Transdisciplinary Conference in University College Cork, Ireland
School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures / MA Applied Linguistics
18th / 19th May 2018
We would like to invite researchers from various disciplines to submit abstracts to this transdisciplinary conference (dis)COVERING DISCOURSES in University College Cork.
Mikhail M. Bakhtin argued that “verbal discourse is a social phenomenon” constituted by speakers within a concrete situation with a very specific purpose. Since then, concepts surrounding the formation, structures and functions of discourses have held a central position in academic research. Following Foucault discourses are part of a “heterogeneous ensemble” consisting of “institutions, architectural forms, regulatory decisions, laws, administrative measures, scientific statements, philosophical, moral and philanthropic propositions – in short, the said as much as the unsaid.”
Given the symbiotic relationship we have with discourses whereby we are unremittingly surrounded by, embedded in and informed by discursive ensembles, whilst simultaneously actively shaping them, the aim of this transdisciplinary conference is to offer researchers a space to explore and challenge current discourses. We wish to think not only about current hierarchies and the power they affirm, but also about what is absent in the current discursive regimes. Since discourse is perceived as having formative, regulatory and authoritative characteristics, in this conference we aim to cover ongoing discourses and to peel back layers and thus dis-cover discourses hidden in society.
Potential themes on Discourse that we would like to address: Architecture/Arts, Borders, Body, Class, Gender, Health, Identity, Institutions, Integration, Knowledge, Literature/Literary Critique Economy, Migration, Multilingualism, Nature/Animals, Precarity, Religion, Silence, Social Media, Space, Violence.
The conference may be of interest to scholars from various disciplines, including: Linguistics, Literature, Cultural Studies, Social Studies, Migration Studies, Religious Studies, Gender Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, Government and Politics, Economy, Anthropology, Human-Animal Studies, Medicine, Clinical Therapies, Media Studies, Digital Humanities.
Please submit your abstract (max. 300 words) and a brief biography (max. 70 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12th February 2018.
Organizers: Anne Marie Devlin, Michael Hofer, Dragan Miladinovic, Barbara Siller, Sara Lis Ventura, Hanna Völker