21.4495, Calls: Anthropological Ling, Discourse Analysis, Socioling/Slovenia

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Subject: 21.4495, Calls: Anthropological Ling, Discourse Analysis, Socioling/Slovenia

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Date: 03-Nov-2010
From: Igor Z. Zagar [igor.zzagar at gmail.com]
Subject: Questioning European Values: Discursive Constructions of Europe

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Date: Tue, 09 Nov 2010 21:21:51
From: Igor Z. Zagar [igor.zzagar at gmail.com]
Subject: Questioning European Values: Discursive Constructions of Europe

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Full Title: Questioning European Values: Discursive Constructions of Europe 

Date: 11-Mar-2011 - 13-Mar-2011
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia 
Contact Person: Igor Z. Zagar
Meeting Email: igor.zzagar at gmail.com
Web Site: http://www.pei.si/Sifranti/StaticPage.aspx?id=80 

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis;

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2010 

Meeting Description:

The widespread enthusiasm for Europe from the beginning of the 1990s is largely
being replaced by equally widespread resignation. It seems that the European
political project is continuing more on inertia than on genuine political,
social, and economic ideas or coherent programs. At the same time, the social,
economic, and political problems that have caused disappointment and
disillusionment among the peoples of Europe are very real and persistent. The
aim of this conference is to explore how social, political, and economic crisis
of Europe is discursively constructed on the one hand, and how this crisis of
popular political and social imagination is discursively represented (in policy
documents, in the media, in arts).

Registration fee
The registration fee is 120 euros and covers all conference materials,
refreshments, and lunches.

The conference venue will be a recently renovated three star City Hotel, located
at the city center. City Hotel will provide a special room discount for
conference participants for a limited number of rooms. 

Plenary speakers
Professor Bo Strath, Renvall Institute, University of Helsinki.
Professor Bob Jessop, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University.
Professor Andreas Musolff, School of Language and Communication Studies,
University of East Anglia.
Professor Chris Lorenz, Department of History, VU University, Amsterdam.
Professor Jonathan Charteris-Black, Department of English, Linguistics &
Communication, University of the West of England. 

Call For Papers

Specific conference topics:

Europe in Media and Public Discourse: How is Europe as a political entity and
social agency constructed through mass media and parliamentary discourse? What
do the media coverage and political discussions on European political projects
reveal about the nature and functioning of the EU- and, perhaps more
importantly, what do they downplay and exclude? How does the public image of
Europe encode, present, and/or distort its policies and its structure? Europe,
the Welfare State, and Neoliberalism On the one hand, the EU presents itself as
the continuation and/or even embodiment of Europe's characteristic sensitivity
to issues of social justice and equality but, on the other hand, certain EU
measures and policies actually result in its precise opposite. The EU seems to
be caught in crossfire of demands from multinational corporations and financial
institutions on the one hand, and its own peoples on the other. Is there a way
out beyond the old choice between the welfare state and neoliberalism?

A Common European History? In the mobilization rounds for its political project
and enlargements, the EU seems to focus a lot on Europe's common and glorious
history, while the actual history of Europe is a history of deep and violent
ethnic, religious, class and gender divisions, subjugations, and inequalities.
How is this common history (discursively) (re)constructed and/or invented? Is
there a way to come to terms with such history that goes beyond the paeans to
contemporary 'multiculturalism' and 'celebration of diversity'? Can European
history teach us more than Christian charity and humility, liberal respect for
private property, and superficial tolerance? Knowledge-based Economy and
Knowledge Society The propaganda that followed in the wake of the Bologna reform
promised the rise of the knowledge society and knowledge-based economy. Actual
reforms of the universities involved budget cuts, closing down certain
departments, attempts to privatize the universities, and introducing (or
raising) student fees and credits. Does a knowledge-based economy mean an
economy in which knowledge production is commercialized, commoditized, and
standardized? How are these developments (discursively) legitimized? Is there
more to European education than 'skill-enhancement'  and 'lifelong learning'?
Europe and Democracy Although political threats to democracy have been
successfully eliminated, a new threat has emerged with the development of the
EU's core project: the single market with a single currency. The new threat to
democracy seems to be economic, wresting control over the most basic and crucial
aspects of people's lives- such as working conditions and relations, wage
policies, and governance of public institutions- away from democratic
supervision and control. Can democracy survive European integration? How is
democracy (discursively) (re)presented to different publics, and for different
This conference is intended to be a forum where scholars working within various
fields of linguistics ((Critical) Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics, Applied
Linguistics, Media Linguistics, Anthropological Linguistics, Pragmatics, Corpus
Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Language Policies, Language Documentation,
Translation, Language and Literature, Rhetoric and Argumentation) can discuss
both theoretical and applied issues related to Europe (in all its possible
forms) with scholars coming from other, not necessary linguistic, fields
(Philosophy, Sociology, Economy, Political Sciences, Educational Sciences, Media
Studies, ...). The main goal of the conference, then, is to provide a
collaborative environment where the linguistic approach to Europe, European and
other related phenomena can be combined with approaches (methodologies and
epistemologies) of (other) Social Sciences and Humanities, in an attempt to
yield a multiple and richer view of what Europe was, is, and could be, its
(possible and/or potential) meanings and metaphors, implications and
implicatures, as well as a more complex view of (what could be considered as)
European values.

Important dates
30 November 2010, abstracts due.
31 December 2010, notification of acceptance.
31 January 2011, all conference fees due (registration fee & accommodation package).
28 February 2011, final program.
11 - 13 March 2011, the conference.

Programme Comittee
Igor ?. ?agar, Educational Research Institute & University of Maribor, Slovenia.
Primo? Kra?ovec, Educational Research Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Jef Verschueren, University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Guenther Kress, Institute of Education, London, United Kingdom.

Organizing Comittee
Igor ?. ?agar, igor.zzagar at gmail.com.
Primo? Kra?ovec, primoz.krasovec at gmail.com (please use this email address for
questions and inquiries regarding the programme). 
Sabina ?. ?nidar?i?, sabina.znidarsic4 at gmail.com (please use this email address
for organizational, financial, and technical matters and questions).

For all the details, please check the conference website.

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