LINGUIST List 23.2660

Sat Jun 09 2012

Calls: Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/Poland

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Date: 08-Jun-2012
From: Ewa Bogdanowska-Jakubowska <>
Subject: 1st Sosnowiec Symposium on Communication across Cultures: Face and Interaction
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Full Title: 1st Sosnowiec Symposium on Communication across Cultures: Face and Interaction Short Title: CC2013FACE
Date: 26-Apr-2013 - 27-Apr-2013 Location: Sosnowiec, Poland Contact Person: Ewa Bogdanowska-Jakubowska
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2012

Meeting Description:

The Sosnowiec Symposium on Communication across Cultures is to bring together an international group of researchers who study interpersonal communication, its cross-cultural and intercultural aspects in particular. The term 'cross-cultural' is used […] to refer to the communication process that is comparative in nature (e.g., comparing conflict styles in cultures X, Y and Z), while the term 'intercultural' is used to refer to the communication process between members of different cultural communities (e.g., business negotiations between a Dutch importer and an Indonesian exporter) (Ting-Toomey, 1999:16).

The special theme of the symposium is Face and Interaction and thus focuses on the concept of face and its role in social interaction. As a scholarly concept face has existed for about sixty years. It was first introduced to academic discourse by Erving Goffman. Goffman created a theoretical construct and based it on the Chinese concept of face, as presented by Hsien Chin Hu (1944), in her seminal paper on Chinese face, and on some sociological theories (e.g., Emile Durkheim, 1915). Goffman's ideas about face and facework became an inspiration for representatives of many areas of social sciences.

Face is a multidimensional concept, involving psychological and social motivation, cultural knowledge, and the ability to perform appropriate roles; and as such it deserves to be presented in an interdisciplinary perspective. Thus the main aim of the CC2013FACE Symposium, which is the first of its kind in Poland, is to provide a forum for theorists and researchers working in fields such as linguistics, sociology, social psychology, communication studies, business studies, organizational studies and philosophy, though the symposium is open to all interested parties who would like to share with us their ideas about face.

We are pleased to announce that the following scholars have accepted to address the conference as plenary speakers:

Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini (University of Warwick, UK)Andrzej Łyda (University of Silesia, Poland)Maria Sifianou (University of Athens, Greece)Helen Spencer-Oatey (University of Warwick, UK)

Call for Papers:

We welcome any papers that are related to face and facework theory, application or practice.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words (excluding references) should be sent by email as a Word attachment to (Ewa Bogdanowska-Jakubowska, Conference Organizer) by 30 November 2012. The body of the email should include the name(s) of the author(s), affiliation, email address and paper title. The authors will be notified of acceptance via email by 31 December 2012.

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