LINGUIST List 32.2788

Wed Sep 01 2021

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics/Belgium

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Date: 26-Aug-2021
From: Joseph Comer <>
Subject: Panel Proposal: ‘Stoner’ Talk: the Sociolinguistics of Cannabis Cultures and Markets
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Full Title: Panel Proposal: ‘Stoner’ Talk: the Sociolinguistics of Cannabis Cultures and Markets

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:

Panel at Sociolinguistics Symposium 24
13-6 July 2022 in Ghent

Panel Proposal: ‘Stoner’ Talk: the Sociolinguistics of Cannabis Cultures and Markets

This colloquium aims principally to shine a light on people – and/or personae – who have been featured, both prominently and peripherally, in a great deal of second- and third-wave sociolinguistic and linguistic anthropological research (Eckert 2012), but who have also arguably never received as much attention as they perhaps deserve: ‘stoners’.

Here, the term ‘stoner’ is used non-pejoratively, as a term for a person who enthusiastically or unashamedly uses marijuana recreationally. Although the term may still be enregistered negatively for some, its contemporary use stands in contrast to others like ‘pothead’ or ‘junkie’. As well, importantly, the term ‘stoner’ captures and foregrounds the heretofore commonplace indexical relations between ways of speaking, personae, and the practice of marijuana consumption, in a way that ‘marijuana user’ does not. In so many words, use of the term ‘stoner’ is helpful because it highlights inherent tensions, and contemporary insufficiencies, in equating practice (getting ‘stoned’) with identity (the ‘stoner’).

This colloquium has as an analytical and theoretical foundation an understanding that although ‘stoners’ have emerged in discourse for many reasons and in many ways over recent decades, the discursive construction and indexical relations of ‘the stoner’ have been left under-examined and normatively understood: with the individuals in question too-often framed as othered, undesirable, and unproductive, in line with marijuana’s illegality and taboo nature.
Inasmuch as this framework has arguably always been inappropriate, it is now untenable. As Weiss (2015:n.p) states, “what was once an act of rebellion, however mild, has become a leisure activity, the best way to make boredom less boring”. Things have changed for the stoner.

Negative stigma has reduced. Legalization and attempts at legalization gather pace worldwide. Who stoners are, their relationship to historical and modern formations of ‘weed culture’, and the political economy (or marketplace) of cannabis – these have all recently changed dramatically, across many varied contexts.

Call for Papers:

As marijuana intersects with symbolic practice – through lyrics, scripts, and policy documents alike – it becomes, clearly, an object of sociolinguistic examination, along with its users. This colloquium, accordingly, provides a space for talk about stoners, and talk about ‘stoner talk’.

Some potential orienting questions are listed on the full preliminary (DRAFT) proposal at the following link:

If interested, please email Joe Comer ( with your 300-word abstract prepared using the conference guidelines. Please contact Joe Comer before submitting to the conference abstract system.

Abstracts are due to Joe Comer by September 10, 2021. These will then be assessed, with confirmation of inclusion in the panel by September 20.

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