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LINGUIST List 22.4075

Wed Oct 19 2011

Calls: Applied Ling, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Socioling/Lebanon

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Message 1: Dialogue Under Occupation VI
Date: 18-Oct-2011
From: Lawrence Berlin <L-Berlinneiu.edu>
Subject: Dialogue Under Occupation VI
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Full Title: Dialogue Under Occupation VI
Short Title: DUO VI

Date: 08-May-2012 - 11-May-2012
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Contact Person: Lawrence Berlin
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.dialogueunderoccupation.org

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

Call Deadline: 01-Dec-2011

Meeting Description:

The focus of 'Dialogue under Occupation' is the ongoing exploration of dialogue and discourse in areas of the world experiencing occupation with an eye toward resolution. Scholars from various disciplines, such as applied linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, communications, media studies, political science, cultural studies, and conflict resolution, are encouraged to participate.

Dialogue is presented as a complex concept, requiring 1) the participants; 2) the conditions for dialogue to commence; 3) the goal(s) of the dialogue - pre-established or arrived at through the dialogue itself. First, a minimum of two parties (i.e., individuals or groups of individuals representing a side or perspective) must be present. Second, conditions may include preconditions necessary to bring the parties together, procedures for engaging in dialogue, and a certain degree of mutual respect, without which the dialogue could not proceed and will not lead to any resolutions. Lastly, the dialogue itself must have a purpose - a common, achievable goal that participants can agree upon despite their differing perspectives. Purposeful dialogue has the potential to lead to an outcome that recognizes and respects the needs of the various participants while emerging with an agreement which all parties can abide.

Occupation, however, is a complicating factor which creates a power differential between participants: the occupied and the occupiers. If dialogue under occupation is to be successful, then, the conditions must include 1) the realization that the power differential exists; and 2) the willingness of the powerful to concede their preconceived, often hegemonic, notions of their position. It must also be understood by all parties that engaging in dialogue under occupation does not mean that the less powerful or powerless are accepting the occupation in any form, but that they are willing to confront their occupiers in an effort to be recognized as having equal human rights, including the ability to make autonomous decisions about how they should live and pursue their own definition of happiness.

Areas of focus are defined as the discourses of 1) enactment; 2) transaction; 3) reaction; and 4) resolution.

Call for Papers:

The focus of Dialogue under Occupation VI is on ways of communicating in and about areas of the world confronting occupation. Engaging in 'dialogue' under occupation does not mean that the less powerful or powerless are accepting the occupation in any way, shape, or form, but that people are willing to confront their occupiers in an effort to be recognized as having equal human rights, including the ability to make autonomous decisions about how they should live and pursue their own definition of happiness. However, being 'under occupation', these rights are undermined by the power differential between the occupier and the occupied.

As a result, if dialogue under occupation is to succeed in overturning injustice, circumstances must be created for the occupied to speak and act against occupation. It is within this space for action that we welcome presentations from activists, academics, and the general public for the forthcoming conference in Beirut in May 2012.

Scholars and professionals from various disciplines are invited to submit proposals that address the creation, maintenance, resistance, and resolution of occupation; the agreement to participate indicates willingness not only to present, but also to engage in debate and discussion actively. Work relating to hegemony, power, agency, identity, among others, will be particularly relevant.

For all proposals, send an abstract of 250-300 words in English or Arabic and a separate cover sheet including your name and organizational affiliation by December 1, 2011 to duo6dialogueunderoccupation.org. Notifications will be sent by January 15.

Strands:

Please identify which of the following four strands best relates to your presentation.

Enactment: The domains wherein the politics and policies of occupation are enacted, realized through institutions attributed with and exercising power over other institutions and the public (e.g., governments, religious organizations, education departments and agencies).

Transaction: The domains wherein information about policies is disseminated, endorsed, and/or challenged in an effort to inform (or misinform) the occupied and the occupiers (e.g., media sources, schools, churches).

Reaction: The domains wherein daily life under occupation occurs (e.g., the community, the workplace), loci where positioning of the 'self' vs. the 'other' - ingroup, outgroup, and/or intergroup status - transpires, and where historical narratives of occupation are revisited.

Resolution: The locus of peacemakers and peacekeepers, those who would peaceably resist occupation and find ways to resolve conflict, as well as those who advocate resignation, acceptance, and coexistence.



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