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Message 1: Session: Perspectives on Proximization
Date: 17-Dec-2010
From: Piotr Cap <strus_plyahoo.com>
Subject: Session: Perspectives on Proximization
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Full Title: Session: Perspectives on Proximization

Date: 01-May-2011 - 03-May-2011
Location: Poznan, Poland
Contact Person: Piotr Cap
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://ia.uni.lodz.pl/pragmatics/events/international-workshop-session-perspectives-on-proximization

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 03-Jan-2011

Meeting Description:

Title: Perspectives on Proximization: Recognizing Boundaries, Building Bridges

Conveners: Piotr Cap and Monika Kopytowska

Proximization is a cognitive-linguistic, pragmatic, as well as a critical discourse analytic concept which accounts for the symbolic construal of relations between entities within the Discourse Space (DS) (Chilton 2005) - most notably, the symbolic shifts whereby the peripheral elements of the DS are construed as the central ones, members of the 'deictic center' (Chilton 2004, 2005; Cap 2006) of the Space. The explanatory power of proximization has been utilized within a number of different theoretical frameworks and thematic domains. Chilton (2005, 2010) draws upon it in the cognitive-grammatical Discourse Space Theory, Cap (2006, 2008, 2010) makes it part of his pragma-cognitive model of legitimization, Hart (2010) incorporates it in his multidisciplinary approach to (metaphoric) construals of the speaker-external threat. Proximization, both as a construct and a methodological tool, operates across diverse research domains, though most commonly in public/political discourses: crisis construction (triggered by the construed impact of the DS peripheral elements on its central elements) and the war rhetoric (Chovanec 2010; Okulska and Cap 2010), the (anti-)immigration discourse (Hart 2010, in press), political party representation (Cienki, Kaal and Maks 2010), construction of national memory (Filardo Llamas 2010), to name but a few. A very important addition to the theory of proximization have been Kopytowska's (2009, 2010a, 2010b) attempts to trace proximization effects at the meta-level of mediatized discourse, involving seeing the DS not only as a speaker-addressee territory, but also as a mediated environment in which the apparently 'peripheral' news content is portrayed as deictically close to the news audience which occupies the center of the DS. Such a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches calls for a workshop meeting during which the participants, working with proximization within diverse research paradigms and agendas, will discuss, (i) ways in which the disciplines where proximization is utilized could agree on common methodological procedures yielding possibly broader explanatory results, (ii) the most promising and/or newly evolving thematic areas for the application of proximization as a descriptive tool, (iii) the methodological status of proximization as a component in theoretical models vs. its role as an umbrella parameter of description, comprising sub-parameters.

Invited speakers:

Piotr Cap (University of Lodz, convener)
Paul Chilton (Lancaster University)
Alan Cienki (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Laura Filardo Llamas (University of Valladolid)
Christopher Hart (University of Hertfordshire)
Bertie Kaal (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Monika Kopytowska (University of Lodz, convener)


Call for Papers:

We aim to select 3 submissions which will complement the invited papers (please see the list of invited speakers in the meeting description). Please submit abstracts (200-300 words) at strus_plyahoo.com (Prof. Piotr Cap) and monika.kopytowskagmail.com (Dr. Monika Kopytowska). The abstracts should reflect the theme of the workshop and should be sent to both addresses no later than January 3, 2011. Notification of acceptance/rejection will follow in the course of January 2011.



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