Identity Discourses and Discourses of Belonging vs Not-Belonging in Romance Speaking Countries

Organisationskommitté: forskningsgruppen ROMPOL

Françoise Sullet-Nylander, Christophe Premat, Malin Roitman och Maria Bernal

Abstract
After the treatment of Extreme discourses during Rompol’s second workshop and in the forthcoming anthology, Political Discourses and the Extremes. Expression of populism in the Romance Speaking Countries, our research group aims to focus on identity discourses and discourses of belonging vs not-belonging. The main theme of this third Rompol workshop will embrace how political groups, migrant communities and minorities are represented in actual political discourses, where questions regarding inclusion versus exclusion are omnipresent. The workshop’s overall aim is to link these discursive representations of identities with socio-cultural factors that constitute the context of specific communicative events or discursive moments (cf “moments discursifs” (Moirand 2007). Our questioning has its origin in the present political situation in Europe, more specifically in the European integration vs desintegration processes and the shaping of public opinion and political discourse across the national and transnational borders.
Beyond this macro-context, our objective is to investigate how voices who have emerged from varying “crisis” during the last decade ̶ the European migrant crisis, the Brexit, or Catalonia’s will of independence, etc. ̶ are represented in the public political discourses.
A third object of investigation is what Paveau (2017) calls “les discours des locuteurs vulnérables” (the Vulnerables’ discourses) or what Ducard & al (2017) name “les discours sans voix” (Discourses without Voices) as well as Rabatel’s (2016) “les discours des invisibles” (the Invisibles’ discourses), that is to say discourses coming from “private” speakers or groups who usually do not express themselves in the public sphere and/or who live on the margins of society. We are interested in knowing how their words are conveyed and represented in official discourses (media- and political discourses) or which nominations are used by the politicians to refer to them.
We encourage papers that raise questions regarding the ongoing political processes of inclusion and exclusion just mentioned above as well as the following research questions:
- By which linguistic means are different identities − national, gendered, ethnic, etc. − represented in the public mediated political discourse?
- How are tensions between the opposing sides in discourses of inclusion vs exclusion textually represented?
- How are relations of power engendered discursively and how well do discourses’ agency (transitivity, passive constructions, etc.) map the interplay between dominant and subdued social groups in society.
- What social discourses − history, ethnicity, language, etc. − constitute the basis for the representation of identities in different political narratives?
- What societal, socio-linguistic and socio-pragmatic phenomena may contribute to different representation of identities in different Romance speaking countries?
- Are there any differences of identity representation between different cultural and political communities within similar discursive activities (political debate, parliamentary discourse) or in mediated texts that refer to the same communicative event (press, audio-visual media, blogs)? And if so, what elements contribute to these differences

Invited lecturers 

o MARCHAND, Pascal est Professeur en Sciences de l'information et de la communication à l'université de Toulouse 3 – Paul Sabatier où il dirige le Laboratoire d’Etudes et Recherches Appliquées en Sciences Sociales (Lerass, EA 287). Il a publié quatre ouvrages entre 1998 et 2012, dont Être Français aujourd’hui. Les mots du “grand débat” sur l’identité nationale” (avec Pierre Ratinaud aux Éditions Les Liens qui libèrent, 2012). Depuis 2012, il a entamé une recherche sur la négociation en situation de crise extrême qui l’a amené à s’intéresser au discours identitaire des parcours radicalisés. Il est spécialisé dans les méthodes et outils d’analyse du discours assistée par ordinateur. http://www.lerass.com/author/pmarchand/

o PAVEAU, Marie-Anne est professeure en sciences du langage à l’Université de Paris XIII. Ses recherches portent sur les énoncés numériques, les discours liés aux femmes, aux sexualités et au corps, le rapport entre langage et éthique, l'histoire et l'épistémologie des théories linguistiques http://penseedudiscours.hypotheses.org. Elle est l’auteure de nombreux ouvrages, dont Langage et morale. Une éthique des vertus discursives (2013) et L’analyse du discours numérique (2017).

o MONTOLÍO, Estrella. Doctora en Filología Hispánica por la Universitat de Barcelona, y catedrática en esta misma universidad. Sus líneas de investigación principales son el Análisis Retórico y Argumentativo de los Discursos Profesionales, los Marcadores del Discurso y la Sintaxis. Es coordinadora del grupo de investigación EDAP (Estudios de Discurso Académico y Profesional), coautora del Manual de escritura académica y profesional (2014) y editora del volumen Hacia la modernización del discurso jurídico (2012).

o BLAS ARROYO, JOSÉ LUIS. Catedrático de Lengua Española en el Departamento de Filología y Culturas Europeas de la Universidad Jaume I (Castellón, España). Su principal actividad investigadora está dedicada a la sociolingüística y al contacto de lenguas, así como a diversas líneas de investigación en sociopragmática y análisis del discurso (cortesía, debate político, tratamientos). Es autor de libros como Políticos en conflicto. Una aproximación pragmático-discursiva al debate electoral cara a cara (2011) y Sociolingüística del español (2005), y ha publicado numerosos artículos sobre discurso político en revistas y monografías internacionales.

Organizing Committee: Françoise Sullet-Nylander, María Bernal, Christophe Premat, Malin Roitman, (Romance Studies and Classics, Stockholm University)

Arrangör/Organiser: Romling-forskningsnätverk
Webbadress/Webpage: www.su.se/Romklass
Kontakt/Contact: Françoise Sullet-Nylander
Ingen föranmälan krävs/No registration required