CLAVIER (http://www.clavier.unimore.it/site/home.html) is a research group based in Modena and including a network of Italian universities (Bergamo, Florence, Milan State, Rome “La Sapienza”, Siena and Trieste) with an interest in combining two complementary strands of linguistic investigation – corpus analysis and discourse analysis – for a quantitative and qualitative study of language variation in English in terms of diachronic, geographic and socio-cultural dimensions. Within this research framework, CLAVIER is pleased to announce its 2013 International Conference: CLAVIER 13 conference Discourse in and through the Media. Recontextualizing and reconceptualizing expert discourse Modena, 6-8 November 2013
Second call for papers
New deadline for submission of abstracts: August 1, 2013 Notification of acceptance: 14th August, 2013
Recontextualizing and reconceptualizing expert discourse has become increasingly important in modern society. Yet although Knowledge Dissemination (KD) is now receiving increasing attention, the discursive strategies and the pragmatics of KD in and through the media have not received serious consideration. Knowledge dissemination can be seen as a form of “asymmetric” communication between experts and lay-people, or “mediation” of knowledge and intercultural and “inter-discourse communication” (Scollon, Scollon 1995) between members of different cultures, discourse communities and communities of practice. This amounts to re-contextualization (Calsamiglia, Van Dijk 2004) and inclusion of types of “intralinguistic” translations. Here, simplification, explicitation, reformulation (Mauranen 2006), reconceptualization of terms in the subject field “translate” exclusive expertise into “comprehensible” knowledge, suitable to the background of the addressee.
In this context, the aim of the conference is to stimulate the debate on a variety of aspects related to the representation of specialised discourse in and through the media, e.g. voice and point of view, argumentative practices, knowledge construction, multimodality, re-contextualization and re-conceptualization of knowledge, and peer-to-peer communication within genres aimed at knowledge dissemination and popularization. The conference is intended to encourage cross-generic and cross-disciplinary investigations, in an attempt to advocate integrated approaches to the study of media discourse with a view to both theoretical background and practical applications. More specifically, the key-issues of the conference include (but are by no means limited to) the following:
- Web genres and web-mediated knowledge dissemination; - Register variation and knowledge representation across media; - Re-contextualizing knowledge in and through the media; - Genres of knowledge dissemination, from both a synchronic and a diachronic point of view.
The following plenary speakers have confirmed their participation:
Colleen Cotter, Queen Mary University of London Anna Mauranen, University of Helsinki Cornelius Puschmann, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Oxford
Members of the scientific committee will also be presenting their current research.
The conference will start early in the afternoon on the first day and close around lunchtime on the third day, with a roundtable in which participants and invited speakers will discuss theoretical and methodological issues emerged from the papers presented in the previous sessions.
Pre-Conference Workshop A Pre-Conference Workshop on Using the Sketch Engine for corpus-based discourse analysis will be held by Adam Kilgarriff (Lexical Computing Ltd, UK) on Wednesday 6, 9:30-12:30. More information will be available shortly on the conference website. Participation is free but places are limited. If you wish to participate, please send an email to clavier13 at unimore.it.
Presentation Guidelines Papers will be allotted 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion. Time will be allotted for a poster session. Working Language: English
Abstract Submission Please send your anonymous abstract totalling no more than 300 words (including references) by August 1st 2013 to the following address: clavier13 at unimore.it. Please do not include any self-identifying information on the abstract; indicate only the title and the abstract itself. On a separate cover sheet, include:
Title: Format: (paper/ poster) Author(s): Affiliation(s): Postal mailing address (for primary author): E-mail (for primary author):
Important Dates August 1st, 2013: Deadline for receipt of abstracts August 14th, 2013: Notification of acceptance/rejection September 10th, 2013: Programme September 1st - September 30th, 2013: Early-bird registration October 1st - October 31st, 2013: Standard registration
Organizing Committee Marina Bondi - Silvia Cacchiani - Giuliana Diani - Davide Mazzi - Annalisa Sezzi - Anna Stermieri
Scientific Committee Marina Bondi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia) Nicholas Brownlees (University of Florence) Marina Dossena (University of Bergamo) Giuliana Garzone (State University of Milan) Giuseppe Palumbo (University of Trieste) Rita Salvi (Sapienza University of Rome) Elena Tognini Bonelli (University of Siena) Silvia Cacchiani (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia) Davide Mazzi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
For any additional information, please contact us at clavier13 at unimore.it or visit us at http://www.clavier.dslc.unimore.it/site/home.html.