UK
Prof. Carlo Ruzza, University of Trento, Italy & University of Leicester, UK
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 24.851


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