LINGUIST List 31.3158

Fri Oct 16 2020

Calls: Comp Ling, Disc Analys, Text/Corpus Ling/Greece

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Date: 16-Oct-2020
From: Ourania Hatzidaki <>
Subject: Science denialism as grassroots resistance: Digital discourses and social networks
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Full Title: Science denialism as grassroots resistance: Digital discourses and social networks

Date: 31-Aug-2021 - 03-Sep-2021
Location: Athens, Greece
Contact Person: Ourania Hatzidaki
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 10-Nov-2020

Meeting Description:

EXTENDED DEADLINE: 10 November 2020

We are working on a workshop proposal to be submitted to the 54th Societas Linguistica Europaea Annual Conference (SLE 2021, 31 August – 3 September 2021, Athens, Greece,

Organizers: Ourania Hatzidaki*, Ioannis E. Saridakis**, Panagiotis Karampelas*
*Hellenic Air Force Academy
**National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

The purpose of this workshop is to explore the textual expression of science denialism, with special emphasis on grassroots sources and agents in digital spaces.
Science denialism about issues relating to public welfare (e.g. global warming, vaccination, harmful effects of smoking, causal relationship between HIV and AIDS), by both elite and grassroots agents. The latter, especially, have in the past few decades gained an unprecedentedly powerful public voice via the digital/social media, which allow non-expert views on expert issues/fields to be articulated freely and without filtering, and relayed on a massive scale. This workshop aims to specifically investigate the aspect of science denialism which can be associated with demotic resistance to authority, be it state/government, financial, scientific/academic or other. We invite research which privileges the link between anti-Enlightenment and anti-establishment. We are particularly interested in projects examining the hypothesis that different forms of grassroots science denial amount to highly active and influential collective/mass actions and social movements which resemble conventional/familiar types of anti-authoritarian movement such as class struggle, fight for independence, or mobilization against discrimination/exclusion. We wish to systematically examine whether and to what extent science denialism has struck a radical chord with the populace, which renders the generalized questioning or outright rejection of even hard proven and time-honoured scientific facts a (less obviously political) proxy for rebellious stances and activities, or an updated outlet for more general social grievances. We wish to investigate the “anti-establishment” side of science denialism as a possible explanation for its strong resonance with grassroots agents.

From a qualitative/critical perspective, we are interested in studies exploring the possible rhetorical affinities of demotic science denialism with more classic forms of anti-hegemonic discourses, serving to vent, for instance, rage against representatives of conventional political/social institutions (politicians, the state/government, the mass media, etc.) as agents bent on applying the tenets of science against the people’s will, or at the expense of civil liberties and human/constitutional rights, etc. Methodologically, we welcome studies in the context of, for instance, critical discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, argumentation analysis, etc.

From a quantitative/computational perspective, we are interested in studies developing techniques which enable the identification, on a large scale, of lexical connections between grassroots science denialism and anti-establishment dispositions in digital texts. We are also interested in research investigating the digital spread and force/momentum of science denialist radicalism via social networking. Relevant methodologies are, inter alia, investigative data mining, social media intelligence mining, social network analysis, radicalization information sharing and visualization, analytical reasoning systems, etc.

Call for Papers:

The workshop is interdisciplinary, in that it aims to bring together (also interim) results of either quantitative/computational or qualitative/critical analyses of digitally-communicated grassroots science denialist discourses, or combinations thereof.

The subject matter of the science denialist discourses investigated may relate to environmental, medical/health, etc. issues.

Presentation proposals (abstracts)
Abstracts of ca. 500-800 words, excluding references, should be sent by 10 November 2020 in Word (doc) format to the workshop organisers, Ourania Hatzidaki ( and/or Ioannis E. Saridakis ( and/or Panagiotis Karampelas (

*full call with references:

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