LINGUIST List 25.4972

Mon Dec 08 2014

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics/Belgium

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 05-Dec-2014
From: Rachele Raus <>
Subject: Discourses on and of Europe Debates and Controversies
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Full Title: Discourses on and of Europe Debates and Controversies

Date: 17-Dec-2015 - 18-Dec-2015
Location: Bruxelles, Belgium
Contact Person: Corinne Gobin
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2015

Meeting Description:

European integration goes back over 62 years including the European Coal and Steel Community. For a long time it remained closed to popular concern, and was mainly a matter for the political class and a few professions directly affected such as civil servants, financial and industrial elites and exporters, and specialist lawyers. Everything changed when the political and economic elites decided to transform the common market, with its famous common agricultural policy, into an Economic and Monetary Union. This project and the adoption of a single currency made it necessary to change public attitudes and therefore to undertake an exceptionally far-reaching communication policy to convince as many people as possible of the benefits. Even before the signature of the Maastricht Treaty by heads of state and government in December 1991, Europe lost its public ‘anonymity’, as new arguments and terminologies arose within public debates and fundamentally different positions were taken up around the meaning and direction of integration: neoliberalism versus social socially redistributive policies; national sovereignty versus supranationalism; a Europe of states versus a Europe of regions; and left versus right. A strong bipolarisation of attitudes emerged in the construction of straightforward choices for or against European integration either as a principle, or in the form it had taken since the Single Market of 1985. Even among advocates of European integration, debates have been intense: widening versus deepening; federalism versus confederalism; supranational versus intergovernmental; singlespeed versus multi-speed Europe. These debates are older but have become more urgent as integration has developed. Since 2010, the post-Lisbon shift towards new economic governance structures and policies has accentuated the contested nature of European power, symbolised for example by the highly controversial troika, as economic and social cleavages have hardened: rich versus poor, banks versus the people.

Where: Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
When: December 17-18, 2015

Call for Papers:

This conference aims to extend the academic space for sharing ideas and thoughts on discursive production on Europe, from a range of disciplines such as political science, sociolinguistics, sociology, history, political communication and journalism studies, economics and philosophy. The conference will gather together academics from these disciplines in order to explore, whether synchronically or diachronically, the discourses of actors whose positions on European integration diverge and conflict. These controversies and antagonistic positions help us to understand the real nature of European nature. Which types of conflictual discourse endure, which fade away or become superceded? Which appear across countries and which are nation-specific? Which develop through mutual confrontation and may even be enriched by it? Which conflicts are particularly salient today? Which themes, styles, arguments, symbols and artefacts are most commonly used? Which actors and which social groups use which arguments? Who supports European integration, who rejects it? Who supports Europe, who rejects it?

We will also be invited to ask ourselves what is the role of the mass medias discourses in the construction of problems related to Europe (i.e. Integration of Turkey) and also in the mediatization of the debates, presented as controversies.

The working languages of the conference will be French and English.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission of paper proposals: 1 March 2015
Deadline for paper submission: 1 December 2015
Papers will be selected on 1 May 2015.

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