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Thu Oct 03 2019

Calls: Discourse Analysis/United Kingdom

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 03-Oct-2019
From: Franco Zappettini <>
Subject: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Political Discourse
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Full Title: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Political Discourse
Short Title: MAPD 2020

Date: 25-Jun-2020 - 26-Jun-2020
Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Dr. Franco Zappettini
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2019

Meeting Description:

Following on from previous “Political Discourse - Multidisciplinary Approaches” conferences in London (2016) and Edinburgh (2018), we are pleased to announce MAPD 2020 (Multidisciplinary Approaches to Political Discourse) will take place in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool on 25-26 June 2020.

The global political arena is changing at an unprecedented pace. We see the resurgence of authoritarianism, nativism/nationalism, sovereignism, populism and far-right movements driving major changes across societies against the backdrop of increasing global inequalities, left/right fragmentation, migration. In addition, we witness power plays between well-established and emerging global players resulting in re-militarization and ‘trade wars’. Obvious manifestations of these turbulent times include phenomena such as Brexit; the rise of political actors like Trump, Putin, Bolsonaro, Erdogan, Salvini and discursive articulations around hate speech, incivility, Islamophobia and Euroscepticism.

At the same time, we see an increase in the mediatisation and (re)articulation of political discourses (both top-down and bottom-up) through the use of technology and digital platforms. Along with traditional broadcasting and reporting of politicians’ speeches, party political broadcasts, campaign advertisements and government statements, we increasingly experience the political daily in new popular media forms such as Facebook feeds, promotional videos, tweets and online mash ups. These transformations require us to think critically about issues of saturation, manipulation, relations of power, political correctness, interference, influence, counter-discourses, subversion, information bubbles and fake news, to name a few.

The theme for this year’s conference reflects our aim to bring together scholars from a variety of discursive and political approaches to critically examine the challenges we face in such a volatile landscape and the theoretical and analytical responses we can provide. We encourage contributions which explore any aspect of the conference theme of “responding to new challenges”. These may include (but are not limited to):

- The role of social media and/or popular culture in the production, distribution and consumption of political discourses
- New theoretical and analytical challenges to the analysis of legitimation processes in discourse
- The (dis)advantages of present approaches to political discourse (e.g. cognitive, historical, corpus-driven, interpretive policy analysis, cultural political economy, argumentation-based approaches, etc.)
- Mediatization of discourses of authoritarianism, nativism/nationalism, sovereignism, populism and far-right movements
- The politics of the environment, the body, etc.
- (Multimodal) counter-discourses; including the use of social media platforms and new formats such as memes as sites and means of protest, resistance and subversion of hegemonic discourse
- Metadiscourse about the state of public/political discourse and issues surrounding access/voice
- Theoretical challenges: How to address issues of saturation, manipulation, relations of power, interference, influence, information bubbles, fake news, and incivility of political discourse
- Case studies of new social/ political phenomena, top-down/bottom-up political actors and their discursive articulations

Keynote speakers:

Prof Kay O’Halloran (University of Liverpool)
Prof Michał Krzyżanowski (Örebro University, Sweden)

2nd Call for Papers:

Abstracts submissions are invited for the next MAPD 2020 (Multidisciplinary Approaches to Political Discourse) #3: Responding to new challenges, 25-26 June 2020, University of Liverpool

- The conference language is English.
- We encourage single papers and theme specific panels
- Papers will be allocated 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions and discussion
- Abstracts of 250-300 words (excluding bibliography) of single papers should be sent by email as a Word document attachment to
- Please include name, affiliation, email address and paper title in the body of the email.
- Abstracts of panels (500 word maximum) must be submitted by the panel organiser(s) and should include a maximum of six contributions. Each panel paper must follow the criteria of the single papers outlined above.
- Abstracts will be subject to review by an international scientific committee.


- 15 December 2019: Deadline for submission of panel proposals and individual abstracts
- 31 January 2020: Notification of panels/papers acceptance. Please note that if a panel is not accepted panel papers will be considered individually

Queries about the conference and abstracts should be sent to the conference organisers, Franco Zappettini and Lyndon Way at
Conference Fees (including lunches and refreshments, but excluding conference dinner):
Full fee: £ 200 - early bird (before 15 April 2020): £ 160
Post graduates: £ 100 – early bird (before 15 April 2020): £80
Single day fee: £ 150 – Post graduate Single Day fee: £60
Conference Dinner: £ 40 (to be booked separately)
There will be reasonably priced accommodation available on campus


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- Email:
- Website:

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