LINGUIST List 31.2449

Mon Aug 03 2020

Calls: Impoliteness in Intercultural Encounters

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 03-Aug-2020
From: Vahid Parvaresh <>
Subject: Impoliteness in Intercultural Encounters
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Full Title: Impoliteness in Intercultural Encounters

Date: 27-Jun-2021 - 02-Jul-2021
Location: Winterthur, Switzerland
Contact Person: Vahid Parvaresh
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

Panel Organisers:
Vahid Parvaresh (Anglia Ruskin University)
Daniel Z. Kádár (Dalian University of Foreign Languages & Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

While impoliteness has long been a major topic of interest in the field of pragmatics, in our view further research is due to investigate its operation in intercultural encounters. There are various reasons why such an endeavour is timely, including the following:

(a) As an academic concept, 'culture' has recently undergone some significant developments, and it is fundamental to revisit intercultural impoliteness in light of such developments. For instance, it has been recently argued that culture encompasses ''practices mediated by symbolic systems of various kinds across various social and historical contexts'' (Kramsch & Zhu, 2020, p. 1).
(b) With the increasing dominance of social media and the drastic changes that this dominance has introduced, we have been witnessing a dramatic increase in ''incompatibility, conflict, aggression and even harassment'' (Parvaresh, 2019, p. 79). It is particularly intriguing to consider the ways in which such changes influence impoliteness behaviour in intercultural encounters.
(c) The rise in people's movement across borders has not necessarily always resulted in more harmony but rather in an increase in some forms of derogatory and discriminatory language (Musolff, 2019). Thus, in the current geopolitical context, it is very important to devote more attention to impoliteness in intercultural interactions.

The organisers of the proposed panel would like to invite contributions that address, in one way or another, instances of impoliteness and language aggression in intercultural settings, either in face-to-face encounters or in more virtual and Internet-based forms of communication. We are particularly interested in contributions whose focus is on offering insight into both culturally informed 'products and practices' as well as culturally informed 'perspectives'. While the former are ''the visible or directly observable components of culture'', the latter ''are hidden and need to be inferred'' (Spencer-Oatey & Kádár, 2016, p. 85).

Kramsch, C., & Zhu, H. (2020). Translating culture in global times: An introduction. Applied Linguistics, 41(1), 1-9.
Musolff, A. (Ed.). (2019). Language aggression in public debates on immigration. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Parvaresh, V. (2019). Moral impoliteness. Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict, 7(1), 79-104.
Spencer-Oatey, H., & Kádár, D. Z. (2016). The bases of (im) politeness evaluations: Culture, the moral order and the East-West debate. East Asian Pragmatics, 1(1), 73-106.

Call for Papers:

Vahid Parvaresh and Daniel Kádár would like to invite contributions that elucidate how clashes between different cultures and cultural groups could lead to different forms of conflict, impoliteness and language aggression.

To submit to this panel, please visit IPrA Website and follow the instructions:

If you have any queries about the panel, please contact Dr Vahid Parvaresh ( or Prof Daniel Kádár (

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