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Calls: Disc Analysis, Pragmatics, Socioling/United Kingdom

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        1.     Svetlana Kurtes , Breaking the News on European Televisions

Message 1: Breaking the News on European Televisions
Date: 12-Oct-2010
From: Svetlana Kurtes <s.kurtesgooglemail.com>
Subject: Breaking the News on European Televisions
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Full Title: Breaking the News on European Televisions

Date: 03-Jul-2011 - 08-Jul-2011
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Svetlana Kurtes
Meeting Email: s.kurtesgooglemail.com

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 23-Oct-2010

Meeting Description:

IPrA Panel: Breaking the news on European televisions: cross-cultural
perspectives (an ENIEDA initiative)

Panel convenors:
Svetlana Kurtes (Cambridge, UK)
Teodora Popescu (Alba Iulia, Romania)

Discussant:
Cornelia Ilie (Malmo, Sweden)

The panel is organised by members of ENIEDA (The European Network for
Intercultural Education Activities). The central goal of ENIEDA is to promote
research in the field of intercultural education and linguistic studies across
European countries and beyond.

In this panel we would like to present and discuss some major issues of a
new cross-cultural project that we have recently initiated. Its end-goal is to
provide a cross-cultural analysis of the layout, structure and thematic
sequencing of TV news programme in several European countries. The
ways in which such programmes are designed, planned and structured and
carried out is of utmost importance for the ways in which they are received,
perceived and evaluated by the intended audiences, as well as by other
audiences. While the ongoing process of 'harmonisation' and 'convergence'
of information channels is taking place across national borders in Europe,
the specific organisation, layout, scope and focus on national TV news
programmes display varying specific recurring patterns of framing the news.
Our particular interest in mapping the characteristics of individual news
programmes and comparing them across national borders was prompted by
a growing need to better understand the commonalities and differences
between culture-based media activities that play an important role in
representing, and at the same time in shaping, the perceptions, mentalities
and identities of millions of Europeans on the continent.

Call For Papers

Our research strategy aims at understanding not only patterns of media use
of news, but also its socio-cultural embeddedness. On a macro-level, a most
useful analytical approach has been the action theoretical frame of analysis
of TV news used in Renckstorf, McQuail and Jankowski (1996) and further
developed in Renckstorf, McQuail and Jankowski (2001). On a pragmatic
micro-level we make use of a pragma-rhetorical and critical discourse-
analytical approach (McQuail 1992, Renckstorf et al. 2001).

The starting point is a pragma-rhetorical approach to institutional discourse
(Ilie 2006), which focuses on the correlation between spatial-temporal
frames (in terms of spatial and temporal elements, i.e. participant positioning
in space and time), participant frames (in terms of shifting roles and
identities, as well as speaker-addressee and speaker-audience
relationships) and interaction frames (in terms of institutional and
interpersonal structuring of participant relationships in goal-oriented
interaction activities). Particular emphasis is laid on the multimodal analysis
of the visual layout, the interactive speaker-audience interface, the
gendered role distribution, the layout and sequencing of different types of
news (politics, economy, culture, sports, weather).

The project investigations will focus on the main national (public) television
news broadcasters in the European countries under scrutiny. The basic
research questions to be addressed in the panel contributions are the
following:

- Which are the typical or defining features of news programmes across
cultural and national borders in the European countries under consideration
in terms of setting, visual cues, content, structure, interaction? Which
general and specific purposes do they serve?

- Which broadcasting conventions are common to news programmes in
most of the European countries concerned?

- What ideological assumptions and socio-cultural values seem to be
embedded in the layout, structure and content of different news
programmes?

- How are social and/or transnational phenomena regarding asylum
seekers, migrants, minority groups, a.s.o., presented and treated in news
broadcasts across Europe? Which are the biased forms of representation
used in news programmes?

- To what extent do certain news programmes depart from or stretch the
conventions of the genre? How do particular types of news programmes
depart from the conventions of the genre?

- In what ways do particular news programmes respond to audience
expectations and in what ways do they contribute to constructing audience
expectations?

References
Ilie, Cornelia. 2006. Towards a pragma-rhetorical approach: From rhetoric
to pragmatics and beyond. In Ashok Thorat (ed.) Pragmatics, 16-37.
Institute of Advanced Studies in English, Aundh, Pune.

McQuail, D. 1992. Media performance: Mass communication and the public
interest. Sage.

Renckstorf, K., McQuail, D. and Jankowski, N. (eds.). 1996. Media use as
social action: A European approach to audience studies. London/Rome:
Libbey.

Renckstorf, K., McQuail, D. and Jankowski, N. (eds.). 2001. Television news
research: Recent European approaches and findings. Berlin: Quintessenz.

Call For Papers

We welcome participants wishing to take part in the panel and invite
abstracts for 30 minute long presentations (inclusive of discussion time) on
the topics suggested, but not strictly limited to the list above.

Abstracts should be anonymous, up to 400 words (including examples and
references), submitted as an attachment (doc, rtf or pdf) to the panel
convenors:

Svetlana Kurtes (s.kurtesgooglemail.com)
Teodora Popescu (teo_popescuhotmail.com).

Please specify 'IPrA Panel' in the subject of your message, and include
author(s) name(s), affiliation(s) and contact details (including email
addresses) in the body of the message.

Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: 23 October 2010
Notification of acceptance: 26 October 2010
Final submission via the IPrA website: 29 October 2010.

Please note that in order to participate you need to be an active member of
IPrA. Further details and instructions are to be found at:
http://ipra.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.CONFERENCE12&n=1403

Please read the instructions carefully!

We look forward to receiving your contributions,
Svetlana Kurtes & Teodora Popescu
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