LINGUIST List 27.1718

Wed Apr 13 2016

Calls: Anthropological Ling, Discourse Analysis, Gen Ling, Ling & Lit, Socioling/Poland

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <amandalinguistlist.org>


Date: 13-Mar-2016
From: Alina Kwiatkowska <women.piotrkowgmail.com>
Subject: Witches and Angels – Perception of Women in Ancient and Modern Cultures
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Full Title: Witches and Angels – Perception of Women in Ancient and Modern Cultures

Date: 15-Sep-2016 - 16-Sep-2016
Location: Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland
Contact Person: Alina Kwiatkowska
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2016

Meeting Description:

This interdisciplinary conference will focus on the different images of women created throughout history in language, literature, and the media. We would like to examine the influence of the changes in the observers’ viewpoint and value hierarchies, the contexts conducive to foregrounding the dark and the angelic sides of female personality, the different metaphorical conceptualizations of women, and the media construal and manipulation of the representations of female characters.

From Antigone and Cleopatra through Lady Macbeth and the characters created by Jane Austen, to contemporary feminists and writers representing the female point of view, the perception of women and their role in family and society has undergone constant changes. Taking as its point of departure so-called ''women's nature'', often regarded as unfathomable, inscrutable, and mysterious, our interdisciplinary conference will focus on the different images of women created throughout history in language, literature, and the media. How have they been influenced by the changes in the observers' viewpoint and value hierarchies? What contexts have been conducive to foregrounding the dark sides of female personality, and when have women been viewed as angelic, placid, and weak? What reality is reflected by the different metaphorical conceptualizations of women? How are mass media constructing and manipulating representations of women in different domains of contemporary reality? We hope that a critical look at prevailing stereotypes will let us see the objects of our attention in a new light.

We believe that the topics outlined above may be productively discussed on the basis of various data, from historical and literary materials, through media texts, to products of pop culture. We would like to welcome participants from the disciplines of history, linguistics, literary studies, culture and media studies, psychology, sociology, and other areas involving research on the perception and representation of women.

Conference organizers: Prof. Alina Kwiatkowska, Dr Jolanta Dybala, Dr Agnieszka Stanecka - Chair of English Studies, Jan Kochanowski University at Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland

Call for Abstracts:

Please submit your abstract of ca. 200 words by 30 June 2016. The abstracts (in the form of email attachments) and other correspondence should be sent to Prof. Alina Kwiatkowska or Dr Agnieszka Stanecka at women.piotrkowgmail.com .

The conference fee is 60 Euro.


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