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Exploring Fuzzy Boundaries in Discourse Studies

17 - 19 May 2018 - Budapest, Hungary

 

NEW POST (12th December, 2017) Information about registering

 

The registration fees are as follows:


·         early-bird registration fee (before 31st Jan, 2018): EUR 80;

·         reduced early-bird fee: EUR 60 (for students, please send us proof of student status);

·         regular fee (after 31st Jan.): EUR 100;

·         reduced fee (after 31st Jan): 70 EUR (for students, please send us proof of student status).


Please add EUR 50 if you wish to attend the conference dinner. The conference dinner (6 p.m. on 18th May) will be served on a cruise ship, so we will be able to enjoy the view of Budapest’s historical sights as they are ambiently lit along the bank of the Danube. The menu of the (buffet-style) conference dinner can be found at the following link (special dietary options will be available):


https://www.dropbox.com/s/cveh1p5f4zkb1mx/2018_private%20cruise-buffet%20menu-3.pdf?dl=0


Further information and photos of the cruise can be found at the service provider’s website:


http://www.perfecttoursbudapest.com/danube.php (two-hour cruise without live music or folk programme)


We need to book a cruise ship of a particular seating capacity in advance, so please note that if you do not tranfer the cost of the dinner together with the registration fee, you might be unable to attend the conference dinner (additional seats will be subject to availability).

 

For international transfers please use the following information for the bank transfer:

Recipient’s name: Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem

Recipient’s address: H-1091, Kálvin tér 9., Budapest, Hungary

Recipient bank’s name: Erste Bank Zrt. Hungary

Recipient bank’s address: H-1138 Budapest, Hungary, Népfürdő u. 24-26.

IBAN: HU54 1160 0006 0000 0000 1014 8552

Swift code: GIBAHUHB

Reference: DiscourseNet 20, your name, 20405B100

 

Please indicate the conference name, the participant’s (your) name and the conference code (20405B100) in the ’reference’ section, as in the example above. This reference MUST be used for the correct processing of the payment.

 

For HUF trasfers initiated from Hungary, use the following bank account:

OTP Bank, 11705008-20436034, Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem

 

All bank fees of the sending bank and receiving bank (clearing bank) have to be paid by the participant when doing the transaction so that the exact amount of the fee is credited on the University’s bank account in full. Accordingly, please choose the OUR / ’sender pays all costs’ option when making the transfer. All payments must be done in EUR (for transfers in HUF made from Hungary, please use the current HUF/EUR exchange rates).

 

After transferring the registration fee (+dinner cost), please send proof of payment (bank statement, screen shot, etc.) to the conference email address (dn20budapest@gmail.com). Please direct any further inquiries to this email address, as well.

 

Please note that on-site registration will not be an option. Registration closes on 31st March, if we do not receive your registration fee via bank transfer by that date, we will be unable to include your presentation in the conference program.

 

The registration fee includes the following:

·         Conference folder, name tag and program;

·         Access to all conference events (panels and plenary speeches);

·         Two luncheons and four or five coffee breaks;

·         Publishing opportunity with Palgrave Macmillan (selected papers only);

·         Additional information materials and organisational/venue costs.

 

Conference registration does not include the conference dinner, which has an additional fee of EUR 50 (see above). The book of abstracts will be sent out in electronic format prior to the conference.

 

Certificates of attendance and invoices will be issued on-site and upon request only. If you will be needing a certificate or an invoice, let us know the details in the email you will be sending with your proof of payment.


 

 

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The aim of the 20th DiscourseNet conference is to focus on the multifarious aspects of fuzzy boundaries in the field of discourse studies. The field of discourse studies itself is marked by complex boundary work and a certain degree of fuzziness regarding the use of linguistic categories. Moreover, fuzziness and boundary work are also inherent dimensions of cognition and subjectivity, it can therefore be considered a fundamental feature of the discursive construction of reality. This conference explores the different ways in which fuzziness operates in empirically observable discourse.

