LINGUIST List 25.5142

Tue Dec 16 2014

Calls: Discourse Analysis/Italy

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Date: 16-Dec-2014
From: Katherine E. Russo <>
Subject: Media Discourse(s): Adaptation, Resilience and Mobility in Climate-induced Migration
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Full Title: Media Discourse(s): Adaptation, Resilience and Mobility in Climate-induced Migration

Date: 09-Apr-2015 - 10-Apr-2015
Location: Naples, Italy
Contact Person: Katherine E. Russo
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Call Deadline: 05-Jan-2015

Meeting Description:

Media Discourse(s):

Adaptation, Resilience and Mobility in the Context of Climate-induced Migration
Convenors: Katherine E. Russo (Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale)Giovanni Bettini (Lancaster University)

Confirmed Keynote Speaker:

Ruth Wodak
(Distinguished Professor and Chair in Discourse Studies at Lancaster University)

While there is a substantial body of research on the empirical and policy aspects of the climate-migration nexus (not least by critical scholars), the question of how it is represented in media discourse(s) (Talbot 2007), and of the effects of such representations, remains somehow underexplored.

This workshop aims to fill this gap by trying to reach some significant insights on the current representations of climate-related migration in media discourse(s). Besides providing background and explanatory information on events, media refrains intervene on morale (Anderson 2010) thereby conditioning the social apprehension and response to climate change, adaptation, resilience and mobility. Lexico-grammatical and discursive resources which regulate appraisal, affect and evaluation may be employed explicitly to inscribe and/or implicitly to invoke affects such as worry and fear, not in order to prevent and prescribe them but to intensify and diffuse them (Martin and White 2005). Relatedly, the role of affective factors in fuelling media interventions and shaping their representations of adaptation, resilience and mobility should not be underestimated. The media invest in affect, which modulates the circulation and distribution of worry and fear, not in order to prevent and prescribe them but by intensifying, multiplying, and saturating the linguistic, discursive and cultural communication through which communities and identities come in and out of formation. The resulting culture emerges as a defining aspect of identity and agency, and as a trigger of new processes of subjectivation (Crawford 2009). This is of particular relevance for migration, which per definition entails the renegotiation (and contestation) of social as well as spatial borders/boundaries inscribed in and producing subjectivities (Mezzadra and Neilson 2014). As the Critical Discourse Analysis scholar Ruth Wodak notes, “‘inclusion/exclusion’ of groups, people, nation-states, migrant groups, changes due to different criteria of how insiders and outsiders are defined in each instance. In this way various topologies, or group memberships, are constructed, which sometimes include a certain group, and sometimes do not, depending on socio-political and situational contexts and interactions” (2008: 56). In drawing lines of exclusion/inclusion that order and govern climate migration, media and the affect they mobilize play crucial roles, exercising diverse impacts on community relations and on matters of hospitality and intercultural communication – crucially, influencing the ways in which discourses of adaptation, resilience and mobility emerge as sites of xenophobia/intolerance and/or cosmopolitical encounter, connectivity and conviviality.

Call for Papers:

We invite both theoretical and empirical papers taking into consideration different text-types and genres operating in the context of broadcast media, social media, films, and advertising. Examples may be drawn from different local refrains, discourses and narratives of the last years and on the different translation of migration and climate change discourses and policies in different countries.

Deadline: Please send a 200-word abstract together with a brief biographical note to by 5 January 2014.

The workshop is sponsored by the COST Action IS1101- Climate Change and Migration: Knowledge, Law and Policy, and Theory

The COST Action IS1101aims to build a broad body of social science research concerning climate change and migration. The Action involves social scientists from a very wide range of disciplines, including geography, political science, sociology, environmental studies and history, law, and various interdisciplinary studies. Twenty European countries are currently represented on the Action Management Committee.

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