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Full Title: 1st Bydgoszcz Symposium on Discursive Constructions of Europe

      
Location: Bydgoszcz, Poland
Start Date: 15-Nov-2013 - 16-Nov-2013
Contact: Virginia Rutkowska
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://dceconference.byd.pl
Meeting Description: The conference aims to explore the current conceptualizations of Europe and Europeanness and their expressions in a variety of discourses in/of/about Europe: national vs. international, institutionalized, media, as well as local/individual discourses of citizens. The conference aims to explore the current conceptualizations of Europe and Europeanness and their expressions in a variety of discourses in/of/about Europe: national vs. international, institutionalized, media, as well as local/individual discourses of citizens. The goal of the conference is to provide an international forum for discussion along the following lines:

- ‘Europeanness’ in national discourses of the modern Europe: issues of regional, national and international identity; defining and redefining identity over time; evolution of European identity in the face of national and international developments; evolution of European mind-set within/across different cultural contexts and historical backgrounds

- Locality and globality in the discourse of the Euroland: defining locality and globality in economic, cultural and political terms; factors/criteria determining perception of Europe’s center and periphery; individual and local freedoms in the context of international relations and institutions; homogeneity and heterogeneity of European cultural legacy as factors affecting the sense of socio-cultural belonging at local/global levels; construction of values as (negotiated) indicators of belonging at the national vs. EU level

- Discourses of Europe in ‘old’ and ‘new’ member countries of the EU: construals of the EU and its current members in countries differing with regard to the length of EU membership; highlighting vs. downplaying differences (demographic, social, cultural, political, axiological) between ‘old’ and ‘new’ members; cross-border relations between ‘old’ and ‘new’ member countries; regional partnership programs as potential assimilation triggers

- Exclusionary and inclusionary discourses of Europe; constructions of ‘US’ and ‘THEM’ in political/public discourse: defining the US vs. THEM divide/dichotomy/opposition from synchronic and diachronic perspectives; evolution of ‘contents’ of ‘US/THEM containers’ over time; issues of conceptual proximity and distance to/from the European ‘US/THEM’ expressed in current discourses in/about Ukraine, Greece, Turkey and the UK

- Issues of race, immigration, and xenophobia in European national discourses: construals of tolerance and rejection; discourse legitimation of ethnic, cultural, religious, etc. disparities; interculturality and cultural plurality as determinants of public policies at national and international levels; social assimilation/dissimilation of economic migrants; rise of socio-political enclaves; public policies fostering/resisting influx of minority groups

Plenary Speakers:

Prof. Dr. Łukasz Bogucki (University of Łódź, Poland)
http://ia.uni.lodz.pl/englang/staff/lbogucki

Prof. Dr. Andrzej Bronk (Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)
http://www.kul.pl/biogram,art_835.html
http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrzej_Bronk

Prof. Dr. Piotr Cap (University of Łódź and University of Economy, Bydgoszcz, Poland)
http://ia.uni.lodz.pl/pragmatics/faculty/pcap

Prof. Dr. Adam Grzeliński (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland)
http://www.filozofia.umk.pl/index.php?lang=_pl&m=page&pg_id=27
http://www.ikf.wsg.byd.pl/userfiles/files/grzelinski_biogram%20WSG.pdf

Prof. Dr. Laszlo Imre Komlosi (University of Pecs, Hungary)
http://old.btk.pte.hu/tanszekek/angol/nyelveszeti/komlosi.htm

Prof. Dr. Christian Giordano (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
http://www.unifr.ch/anthropos/fr/pres/team/giordano
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Translation
LL Issue: 24.1471


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