[lg policy] Workshop: Politics, Language and Ideology - What Kind of Triangle?

Yael Peled yael.peled at NUFFIELD.OX.AC.UK
Thu Feb 4 20:24:46 UTC 2010

Politics, Language and Ideology: What Kind of Triangle?

Saturday 27 February 2010

The Centre for Political Ideologies, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University


The comparative study of ideology in political science and linguistics reveals intriguing points of similarity between the two disciplines. Political ideologies, as well as linguistic ideologies, are a distinct form of thought, a comprehensive set of beliefs about politics and language which ties with identity, ethics, aesthetics and epistemology in its construction of a distinct form of a perceived reality. Furthermore, political ideologies and linguistic ideologies are not separate but rather relate closely to one another, given the prominence of language in political ideologies as well as that of power in their linguistic counterparts. These close relations are well evident in the plethora of intellectual domains that derive from it, from political theory, history of ideas and critical theory to discourse analysis, critical applied linguistics and language policy. The comparative study of the two, then, further suggests a complex and multifaceted interaction between the three components that comprise this intellectual triangle: ideology, politics and language.

This complex and multifaceted interaction between ideology, politics and language is the focus of the one-day workshop. By bringing together specialists from both political theory and linguistics, the workshop seeks to explore the various dynamics of the interaction between these three corners of the triangle. These include, but are by no means restricted to, the interface between language and politics as perceived realities, and their implications within academia and outside it; language of (and in) political ideologies (semantics and rhetoric); language as political ideology; dimensions of power in linguistic ideologies. The seminar aims to explore these dynamics, and the various theoretical, conceptual and methodological questions they raise in the academic study of the interface between language, politics and ideology. By examining potential points of contact, as well as points of departure, between political ideologies and linguistic ideologies, the seminar will examine the ways by which closer engagement between the study of political and linguistic ideologies could potentially advance our understanding of the two, as well as the concept of ideology itself.


Michael Freeden  (Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for Political Ideologies, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University)

Ruth Wodak (Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University)

Sue Wright (Professor of Language and Politics, School of Languages and Area Studies, Portsmouth University)


10:00 - 10:30 Registration and coffee

10:30 - 12:00 Opening and session 1: Power and Language - Conceptualising the Subject Matter(s)

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 14:30 Session 2: Thinking Politically, Thinking Linguistically

14:30 - 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 - 16:30 Session 3: (Re)contextualising Ideology

16:30 - 17:00 Closing


Participation is free but registration is required, and the number of participants is limited to 20. Please register with Yael Peled and include a short (<100 words) bio. For directions, see http://www.politics.ox.ac.uk/about/location.asp.


Yael Peled

Nuffield College
Oxford OX1 1NF, UK

Tel.: + 44 (0)1865 278975
Fax: + 44 (0)1865 278621

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