second CALL FOR PAPERS
"METAPHOR AND AUSTERITY" Fifth Interdisciplinary Workshop on Corpus-Based Approaches to Figurative Language (held in conjunction with Corpus Linguistics 2013) Monday 22nd July 2013 Lancaster University, UK
METAPHOR AND AUSTERITY The West is settling into a new age of austerity: the ?NICE?(?non-inflationary consistent expansion?, Kitson et al. 2011) economy has turned ?VILE? (?volatile inflation, little expansion?, ibid.), and the economic and social fall-out is now becoming visible. Unemployment, redundancy, inflation, recession, insecurity, and poverty all loom, causing governments, businesses and individuals to re-evaluate their priorities. A changing world changes attitudes, and the earliest manifestations of such change can often be found in figurative language. Political rhetoric attempts to sweeten the bitter pill that nations have no choice but to swallow; all are invited to share the pain, make sacrifices for the common good, and weather the storm. But more sinister undertones can also be perceived. In times of social and financial dire straits, scapegoats are sought and mercilessly pursued in the press. The elderly, unemployed, and disabled are under fire for ?sponging off the state?; and as jobs become scarcer and the tax bill rises, migrant populations and asylum seekers are viewed with increasing suspicion and resentment. Calls for a ?big society? fall on deaf ears. Society, it seems, is shrinking as self-preservation takes hold. This fifth Interdisciplinary Workshop on Corpus-Based Approaches to Figurative Language will consist of a day-long colloquium including oral presentations (20 + 10 minutes), a poster session, plus a round-table discussion chaired by members of the organizing committee. It is the organizers? intention to showcase original research into the figurative language associated with Austerity in its many guises and in various spheres of life, and to stimulate interdisciplinary debate between established and early-career researchers who are investigating Austerity in corpus data. Proposals are therefore welcome on any aspect of figurative language relevant to the central theme of Austerity, including, but not limited to, the economy, work and unemployment, immigration and asylum seeking, social inclusion and exclusion. Given the dominance of English in the literature on metaphor, research dealing with other languages will be particularly welcome, whether contrastive or otherwise.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES Extended abstracts for 20 minute talks (1500-2000 words, excluding references) and for posters (1000-1250 words, excluding references) should be sent in an email attachment to Gill Philip <gill.philip AT unimc.it> by 31 January 2013. Following notification of acceptance, participants will be invited to resubmit their abstracts for inclusion in the peer-reviewed workshop proceedings which will be published concurrently with the workshop.
IMPORTANT DATES Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 January 2013 Notification of acceptance: 5 March 2013 Deadline for revised abstracts: 14 May 2013 Workshop: 22 July 2013
References M. Kitson, R. Martin & P. Tyler. 2011. The geographies of austerity. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 4. 289?302.
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