LINGUIST List 32.2692

Thu Aug 19 2021

Calls: Applied Linguistics, Discourse Analysis/USA

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 17-Aug-2021
From: Natalia Knoblock <>
Subject: Approaches to Digital Discourse Analysis
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Full Title: Approaches to Digital Discourse Analysis
Short Title: ADDA3

Date: 13-May-2022 - 15-May-2022
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Contact Person: Camilla Vásquez
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis

Call Deadline: 25-Sep-2021

Meeting Description:

The 3rd Approaches to Digital Discourse Analysis Conference (ADDA 3) will be held at the St. Petersburg campus of the University of South Florida (USF). This conference aims to bring together researchers interested in the analysis of digital discourse from different disciplines, approaches and traditions. Thus, it seeks to foster state-of-the-art debates and discussions on this burgeoning field of research and provide opportunities for multidisciplinary and critical reflection. This is the first time the ADDA conference will be held in the US, following the ADDA 1 (Valencia, 2015) and ADDA 2 (Turku, 2019) conferences.

Plenary speakers:
Anna De Fina – Georgetown University
Elaine Chun – University of South Carolina
Maite Taboada – Simon Fraser University

A License to Hate: Anti-Asian Prejudice in Digital Communication

Proposals are invited for a thematic panel on anti-Asian hate in digital discourses. It is organized by Massimiliano Demata (University of Turin) and Natalia Knoblock (Saginaw Valley State University). It will be held at the 3rd International Conference: Approaches to Digital Discourse Analysis (ADDA3), which will take place at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, FL, USA on May 13–15, 2022.

The conference ( is devoted to the study of digital communication from different disciplines, approaches and traditions, among others:

- Research methods in digital discourse analysis
- Theoretical approaches to digital discourse analysis
- Critical digital discourse analysis
- Micro analysis of digital discourse
- Digital genres
- Discourse and identities in the digital world
- Multimodality and digital discourse
- Conflict in digital discourse
- Digital discourse and the professions
- Digital service encounters
- Political discourse in the digital age
- Gender and digital media
- Digital discourse and journalism
- Digital discourse and education
- Digital discourse and health
- Digital discourse and society
- Digital discourse in gaming
- Any other relevant topics related to digital discourse

As reported, racism and anti-Chinese sentiments increased significantly after the start of the pandemic and have been directly linked to it (Vachuska, 2020). Disturbingly, over ¾ of Chinese Americans polled about their experiences reported being victim of at least 1 incident of COVID-19 racial discrimination online and/or in person, and over half perceived health-related Sinophobia in America and media-perpetuated Sinophobia (Cheah et al., 2020). Verbal and physical attacks on Asian Americans have been linked to racism and xenophobia deeply entrenched in the US society, and to the “us vs. them” worldview relegating Asian Americans to the bottom of the social hierarchy (Gover, Harper & Langton, 2020). Such feelings have been at least partly caused or exacerbated by the inflammatory rhetoric by the US politicians (Wu, 2020), and there has been evidence of ex-president Trump’s tweets to cause an uptick in anti-Asian verbal aggression on Twitter (Ziems et al., 2020). Researchers have analyzed the victims’ narratives (Satoh & Kaori 2021) and even identified counter-discourses employing linguistic creativity to oppose hate (Zhu, 2020)

This panel aims to continue and expand the research into the racially motivated anti-Asian hate speech and verbal aggression, amplified during the Coronavirus pandemic, and it will examine the role of the digital medium in their shaping and dissemination. We invite proposals (not limited to the US context) that address discursive representations of anti-Asian sentiment, the spread of hateful messages through networks, the role of the hateful rhetoric by pundits and politicians, denialism and legitimation strategies, discursive constructing of otherness, counter-hate messages, and similar themes. This panel has a particular interest in the issues of inequality, prejudice, and discrimination. A variety of methods and approaches are welcome, and interdisciplinary studies are appropriate.

Please submit your abstract of up to 350 words to Natalia Knoblock ( or Massimiliano Demata ( by September 25th. In your abstract, clearly state the aims and research questions of your paper, its theoretical foundations, the data and methods used to analyze it, as well as some of the findings.

Cheah, C. S., Wang, C., Ren, H., Zong, X., Cho, H. S. & Xue, X. (2020). COVID-19 racism and mental health in Chinese American families. Pediatrics, 146(5). DOI: 10.1542/peds.2020-021816
Gover, A. R., Harper, S. B., & Langton, L. (2020). Anti-Asian hate crime during the COVID-19 pandemic: Exploring the reproduction of inequality. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 45(4), 647-

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