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Beyond Standard English. Variation and Change in Eastern England – Carmen Ciancia

Carmen Ciancia Beyond Standard English. Variation and Change in Eastern England Carocci, 2023, pp. 104. ISBN: 978-88-290-2028-7 When foreign learners of English take up an English course, they are commonly taught the standard form of the language. However, when they visit an English speaking country for the first time (e.g. the UK), they face difficulties in understanding the real English, mostly in terms of pronunciation differences. Why? This and many other questions are answered in this book, which explores the hidden mechanisms of how language works, the complex relationship between language and ideologies, and describes language as a social phenomenon by showing how societal structures affect the way people talk, particularly in Eastern England. Other topics covered include fieldwork and data analysis for students and researchers embarking on research projects in Sociolinguistics.

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Space and Place as Human Coordinates: Rethinking Dimensions across Disciplines – Arianna Maiorani, C. Bruna Mancini (eds)

Arianna Maiorani, C. Bruna Mancini (eds) Space and Place as Human Coordinates: Rethinking Dimensions across Disciplines Cambridge Scholars, 2021, 1-5275-7462-8, 1-5275-9873-X This truly multidisciplinary book explores how culture-founding terms like ‘space’ and ‘place’ have been reconsidered, re-elaborated and how they have acquired new meanings through academic research that crosses the traditional borderline between the humanities and social sciences. All chapters explore from different perspectives how the notions of space and place are still modelling our sense of reality by investigating social and cultural phenomena of various types that evolved between the 20th and 21st centuries. The essays collected here provide evidence of the growing necessity of building bridges across disciplines to allow knowledge, in general, and academic work, in particular, to work towards new forms of epistemology. The book will be of particular interest to scholars and students in the areas of cultural studies, discourse analysis, multimodality, communication and media, linguistics, literary and film studies, anthropology and ethnography. https://www.cambridgescholars.com/product/978-1-5275-7462-5/

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Space(s) of the Fantastic. A 21st Century Manifesto – David Punter, C. Bruna Mancini (eds)

David Punter, C. Bruna Mancini (eds) Space(s) of the Fantastic. A 21st Century ManifestoRoutledge, 2021, ISBN Hardback: 9780367680282, ISBN Paperback: 9780367681692 This book provides a series of new addresses to the enduring problem of how to categorize the Fantastic. The approach taken is through the lens of spatiality; the Fantastic gives us new worlds, although of course these are refractions of worlds already in being. In place of ‘real’ spaces (whatever they might be), the Fantastic gives us imaginary spaces, although within those spaces historical and cultural conflicts are played out, albeit in forms that stretch our understanding of everyday location, and our usual interpretations of cause and effect. Many authors are addressed here, from a variety of different geographical and national traditions, thus demonstrating how the Fantastic – as a mode, a genre, a way of thinking, imagining and writing – continually traverses borders and boundaries. We hope to move the ongoing debate about the Fantastic forward in a scholarly as well as an engaging way. https://www.routledge.com/Spaces-of-the-Fantastic-A-21st-Century-Manifesto/Punter-Mancini/p/book/9780367681692#

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Professional Discourse across Medicine, Law, and Other Disciplines: Issues and Perspectives – Girolamo Tessuto

Girolamo Tessuto, Richard Ashcroft, Vijay, K. Bhatia (eds.) Professional Discourse across Medicine, Law, and Other Disciplines: Issues and Perspectives Cambridge Scholars, 2023, pp. 385. ISBN: 1-5275-9471-8 This volume provides a stage for an extensive exploration of the interface between medicine, law and other disciplines or professions. It offers the reader opportunities to understand how this integrative, interactive interdisciplinary process can be examined through the lenses of language, discourse, and communication. Grown out from the newly established CIRLaM (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Language and Medicine) that builds upon extensive research done by CRILL (Centre for Research in Language and Law), contributions in this volume cover cross-wise issues raised by paradigmatic cases of bioethics and law, nursing ethics and law, pharmacy ethics and law, bioethics and religion, risk management and ethics, social inclusion and bioethics, and environmental ethics. This book is part of the Medical Discourse and Communication international, double-blind referred series (formerly Legal Discourse and Communication) – Editor-in Chief: G. Tessuto. https://www.cambridgescholars.com/product/978-1-5275-9471-5

