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Call for papers: Political Discourse- Multidisciplinary Approaches

4 December 2014

CAll for Papers

 Key Information:

  • Abstract deadline: 6 March 2015
  • 250-300 words (excluding bibliography)
  • Papers will be 20 minutes in length, with 10 minutes after each paper for questions and discussion.
  • Papers encouraged from researchers working in all disciplines concerning political discourse analysis (linguistics, political science, history, translation studies).
  • Comparative papers on a variety of European and international political cultures especially welcomed.
  • Queries: to conference organisers Geraldine Horan and Michael Kranert,  politicaldiscourse2015@gmail.com.
  • Conference date: 26-27 June 2015


Political discourse has long been the domain of critical linguists on the one hand, and political scientists on the other. Critical linguists understand political discourse primarily as language in the context of politics, while political science understands political discourses as ‘big D’ discourse (Gee 2005), as systems of knowledge and ideology.

In the last few decades, however, linguists, translation scholars and political scientists have begun to take a more interdisciplinary stance, combining both approaches to D/discourse. In political science, the study of political speech and rhetoric begins to be seen as essential for scholars of politics, since ‘the political speech is a snapshot of ideology in action’ (Finlayson, Martin 2008, p. 449). At the same time, linguistic discourse analysts have begun contextualizing their analysis using political and social science methods, and argue that these methods are necessary in order to explain results of linguistic analysis (see for example Harris, Rampton 2014; Wodak 2014). This has also had an influence on translation studies, where cooperation with political discourse analysis is perceived as a necessity (e.g. Schäffner 2004).

The conference

This two-day conference will explore and debate the diversity of methods used to analyse political discourse in order to encourage the conversation between disciplines involved. It will discuss the merits and issues of different methodological approaches to discourse and explore which insights discourse analysts can give into the cultural dependencies of political discourses in a European and global context.

Keynote speakers:

Alan Finlayson (University of East Anglia)

Ruth Wodak (Lancaster University)


Full fee: £ 150 - early bird (before 1 May 2015): £ 125

Post graduates: £ 100 – early bird (before 1 May 2015): £70

Single day fee: £ 75 – Post graduate Single Day fee: £35

Conference Dinner: £ 40

Post-graduate conference scholarship:

We are offering 4 post-graduate conference scholarships for post graduate students who wish to attend the whole conference and present the paper. The scholarships include the conference fee and the conference dinner. If you would like to be considered, please indicate this at the end of your abstract.

This conference is kindly supported by: