LINGUIST List 27.1867

Fri Apr 22 2016

Calls: Discourse Analysis, General Ling, Ling & Lit, Pragmatics, Socioling/Poland

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 21-Apr-2016
From: Katarzyna Buczek <>
Subject: International Conference on Disease, Death, Decay in Literatures, Cultures, and Language
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Full Title: International Conference on Disease, Death, Decay in Literatures, Cultures, and Language

Date: 26-Sep-2016 - 28-Sep-2016
Location: Opole, Poland
Contact Person: Katarzyna Buczek
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

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

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2016

Meeting Description:

Our conference provides a platform to reflect upon themes that address, but are not restricted to:

Representations of disease, death and decay in literature and the media
Cultural and religious perspectives on terminal disease, death and the afterlife
Narratives of apocalypse and demise
Narratives of death and resurrection
Disease as narrative
Travel and disease
Dystopian visions of humanity's breakup and destruction
Rituals of cleansing, passage and mourning
Rhetoric of commemoration
Atonement as a cultural motif
Pandemic and Armageddon in literature, film, and the news
Philosophical and ethical approaches to death disease and decay
Communicating about disease and death in private and institutional settings
Metaphors mitigating taboos related to disease, degeneration and death
Coping with pain, aging and illness
The medicalization of popular culture
Panaceas, self-help and therapies
Conceptions of honorable deaths
The significance of ghosts, haunting and spirits in literature
Zombies and the undead

Because Disease, death and decay can also be associated with language change, we plan to arrange a separate linguistic panel. Languages influence one another, and such interaction can be perceived as both a blessing and a curse - a disease which threatens language's purity. Some may even talk about language decay: ''Tongues, like governments, have a natural tendency to degeneration'' (Johnson Samuel, 1755)

Thus, we would like to invite papers that address the topic from the linguistic perspective and discuss the notion of:

Language death
Language attrition
Language endangerment and revitalisation

We would also like to provide a platform for the discussion of current research within studies of

Metaphor and metonymy
Discursive analysis
Anthropological linguistics

Call for Papers:

For those scholars unafraid of death, disease and decay in its various aspects or guises and interested in participating:

Please send us an abstract (not exceeding 300 words, including the title, your professional affiliation, e-mail address, phone number and audio-video requirements) by April 30, 2016, to

The language of the conference will be English. The time allotted for individual papers will be twenty minutes with an additional ten minutes for discussion. We plan to publish the papers delivered at the conference in a peer-reviewed post-conference volume (after receiving positive review).

Conference participation fees:

The standard participation fee is PLN 450, or €110and PLN 350 or €75 for postgraduate students

This fee includes conference proceedings and daytime refreshments. Accommodation is not included in the conference fee.

Detailed information:

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