Description conference political discourse 9-11 October 2014 (236 Kb)

Program Workshop on Political discourse (179 Kb)

Abstracts Rom Pol (1034 Kb)

Organization and scientific committee:
María-Luisa Bartolomei , María Bernal, Thomas Johnen, Andrés Rivarola, Malin Roitman, Françoise Sullet-Nylander, Fredrik Uggla (Department of Romance Studies and Classics, Stockholm University), Paulina de los Reyes (Department of Economic History, Stockholm University)

Political discourse is omnipresent in our societies since we have access to a never-ending stream of political messages through media, messages about how the outside world is governed or should be governed. Politics is basically about ideas, ideologies, visions, and arguments, conveyed by language, with which it is closely connected. It is difficult to study one aspect without taking the other into account. In other words, the different approaches (linguistics, discourse analysis, history, political and social sciences) are complementary to each other, as the starting point of analysis is different. Whereas linguistic and discourse analytical approaches have as starting point concrete textual elements and discourse practices (micro-level analyses), the political and social science approach often takes as its starting point society at a macro-structural level. Thus, while the latter gives a picture of general tendencies, the former highlights the practices of individual politicians and political parties.

Invited plenary speakers

  • Patrick Charaudeau, professor emeritus at Université Paris XIII. One of the internationally most recognized French researchers on discourse analysis. He has an important focus on media political discourse. His regional scope includes France and Latin America. His publications are on French, Spanish and Portuguese. Many of his works has been translated to Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Catalina Fuentes Rodríguez, professor at Universidad de Sevilla. One of the most important researchers on Pragmatics in Spain. She has done important research on argumentation in Andalusia’s parliamentary discourse.
  • Catherine Kerbrat-Orecchioni, professor emeritus at Université Lumière Lyon 2. One of the internationally most recognized French researchers on Pragmatics with important research on political discourse and French election debates.
  • Maria Aldina Bessa Ferreira Rodrigues Marques, professor at Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal. One of the most important researchers on political discourse in Portugal.
  • Kristina Boréus, Södertörns högskola, professor of political science at Stockholm University and currently visiting professor at Södertörn University. She is the author of several studies on electoral discourse, and also on the methods of discourse and text analysis. Her recent research has focused on comparative analysis of electoral discourse in Sweden, Denmark and Austria.

Scientific program and abstracts will be available at the beginning of September.