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Full Title: Identity Political Discourse Facing Migrations

Short Title: DPI 3
Location: Montpellier, France
Start Date: 20-Oct-2017 - 21-Oct-2017
Contact: Arnaud Richard
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Migration phenomena are questioning the way to conceive territories and relations with populations. The two elements are not fixed, neither in time, nor space; they can be modified and they are evolving with their own definitions and with the way we are constantly considering them. The identity of a territory and its inhabitants are facing new characteristics, new delimitations, that have to consider the past as a whole. With publication, we would like to deal with migrations and the way they are understood and treated as identity political discourses.

The recent news in the media and political agendas, regarding countries and conflicts in Syria, Libya or Iraq are putting under the spot the question of refugees and more broadly migrants. The move of populations for their lives, their safety or economical survival carries numbers and images quite shocking. Europe is facing a huge “migration crisis”. Humanitarian situation is an emergency. The migrants are “flooding” through Greece, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Romania… when Austria, Germany and Hungary are “reinstituting borders controls”. We are talking about “camps” to be created, “walls” to be built.

Major changes seem to operate in the hosting countries where we can state the growth of nationalism with violent reactions related to the feeling of insecurity, fear or national preference. Xenophobic acts are often perpetrated. Locations to host migrants are sometimes dismantled or criticized. Refugees’ centers were burnt in Germany or France.

Thus we can ask ourselves how to deal the topics related to migration trough the lens of discourse analysis in general. What does the discourse analyst have to bring to the understanding of these historic, geographical, sociological, ethnological and anthropological phenomena? What are the tools to think and consider the move and reception in the media and political narratives? For example, we think about analysis dealing the notions of event, memory, circulation, interdiscourse, heterogeneity, or interaction. Then, what are the specific linguistic, typological or stereotypical discourses on migration? How can we analyze the discourse on migration that is sometimes different locally and globally (difference of perspectives)? But also, how can we understand the discourse of rejection, violence and immobility? How can we grasp the discourses of national or international readjustments, as well as political, cultural and identity justifications? How are the events related to migrations in the media and political discourses treated and described?

These questions will help us draw a state of art from the inside and the outside of national spaces and more broadly nourish the reflection of discourse studies on societies. We are conceiving that political spaces are mental spaces in individual ecosystems.

Key words:
Discourses of societies, political and media discourse, migration, territory, refugees, power and space, cultural ecology, (cross-)identity relation
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis
LL Issue: 28.860

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