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LINGUIST List 23.4199

Mon Oct 08 2012

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics/India

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 08-Oct-2012
From: Cornelia Ilie <cornelia.iliegmail.com>
Subject: Leadership and Discourse: Exploring Leadership Practices, Image Construction and Power Management
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Full Title: Leadership and Discourse: Exploring Leadership Practices, Image Construction and Power Management

Date: 08-Sep-2013 - 13-Sep-2013
Location: New Delhi, India
Contact Person: Cornelia Ilie
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 01-Nov-2012

Meeting Description:

Leadership and Discourse: Exploring Leadership Practices, Image Construction and Power Management
Panel organized within the 13th International Pragmatics Conference, to be held in New Delhi, India, 8-13 September 2013


Cornelia Ilie, Malmö (Sweden)
Geert Jacobs, Ghent (Belgium)
Daniel Perrin, Zürich (Switzerland)

It's been argued that managers 'win the game' by understanding the rules, applying them, and purposely breaking them at times (Nielsen 2009) while leaders win by understanding that rules change, by anticipating that things move in different directions, and by inspiring their teams to follow - even without evidence (Bolden & Gosling 2006). Recent work in this area has given evidence of the crucial role of language in this game (Clifton, 2012. Such insights call for a new strand of research that is no longer quantitative, rooted in social psychology and focused on what leaders are, but qualitative, oriented towards discourse and interested in what leaders do.


Bolden, Richard, & Gosling, Jonathan (2006). Leadership competencies: Time to change the tune? Leadership, 2(2), 147-163.

Clifton, Jonathan (2012). A discursive approach to leadership. Journal of Business Communication, 49(2), 148-168.

Nielsen, Mie Femo (2009). Interpretative management in business meetings. Understanding managers' interactional strategies through conversation analysis. Journal of Business Communication, 46(1), 23-56.

Call for Papers:

Our interdisciplinary panel brings together wide-ranging empirical research that goes behind the scenes of organizations (business, politics, media, health and others) to unravel discursive leadership practices as they unfold in situ. In particular, we invite contributions that explore how leadership discourse is impacted by increasing pressures of glocalization (the need to communicate across cultures and languages), mediatization (leaving ubiquitous, durable digital traces), standardization (with quality management programmes negotiating organizational procedures), mobility (endless fast-paced long distance synchronization) and acceleration (permanent co-adaption and change).

In order to get deeper insights into the competing, multi-voiced, controversial and complex identities and relationships enacted in leadership discourse practices, we welcome cross-cultural and gender-related approaches. The workshop discussion moves beyond questions of who is a leader and what leaders do, to how leadership is practiced in various communities of practice and how leadership makes change possible.

We are interested in contributing to an enhanced understanding of how leadership is discursively constructed, de-constructed and re-constructed in a variety of formal and informal organizational activities from mentoring and motivating to gatekeeping and decision-making. Data can be drawn from oral, written and digital interaction, including meetings, interview, written policy documents, writing processes, all kinds of reports, websites, emails and social network sites.

Abstracts should be ca 500 words, equivalent to max. one average A4 or Standard-size page, single spacing, Times pt 12. Prospective panel contributors are expected to submit their abstracts first to the panel convenor at cornelia.iliegmail.com as email attachments. After obtaining the acceptance of the panel organisers they can afterwards submit the abstracts online at the conference website.

The official deadline for abstract submissions is on November 1, 2012, but, as indicated above (and on the conference website), prospective contributors have to submit their abstracts first to the panel organisers, at least a week before the official deadline. After obtaining the convenor's acceptance, the prospective contributors will be able to submit their abstracts online at the conference website.

All information about the conference, the conference panels and the submission procedure can be found at the conference website:


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