Initiated in 2005, and previously hosted in the UK, USA, Ireland, Germany and South Africa, Language in the Media (LiM) visits South America for the first time. The theme of the 2019 conference dealing with language and the mediatisation of resistance is particularly relevant these days, in view of the tensions, intolerance and polarization we have been experiencing worldwide.
A now well-established body of research indicates that this state of conflict is partly articulated in media communication. It also shows just how high the stakes raise when attrition gets commodified. Although media interaction involves complex and layered power relations, it only exists being resisted, amidst constant battles for meaning and contextualization.
One can thus say that the production, circulation and interpretation of media texts are always power-resistance actions. However, the dynamics of these complementary practices and their transformation possibilities still demand thorough exploration. Foucault has taught us that power games are fluid and relational, and as such, are prone to instability and insubordination.
These concerns embody this year’s focus on struggles for domination-reversal enhanced by media semiosis. Namely, they seek to answer the following questions: “How is power-resistance semiotized in media texts?”, “How does it orient to dominating historical-sociocultural repertoires?” and “How does it act performatively?”
While favoring the focus on power-resistance processes, the 2019 conference will keep the interest in the broad sociolinguistic topics prioritised in previous versions of LiM: language standardization and style; language policy and practice; language acquisition; multilingualism and cross-/inter-cultural communication; communication in professional contexts; representations of speech, thought, and writing; language and class, dis/ability, race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality and age; political discourse, commerce and global capitalism; language and education.
23-26 July 2019
Forte São João
Rio de Janeiro
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