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Sun Dec 14 2003

Calls: Panel: Discourse Analysis/CA USA

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  1. Adam Hodges, AAA 2004 Panel Call for Papers: Discourse, War, and Terrorism

Message 1: AAA 2004 Panel Call for Papers: Discourse, War, and Terrorism

Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2003 17:19:55 -0700
From: Adam Hodges <>
Subject: AAA 2004 Panel Call for Papers: Discourse, War, and Terrorism

AAA 2004 Panel Call for Papers: Discourse, War, and Terrorism

Dear colleagues,

I am preparing a panel for the 2004 American Anthropological
Association conference in San Francisco (November 17-21) on Discourse,
War, and Terrorism, and welcome submissions from interested

The panel's theme is designed to explore various aspects of language
relating to international terrorism and the Bush administration's
ongoing war on terror. My own desire to explore this topic arises
from work I have done on the framing and conceptualization of
international terrorism in presidential discourses through metaphors
of war.

Language is a primary tool used in the socio-cultural construction of
identities, ideologies, and frameworks of cultural understanding. The
goal of this panel is to explore these issues in relation to war and
terrorism in a globalized world. For example, how are individual and
group identities in times of modern military conflicts or in the wake
of terrorist events constructed through discursive practices? How are
enemies defined and identified as other? How does the discursive
production of nationalist ideologies affect the conceptualization of
international terrorism? How do relations of gender inform discourses
of war and terrorism? What does Arabic or Arabic inflected English
represent or implicate in such discourses, e.g. what does Arabic index
and iconize in Western cultural understandings of the Arab Middle
East? How are discourses surrounding terrorism framed by particular
religious perspectives, e.g. jihad, crusade, etc.? How are identities
and ideologies constructed differently with regards to domestic
vs. foreign perpetrators of terrorism? How do language, culture and
cognition overlap in individual and collective understandings of

This panel is most interested in papers that analyze empirical
language data to explore these topics. Different methodological
paradigms and academic perspectives are welcome. An attempt will be
made to form a panel that represents a diverse approach to these
topics, drawing from work in linguistic anthropology,
sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, and socially oriented
discourse analysis. Please address questions and/or send 250-word
abstracts to Adam.HodgesColorado.EDU by February 1, 2004. Informal
inquiries and expressions of interest are welcome in advance of the
due date.

Adam Hodges
Department of Linguistics
University of Colorado
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