LINGUIST List 32.2722

Fri Aug 20 2021

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics/Belgium

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 18-Aug-2021
From: Rita Vallentin <>
Subject: Socioilinguistic Symposium 24
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Full Title: Socioilinguistic Symposium 24

Date: 13-Jul-2022 - 16-Jul-2022
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Contact Person: Rita Vallentin
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 10-Sep-2021

Meeting Description:

13-6 July 2022 in Ghent

Panel: Intersections of gender, sexuality and racism in right-wing discourse in social networks

This panel critically explores the intersections of discursive constructions of gender, sexuality, nationalism and racism in discourses of the ''(new) right'' in social media. Digital social media platforms and social networks play an ever-increasing role in political debate cultures. They are characterized by low-threshold access to a wide range of audiences and provide different features for visual and linguistic performance. Right wing movements make active use of digital social media and form a dense online community by interconnecting and interlinking specific social media hubs and channels referencing each other (Arzheimer 2015; Klein/Muis 2019).
The analysis of online right-wing discursive strategies and of their production of ‘truth’ is not only relevant as a means to reflect on traditional and established formats to produce discursive authority (see e.g. Piller 2019) but also important to deconstruct and counter contemporary discriminatory and racist discourse.
Recent research on right wing discourse in social media has focused specifically on racism, anti-Semitism and (anti-)migration (e.g. Ekman 2019; Viola/Musolff 2019). The panel we propose considers the entrenchment of anti-feminist and anti-queer ideologies in right wing nationalist discourses and racial ideologies (see also Mosse 1985; Lehnert 2015; Köttig et al. 2016). We explore how anti-feminism, nationalism and constructions of race interrelate and constitute each other and how this is expressed in discursive practices, language choices and performances of self.
While most existing research on these discursive intersections is based on approaches that do not take into account a linguistic and interactional lens (e.g. Mosse 1985), this panel advocates analyses of language practices and interactional agency or positioning of the speakers (Bucholtz and Hall 2005; Wahlström et al. 2020). Thus, this panel is interested in the discursive and linguistic practices of producing performances of i. a. 'objective knowledge' on gender, national culture and race, thus constructing authority, credibility or persuasion.

Call for Papers:

We invite research on different social networks and social media platforms and are both interested in linguistic and discursive means and in overall multimodal performances and staging, especially in social media formats that account for visual and video material. Discourse, conversation analytical and/or multimethod approaches that analyze intersectional connections between gender, sexuality, nationality and racism are welcome.

If you would like to participate in the panel (with a 20 minute paper presentation), please send an abstract of 300 words along with the title of your paper, your name, contact details and affiliation by Friday 10th September 2021 to Britta Schneider ( and Rita Vallentin (

Don't hesitate to contact us at the above email addresses if you have further questions. We are looking forward to your contributions!

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