27.3693, Calls: Pragmatics/UK

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Subject: 27.3693, Calls: Pragmatics/UK

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Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:58:06
From: Raluca Levonian [raluca.levonian at litere.unibuc.ro]
Subject: (Pragmatics) Personal and Collective Identities in Populist Discourse

Full Title: (Pragmatics) Personal and Collective Identities in Populist Discourse 
Short Title: Populist Discourse 

Date: 16-Jul-2017 - 21-Jul-2017
Location: Belfast, United Kingdom 
Contact Person: Marcia Macaulay
Meeting Email: lennox at yorku.ca

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics 

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2016 

Meeting Description:

This panel (IPrA 2017) will investigate the discursive characteristics of
contemporary populism, aiming to identify similarities and/or differences with
democratic and extremist political discourse. It will debate whether features
previously considered representative of populist discourse (Laclau 2005;
Finchelstein 2014), such as the marked antagonism between the ‘people’ and the
élites or governing parties, the role of the leadership or the topos of
crisis, maintain their applicability to today’s politics. Further research
questions to be addressed regard: the discursive strategies of identity
construction and legitimation of political actors; the relation between
self-claimed and ascribed discursive identities; the cultural factors
influencing identity construction in political discourse; the role of
traditional and new media in shaping the political actors’ identities and
their mobilization of the electorate. The perspective adopted is that of
discursive pragmatics, which allows the integration of the linguistic and the
extra-linguistic dimension in the analysis (Zienkowski 2011). 

Selected References:

Finchelstein, F. (2014) Returning Populism to History. Constellations, vol.21:
Laclau, E. (2005). On Populist Reason. Verso.
Zienkowski, J. (2011). ”Discursive pragmatics. A platform for the pragmatic
study of discourse.” In: J. Zienkowski, J.O.Östman, J. Verschueren (eds.)
Discursive Pragmatics. Handbook of Pragmatic Highlights. Vol.8. John

2nd Call for Papers:

This is the second call for papers for the panel ''Personal and collective
identities in populist discourse'' at the 15th IPrA Conference. 

We welcome contributions dealing with such aspects as: lexical selections, the
use of deixis, presuppositions and implicatures, rhetorical and stylistic
features of populist political discourse etc. Empirical, corpus-driven studies
that address different political situations and backgrounds are particularly

Abstracts of up to 350 words should be sent to the panel organizers by 15
October 2016. 

Please note that all abstracts must also be submitted officially to the IPrA
by 15 October 2016 via the conference website:

For the official submission, you need to log in to your IPrA account, select
the options: “Conferences”, “15th Conference”, “Contributions”, “Contribute as
a panel participant”, then select the panel and follow the steps indicated.

IPrA membership is required for the abstract submission and for the
presentation at the 15th International Pragmatics Conference. 

For further information, please contact Marcia Macaulay  (lennox at yorku.ca) or
Raluca Levonian (raluca.levonian at litere.unibuc.ro).


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