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2013 Hwa Kang International Conference on English Language & Literature
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Department of English Language and Literature, Chinese Culture University
The Hwa Kang International Conference on English Language and Literature is an annual conference organized by the Department of English Language and Literature at Chinese Culture University to encourage intellectual exchanges and academic dialogues between scholars in Taiwan and around the world. In 2013 the conference theme will be Exploring Discourse: Trends and Applications in Language and Literature. The conference organizers want to explore the idea of “discourse” as we find it in the fields of linguistics, language teaching, literature and cultural studies, and in the study of language, communication and texts.
Literature & Cultural Studies
“Discourse” has long been a common term in literary studies, where it can have various meanings including genre-related ones such as “narrative discourse.” Michel Foucault, however, has helped us rethink the concept of “discourse” in terms of its social, political, and cultural formations. For Foucault various discourses (e.g. the discourse of medicine or of history) are expressions of power, and in “every society the production of discourse is at once controlled, selected, organized and redistributed according to a certain number of procedures, whose role is to avert its powers and its dangers.” (“The Discourse on Language,” 1972) Literature and its related cultural practices are types of discursive formations that have been manipulated, analyzed, questioned, and subverted by scholars in literary and cultural studies. We would like to invite original abstracts that deal with theories of discourse, interpretations of literature and related discursive formations, textual analyses involving stylistics and discourse analysis, interrogations of the institutions of literature and literary studies, applications in the teaching of literature, and other approaches that concern literature and discourse.
Subject areas might include but are not limited to the following topics:
Linguistics & Language Teaching
Different kinds of discourse and their analysis have been topics of interest in the past few decades. The focus of this conference will be on advances and research results in the fields of theoretical, experimental, and applied discourse. We welcome papers which present empirical studies of discourse analysis and are based on theoretical approaches, including those of speech act theory, interactional sociolinguistics, the ethnography of communication, pragmatics, conversational analysis, and variation analysis. We also welcome submissions which take discourse as a framework used to interpret rhetoric, culture, collaborative practices, power, identity, diversity, etc. We also hope that this conference can help language teachers to incorporate an awareness of discourse in their teaching, which would only be enhanced by such a perspective.
Possible subject areas include, but are not restricted to, the following:
Conference Date: May 4, 2013
1. We accept papers written either in English or in Chinese. No full-paper submission is required.
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ms. Erika Chin at 02-28610511 ext. 23705 for further information.