LINGUIST List 23.804

Fri Feb 17 2012

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Socioling, Ling Theories, Pragmatics/Portugal

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 16-Feb-2012
From: Augusto Soares da Silva <>
Subject: 2nd International Conference on Communication, Cognition and Media - Political and Economic Discourse
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Full Title: 2nd International Conference on Communication, Cognition and Media - Political and Economic Discourse
Date: 19-Sep-2012 - 21-Sep-2012 Location: Braga, Portugal Contact Person: Augusto Soares da Silva
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2012

Meeting Description:

2nd International Conference on Communication, Cognition and Media: Political and Economic DiscourseSeptember 19-21, 2012Catholic University of PortugalBraga, Portugal

Plenary Speakers:

Mats Alvesson (Lund University, Sweden)Patrick Charaudeau (Universite Paris 13, CNRS, France)Jonathan Charteris-Black (University of the West of England, UK)Veronika Koller (Lancaster University, UK)Joao Cesar das Neves (Catholic University of Portugal)Ruth Wodak (Lancaster University, UK)

Most phenomena in politics and economy are discourse social practices and conceptual perspectives about the world. Nearly all relevant topics and issues in current political science and economics have prominent discursive, cognitive and ideological dimensions. Political and economic power and domination as well as political and economic processes and structures are settled, legitimized and reproduced in political and economic discourse through the principles of conceptualization and experiential and environmental influences. Politics and economics are not confined to their leading actors, namely politicians, economists and business men, as they also include the public, people and citizens. Therefore politics and economics are two of the main areas of communication within the public sphere as well as within the global public sphere in contemporary world. The current financial world crisis and its devastating political, economic and social effects not only justify a growing interest about the political and economic discourse, but they also provide evidence for the interplay between politics and economy as well as the increasing domination of economy over politics and political discourse.

Research into political and economic discourse has been developed by Critical Discourse Analysis within a linguistics framework, since the late seventies, and also by Communication and Media Studies. Social sciences remain as the only and dominant framework. In the past two decades, the development of cognitive sciences, especially cognitive linguistics, cognitive psychology and neurosciences have been offering new and promising pathways for the critical and communicative study of political and economic discourse. They have also provided meaningful ideas in political science and economics. The cognitive perspective fosters the identification of the cognitive mechanisms and processes of political and economic conceptualization, relating them to the social practices and social and discursive structures. In this way, the cognitive approach provides a better understanding of the psychological and linguistic strategies for persuasion, argumentation and manipulation within political and economic communication.

Cognitive linguistics provides evidence of the cognitive and communicative power of conceptual metaphor and metonymy, mental spaces and conceptual blending, embodied image schemas, construal operations, cognitive frames and cultural cognitive models within political and economic discourse, as well as their bodily experiential motivations and ideological functions. For instance, metaphors of competition, war, disease, and those based on containment and path image schemas are principle organizers, both in political and in economic discourse and they serve influential covert and overt ideologies. Moreover, cognitive psychology and neurosciences have shown that emotion programs facilitate decision making processes, cheater-detection programs protect individuals against the risks of exploitation and that mirror neurons give rise to situated, synergetic and social cognition. Together with other psychological and neurological processes, these are determinant as far as manipulative political and economic discursive practices are concerned.

2nd Call for Papers:

Call deadline: March 31, 2012

The Conference aims to promote interdisciplinary research into the cognitive, socio-cultural, functional-pragmatic, linguistic and semiotic dimensions of political and economic discourse, organizational and businesses discourse, including their various, new and traditional genres and underlining empirical methodologies. It brings together Critical Discourse Analysis and Communication Studies traditions, the Cognitive Linguistics paradigm and other cognitively and socially oriented approaches to political and economic discourse.

Within this socio-cognitive and interdisciplinary context of research into political and economic discourse, papers are invited on the following (non-exclusive) themes and topics:

- Conceptual metaphor and metonymy, image schemas and conceptual blending in political and economic discourse- Cognitive frames and cultural cognitive models in political and economic communication- Construal and perspectivization operations (profiling, salience, distribution of attention, force dynamics, intersubjectivity) and their semantic, grammatical and pragmatic expressions within political and economic discourse- Overt and covert, conscious and unconscious ideologies in political and economic discourse, sociopolitical and socio-economic ideologies, ideologies of cross-cultural otherness- Discursive representations of national, ethnic, collective and corporate identities- Psychological, linguistic and semiotic strategies for manipulation in political and economic discourse- Political and economic rhetoric; corporate promotional communication; structures and strategies of argumentation, persuasion and propaganda- Traditional and new genres in political, economic, business and organizational communication; political speeches, campaigns, debates, interviews, elections, talk shows, blogs, parliamentary discourses; public relations, advertising, marketing, management, customer chat forums; new hybrid genres in the Internet- Multimodality in political and economic/business communication- Interplay between political and economic communication, interdiscursivity and intertextuality, political economy and economic politics- The media agents in political and economic discourse; political and economic journalism, advertising and marketing- Language variation and change and cross-cultural variation in political and economic discourse- Globalization and localization of political and economic discourse; supra-national, corporate and sub-national political and economic organizations- Discursive legitimization of political and economic power; political polarization, socio-economic Darwinism, and economic imperialism- Perception of political and economic actors; social attitudes to political and economic discourse- Political and economic systems, political and economic behavior, public policies, political and economic audiences- Immigration, multiculturalism, racism and ethnic or nationalist conflicts- Corpus analysis of political and economic discourse and the implementation of advanced quantitative and multivariate techniques- Language training of politicians, economists and business people

Submission of Abstracts:

Submissions are solicited for presentations which should last for 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions (maximum 30 minutes total). All submissions for presentations should follow the following abstract guidelines:

- Conference languages are English (preferably), Portuguese, Spanish and French.- The deadline for abstracts is March 31, 2012.- The abstract, edited in Word or RTF (or PDF, in case it contains special symbols), should be sent to the following address:

For further information, please visit the conference website:

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