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Full Title: 7th Language in the Media

Short Title: LiM7
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Start Date: 18-Oct-2017 - 20-Oct-2017
Contact: Tommaso M. Milani
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Meeting Description: The University of the Western Cape and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg are pleased to announce the 7th Language in the Media conference which will be held at the University of the Western Cape, 18-20 October 2017.

Theme - Mediat(is)ing (Trans)Nationalism

Keynote Speakers:

- Branca Falabella Fabricio (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
- Pumla Gqola (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)
- Erez Levon (Queen Mary University of London)
- Crispin Thurlow (University of Bern)

Historically, mass media (print, television and radio) has been the primarily loci for advertising, news broadcasts and entertainment shows. These days, however, media outlets have morphed from mass (top-down) communication to socially oriented (horizontal) computer-mediated communication. Engaging with the various histories, powers and representation of the very many media forms is far from complete with this year’s focus on transnationalism in its diverse mediated forms.

Initiated in 2005 and previously hosted in UK, USA and Ireland, and Germany, the Language in the Media (LiM) conference will be held for the first time in South Africa. The conference theme, namely “language and the media(tisa)tion of (trans)nationalism” is particularly relevant for South Africa as it resonates with an emerging Southern critique of reduced, misrepresented and/or essentialised Southern everyday representations in the media. Notably, the theme not only seeks to foreground investigations of how different forms of (trans)nationalism are produced and circulated linguistically/discursively in a variety of media sites; it also highlights analyses of the role played by the media in commodifying language(s) and other semiotic resources (such as the body) and disseminate them through global, transnational networks. Finally, we are also interested in papers that draw upon empirical data in order to question a geopolitics of knowledge that has historically privileged “Northern” theorising in media sociolinguistics.
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 27.4939

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