[PLing] WG: Dates - publication project: Imagining the Peoples of Europe: political discourses across the political spectrum

Wodak, Ruth r.wodak at lancaster.ac.uk
Wed Jun 8 21:53:17 CEST 2016

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status: CfP Call for papers
publication project
Imagining the Peoples of Europe: political discourses across the political spectrum

The landscape of political ideologies in Europe is in a time of rapid change. Established political parties and ways of doing politics are being challenged by a multitude of new movements and players that claim to articulate the will of the people. However, these actors come in many shapes. The anti-Islamic and anti-immigration discourses of Pegida (Germany) or Geert Wilders (Netherlands) have little in common with the populisms of Syriza, Podemos or Nuit Debout. Many critical discourse studies have focused on racist or right-wing modes of populism. Left-wing articulations of the will of the people have received less attention, even though projects such as Podemos actively embrace the signifier ‘populism’. All of these movements can be called populist in the sense that they claim to translate the will of the people while opposing this will antagonistically to the political agenda and will of an elite. 

Comparative discourse studies of populist projects across the ideological spectrum are rare. Left-wing populist projects have received less attention and are not always analysed under this header. The signifier populism seems to be connoted differently by political actors in the South and in the North-East of Europe. Whereas radical left-wing actors in the South frequently equate populism and democracy, left-wing thinkers in the North of Europe generally take the opposite stance. This is reflected in the fact that most critical discourse studies have focused on right-wing manifestations of populism. Because of radically different connotations of populism, it is unlikely that a consensus about the term will be reached. Nevertheless, because of the shared formal structure of these ideologies, a comparative perspective is warranted. 

In the edited volume Imagining the peoples of Europe, we will collect discourse studies that focus on the way ‘the people’ is labelled, addressed, conceptualised, and interpellated in different ideological projects across European regions and nation-states. This common focus on ‘the people’ - e.g. de mensen (Dutch); das Volk or die Menschen (German); el pueblo or la gente (Spanish); les gens or le peuple (French) allows for a cross-European comparative perspective. Put differently, we seek to collect papers focusing on the way notions of ‘the people’ are articulated with other concepts and identities. For instance, what are the characteristics of the people imagined? And how are its friends, allies, adversaries and opponents constructed across a range of multimodal media formats and discursive tropes? And what does this tell us about the dynamics of democratic and/or populist politics?

We welcome contributions from all perspectives in the transdisciplinary field of discourse studies, ranging from linguistic pragmatics and multimodal discourse analysis, over critical ethnography, critical discourse analysis and discourse historical analysis to poststructuralist discourse theory, and anything in between or beyond. We welcome both qualitative and quantitative research projects. The main criterium for selection will be the topical focus of the contribution. 

Please submit your abstracts here before August 15th, 2016. Abstracts should be no longer than 550 words. In order to submit your abstracts, you will need to log in with discourseanalysis.net. If you do not have a profile yet, you can create one here: http://www.discourseanalysis.net/registration.php . 

Once logged in, you can submit your abstracts here: http://www.discourseanalysis.net/wiki.php?wiki=Imagining%20the%20People%20in%20the%20New%20Politics::PopulismSubmitAbstract . Please make sure to describe:

Your research problem and/or the general topic of your paper Your discourse analytical and theoretical perspective(s) The type of data you will analyse in your paper The general methodological, theoretical or societal issues you want to address The overall argument you would like to make

The selection of abstracts will be made by September,1st 2016 and you will receive a letter of acceptance or rejection in the week thereafter. Authors of accepted abstracts will then be offered a letter of commitment in which they will be asked to declare that they will deliver the full text of their paper on January 31st, 2017.

The book will be published with an international publisher and will be edited by Jan Zienkowski and Ruth Breeze.

Contact person: Jan Zienkowski
email: jzienkowski at unav.es

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