 

We can observe fuzzy boundaries within the field of Discourse Studies per se in the following respects (cf. Angermuller et al. 2014: 2):

  •  the variety of disciplinary fields, e.g. (socio)linguistics, sociology, philosophy, literary criticism, anthropology, psychology, etc. and intellectual traditions (rule-based, experience-based, poststructuralist, hermeneutic, semiotic, psychoanalytical, etc.);
  • the fuzzy diversity of schools associated with prominent figures such as Blommaert, Fairclough, Foucault, Goffman, Grice, Gumperz, Habermas, Harris, Hymes, Labov, Lakoff, Pêcheux, Petőfi, Sacks, Schiffrin, or Wodak;
  • in terms of research methodologies and what constitutes data and corpora in Discourse Studies: here we can mention intuition-based, corpus-based and corpus-driven approaches, sociolinguistic interviews, matched-guised techniques and discourse completion tasks, and the emerging importance of triangulation and approaching the data from different plausibility contexts, i.e. complexity and hybridity in terms of sampling as well as analysing data;
  • fuzzy boundaries with regard to the goals and aims of Discourse Studies, especially in terms of the theoretical-descriptive-applied-critical dimensions: most analyses providing rich discourse-theoretical inspiration lend themselves to empirical testing, while linguistic description, applied research and critical analysis are futile without sound theoretical foundations.

 

Both academic and everyday discourses are characterized by the use of abstract concepts and categories that may be marked by varying degrees of fuzziness. This fuzziness allows language users to adapt to functionally related meaningful discursive elements to ever-changing contexts of enunciation. Within academia, this principle often leads to debates about conflicting uses of similar categories. In politics, this principle may lead to emotional engagements with all sorts of political identities and ideological projects. And at times, there is even a hybrid cross-over and fuzzy confusion between academic and non-academic notions of categories such as language, culture, identity, politics, integration, economy and any other basic category for understanding our world.

 

A (proto)typical example of a linguistic category that displays many fuzzy boundaries is the functional category of discourse markers with an extremely heterogeneous set of source categories (interjections, adverbials, verbs, clauses, etc.) and discourse functions (ideational, interpersonal, rhetorical, textual) as well as fuzzy boundaries with other categories such as modal particles, pragmatic force modifiers, hedges, framing devices, contextualization cues, etc. Other such fuzzy categories include enunciative markers, modality markers, deictics, reporting expressions, etc.

 

In a globalized world marked by an increasing socio-political focus on immigration and minority groups there is also a need for new perceptual frameworks to come to terms with a plethora of social and cultural identities with fuzzy boundaries between them including transnational, ethnic, religious, ideological and gender identities and issues such as double consciousness, diaspora, the third space, heterogeneous homogeneity, the internal colony, etc.

 

Transnationalism, translocality, and transpositionality are the most frequently used terms to describe the cultural, social and spatial fuzziness of subject positions in the contemporary Western world. Hegemonic portrayals of subjectivities are often challenged by literary and visual texts which call attention to the intersection of gender, race, class, ethnicity, nationality as well as other forms of identity. Representations of cities and urban life are defined by nomadism, transgression, trespass and shifting boundaries, raising questions concerning the ethical positions momentary nomadic connections open up (cf. Rosi Braidotti).

 

Since the affective turn in the social sciences and the humanities, affect has been contrasted with the discursive, and the need to find new approaches to untangle the ambivalent relation between affect and discourse has become an imperative (cf. Margaret Wetherell). Affect shapes the encounters between bodies and events, which is all the more significant in the globalised, nomadic Western world, yet the Deleuzian notion of affect as “discursive excess” does not provide a viable framework to understand its social and cultural significance. New methodologies and conceptual frameworks are needed to redefine affect as part of a continuous stream of meaning-making.  

 

We invite contributions which deal with theoretical and/or methodological challenges with reference to fuzzy boundaries such as (but not exclusive to) the above issues. We welcome papers from all strands, schools, and perspectives in Discourse Studies, from the humanities to the social sciences, from strictly interpretive to quantifying methodologies, from discourse as a situated practice to discourse as socially distributed knowledge.

 

Reflecting fuzzy boundaries and the diversity of disciplines in Discourse Studies,

Christopher Hart

(Lancaster University, UK)

and

Heike Pichler

(Newcastle University, UK)

have confirmed their participation as plenary speakers (please click on name to download the respective plenary abstracts).

 

If accepted, applicants will have to register to confirm their participation. There is a limited number of places. Registration will be closed when full.

