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Thu Oct 07 2010

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics/UK

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        1.    Cornelia Ilie, Gendering Discourses at the Private-public Sphere Interface

Message 1: Gendering Discourses at the Private-public Sphere Interface
Date: 06-Oct-2010
From: Cornelia Ilie <cornelia.iliegmail.com>
Subject: Gendering Discourses at the Private-public Sphere Interface
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Full Title: Gendering Discourses at the Private-public Sphere Interface

Date: 03-Jul-2011 - 08-Jul-2011
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Cornelia Ilie
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://ipra.ua.ac.be

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2010

Meeting Description:

Panel convener:
Cornelia Ilie, Malmö University, Sweden

The aim of the panel is to explore, by means of interdisciplinary approaches, the emerging discursive practices of women and men at the interface between private conversations and institutional dialogues in the field of journalistic, advertising and political interaction. Taking into account specific historical conditions and socio-cultural traditions, the panelists’ contributions combine analytical approaches devolving from discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, rhetoric and gender studies, to name but a few. These contributions are meant to stimulate a wider discussion about the empirical examination of gender role instantiations in various discourses, on the one hand, and about the theoretical issue regarding the selection of relevant analytical tools for mapping and investigating patterns of interactional gender dynamics through the co-construction of gender identity instantiated in interactional dynamics, discursive roles and interpersonal relations.

For many women, important communication occurs both in the private and in the public realm, where interactional strategies are sometimes directed at persuading and changing others and sometimes at achieving understanding and consensus. Initially research on gender-related communication patterns was carried out on private conversations (Lakoff 1975, Tannen 1990, 1992, Hirschman 1994), but more recently attention has gradually started to focus on women’s linguistic behaviour in the workplace (Tannen 1995, Eckert and McConnell-Ginet 1992, Holmes 2006), in the classroom and academic institutions (Lakoff 1990, Walkerdine 1990, 1998, Wodak 1997, Cameron 2006), in political and legal settings (Felderer 1997, Kotthoff 1997, McElhinny 1997, Lakoff 2000, Glenn 2004, Walsh 2006, Wodak 2008). The analytical emphasis has generally ranged from the overall structure of women’s and men’s narratives/dialogues down to the level of specific phrase and word usage. While both empirical and theoretical studies have proven invaluable in enhancing our awareness and knowledge of commonalities and differences in communication styles across genders, no particular efforts have been made to correlate the parallel analyses of institutional and of non-institutional patterns of language use as they occur in women’s and men’s private and public interactions.

The interactive strategies used in interpersonal and institutional positioning to reinforce or challenge the power balance between women and men can adequately be examined only by correlating the micro- and macro-levels of analysis in relation to socio-political cultures, conversational norms, institutional procedures, gender roles and rhetorical speaking styles. The panel contributors’ theoretical approaches will offer complementary perspectives on the verbal, paraverbal, and nonverbal levels of same-gender and cross-gender communication.

The individual analyses take into account culture-specific, language-specific and genre-specific factors, such as establishing and negotiating discursive roles and interactional relations, asserting and/or downplaying collocutor authority, asserting and/or refuting gendered positionings.

Call for Papers

Research questions:
(i) How do private discourses about personal lives of women and men intersect with public discourses in the sphere of politics, journalism, advertising, for example?

(ii) How are professional women and men represented and talked about in various institutional, non-institutional and semi-institutional (talk shows, etc.) discourses?

(iii) Is there a paradigm change in the gendered private/public interface of conventional and hybrid forms of interaction?

We welcome interested participants to join this panel with their contributions on related research and look forward to pooling our interests and insights with the aim to publish the papers presented at the panel.


gender, women, men, private sphere, public sphere, institutional discourse, non-institutional discourse, semi-institutional discourse

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