LINGUIST List 25.2331

Tue May 27 2014

Calls: Sociolinguistics, Semantics, Discourse Analysis/Hong Kong

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 27-May-2014
From: Nuria Lorenzo-Dus <>
Subject: Specialist Panel: 'Crisis, What Crisis?'
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Full Title: Specialist Panel: 'Crisis, What Crisis?'

Date: 03-Jun-2015 - 06-Jun-2015
Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Contact Person: Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Semantics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2014

Meeting Description:

Specialist Panel: 'Crisis, What Crisis?'

Panel Rationale and Context: Crisis as a pervasive concept across academic disciplines. The most recent 'trigger' is the economic crisis in Europe and North America. Language-based research into this crisis, or indeed any crisis, is relatively speaking less developed than that conducted in other disciplines, notably sociology and economics. Extant work is often based on legitimate cases studies, the discourses of a given political, news, environmental, language policy, economic etc crisis.

The panel aim is to take stock and to go back a few steps into discussing the discourses around the notion of crisis in order to advance our understanding of how to carry the term forward in sociolinguistic / discourse analytic research. After all, as Castells et al (2012:7) argue in their sociological work on the cultures of the most recent economic crisis, a 'crisis, its conflicts and its treatment are always social processes. And these social processes, as all others, are enacted and shaped by the interests, values, beliefs and strategies of social actors.' That being the case, language can provide invaluable insights into the meanings and circumstances of a 'crisis', whether at a local, national or international level. Williams (2012), too, highlights the role of language in deepening our understanding of the notions of crisis and crisis aftermath. Her historical review of these two terms reveals, amongst other things, the discursive, ongoing reconstruction that has led from treating crisis as a turning point, something imminent on the historical horizon, to an immanent condition (see also Kermade 1966, 2000).

Panel Organisers:

- Prof. Nuria Lorenzo-Dus (
- Dr. Philippa Smith (

Conference: The Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centring and (de)standardization

The University of Hong Kong, 3-6 June 2015

This is a major international conference that will attract language and communication researchers from across the globe to discuss their latest research projects and engage in theoretical debate.

Hong Kong is a key location to meet and the conference organisers have confirmed five internationally recognised plenary speakers from the United States, Europe, Australia, South Africa and Asia. More details can be found on the conference website:

Call for Papers:

Call for abstracts for specialist panel titled 'Crisis, What Crisis' within The Sociolinguistics of Globalisation Conference, Hong Kong, 3-6 June 2015 (

The panel's discussion questions are thus:

(i) What are the meanings of the oft-used, under analyzed term crisis?
(ii) How can methods and theories in sociolinguistics / discourse analysis advance our understanding of crisis processes?

Paper contributions should address the following:

- The latest economic crisis: a non-global global crisis (cf. Castells et al 2012)
- Permanent crisis: a linguistic oxymoron
- Contexts of crisis: media, economic, political, linguistic, identity, education, historical, artistic
- Interdisciplinary approaches to advancing our understanding of the term crisis

Abstract submission deadline: Please email your abstract to either or by 15 June 2014.

Abstract submissions should be not more than 300 words, including references. Please also list up to 5 keywords. Your name and contact details should precede your abstract, on a separate page, within the same word document.

Abstracts will be blind reviewed according to the following criteria:

- Language in use as main focus, but please note that interdisciplinary proposals are welcome, too.
- Relevance to panel. Please note that both empirical and theoretical papers are welcome. In the case of empirical papers, please include either a summary of findings or, if analysis is presently underway, of the kind of findings to be expected.
- Academic rigour
- Presentation

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