 

After the conference, a book proposal for a thematic volume (or possibly two) based on selected conference papers will be submitted to Palgrave Macmillan for the “Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse” series.

 

Main organizer:

Péter Furkó (Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary)

 

Local organizers:

Csilla Dér (Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary)

Ágnes Györke (University of Debrecen)

Judit Nagy (Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary)

Ildikó Vaskó (Eötvös Loránd University)

 

Scientific Committee:

Johannes Angermuller (University of Warwick)

Jan Chovanec (Masaryk University, Brno)

Dorte Madsen (Copenhagen Business School)

Heike Pichler (Newcastle University)

Ronny Scholz (University of Warwick)

Jan Zienkowski (University of Navarra)

(+local organizers)

DiscourseNet 20, 17-19 May, 2018

Károli Gáspár University, Budapest, Hungary

The registration fees are as follows:

·         early-bird registration fee (before 31st Jan, 2018): EUR 80;

·         reduced early-bird fee: EUR 60 (for students, please send us proof of student status);

·         regular fee (after 31st Jan.): EUR 100;

·         reduced fee (after 31st Jan): 70 EUR (for students, please send us proof of student status).

Please add EUR 50 if you wish to attend the conference dinner. The conference dinner (6 p.m. on 18th May) will be served on a cruise ship, so we will be able to enjoy the view of Budapest’s historical sights as they are ambiently lit along the bank of the Danube. The menu of the (buffet-style) conference dinner can be found at the following link (special dietary options will be available):

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cveh1p5f4zkb1mx/2018_private%20cruise-buffet%20menu-3.pdf?dl=0

Further information and photos of the cruise can be found at the service provider’s website:

http://www.perfecttoursbudapest.com/danube.php

We need to book a cruise ship of a particular seating capacity in advance, so please note that if you do not tranfer the cost of the dinner together with the registration fee, you might be unable to attend the conference dinner (additional seats will be subject to availability).

 

For international transfers please use the following information for the bank transfer:

Recipient’s name: Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem

Recipient’s address: H-1091, Kálvin tér 9., Budapest, Hungary

Recipient bank’s name: Erste Bank Zrt. Hungary

Recipient bank’s address: H-1138 Budapest, Hungary, Népfürdő u. 24-26.

IBAN: HU54 1160 0006 0000 0000 1014 8552

Swift code: GIBAHUHB

Reference: DiscourseNet 20, your name, 20405B100

 

Please indicate the conference name, the participant’s (your) name and the conference code (20405B100) in the ’reference’ section, as in the example above. This reference MUST be used for the correct processing of the payment.

 

For HUF trasfers initiated from Hungary, use the following bank account:

OTP Bank, 11705008-20436034, Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem

 

All bank fees of the sending bank and receiving bank (clearing bank) have to be paid by the participant when doing the transaction so that the exact amount of the fee is credited on the University’s bank account in full. Accordingly, please choose the OUR / ’sender pays all costs’ option when making the transfer. All payments must be done in EUR (for transfers in HUF made from Hungary, please use the current HUF/EUR exchange rates).

 

Registration fees are per participant and NOT per paper. If two or more authors of the same paper attend, all attending authors need to pay the registration fee. If an author gives two papers, s/he needs to transfer only one registration fee.

After transferring the registration fee (+dinner cost), please send proof of payment (bank statement, screen shot, etc.) to the conference email address (dn20budapest@gmail.com). Please direct any further inquiries to this email address, as well.

Please note that on-site registration will not be an option. Registration closes on 31st March, if we do not receive your registration fee via bank transfer by that date, we will be unable to include your presentation in the conference program.

The registration fee includes the following:

·         Conference folder, name tag and program;

·         Access to all conference events (panels and plenary speeches);

·         Two luncheons and four or five coffee breaks;

·         Publishing opportunity with Palgrave Macmillan (selected papers only);

·         Additional information materials and organisational/venue costs.

Conference registration does not include the conference dinner, which has an additional fee of EUR 50 (see above). The book of abstracts will be sent out in electronic format prior to the conference.

Certificates of attendance and invoices will be issued on-site and upon request only. If you will be needing a certificate or an invoice, let us know the details in the email you will be sending with your proof of payment.

 


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