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ESSE Conference – 26-30 August 2024

ESSE Conference European Society for the Study of English 2024 conference http://www.unil.ch/esse2024 The 2024 European Society for the Study of English conference will take place at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 26-30 August 2024. Call for posters, seminar papers and doctoral symposium Posters should be devoted to research-in-progress and project presentations. The aim is to provide additional opportunities for feedback and personal contacts. At the conference, there will be a dedicated poster session, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 27 August 2024 at 6pm. Please send proposals of not more than 240 words to esse2024@unil.ch by 31 January 2024. Seminar papers Scholars wishing to present their paper in one of the seminars are invited to submit 250- word abstracts of their proposed presentations and a brief bio directly to the convenors of the respective seminars by 31 January 2024. The list of seminars can be found here: https://wp.unil.ch/esse2024/calls-for-participation/call-forindividual-papers-and-posters/ Seminars consist of a varying number of academic papers and discussions. The length of papers should be 20 minutes with an added 10 minutes for discussion. As the number of slots for seminars is restricted for room reasons, the seminar convenors have some flexibility and may ask seminar participants for shortened papers in order to allow for more presentations in their seminars. Doctoral Symposium Call for participation at: https://wp.unil.ch/esse2024/calls-for-participation/callfor-the-doctoral-symposium/ KEY DATES 31 January 2024: Submissions of proposals for individual papers and posters 31 January 2024: Application to Doctoral Symposium 1 March 2024: Registration begins

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“Metamorphoses and Fluidity: Ever-Changing Shapes in the Stream of Time”

Title: “Metamorphoses and Fluidity: Ever-Changing Shapes in the Stream of Time” Dates: 7-8 May 2024 Place: Tor Vergata University of Rome Organising committee: TrAdE Group, Department of History, Humanities and Society, Tor Vergata University of Rome Please submit your proposals (max 200 words) to: segreteria.trade@gmail.com by 20 January 2024, and check the website https://gruppotrade-2019.uniroma2.it for full call for papers and other info. Prominent theoretical issues and practices in contemporary Western intellectual cultures have made metamorphosis a desirable area for scholarly study, as the topic is frequently juxtaposed or linked with something that is not only “other”. Metamorphosis, however, not only questions the distinctions between the subject and its “other” or between language and nonlanguage; it also raises issues of definition. As a result, many studies focused on the concept of metamorphosis emphasize epistemological and ontological issues pertaining to the subject’s interaction with the outside world and other people as well as the subject’s understanding of both the subject and the outside world. Another topic that has received much attention in recent studies is metamorphosis as a tropological issue, as it draws from a variety of trope categories, particularly metaphor and metonymy, and yet, as a representation of a startling and seemingly miraculous change, it is also capable of playing with the line between the literal and figurative. The fourth edition of the biannual conference organized by the Research Group TrAdE (Translation and Adaptation from/into English) seeks to explore how translation and adaptation deal with ever-changing literary and linguistic shapes in the stream of time. The transdisciplinary Conference shall be focused on (but not limited to): metamorphosis/fluidity in education and (social) media; in art(s), music, movies, and TV series; in language, literature, linguistics, and translation; metamorphosis/fluidity of style(s) and genre(s).

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“The Travelling Self: Tourism and Life-Writing in Eighteenth-Century Europe”

Title: “The Travelling Self: Tourism and Life-Writing in Eighteenth-Century Europe” Dates: 18-20 July 2024 Place: University of Oxford Organising committee: Catriona Seth (Oxford) and Giovanni Iamartino (Milan) Please submit abstracts in English or French (c. 200 words) by 15 February 2024 to Catriona.Seth@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk and giovanni.iamartino@unimi.it . The eighteenth century saw the invention of modern tourism and a startling proliferation of new kinds of life-writing. This conference will explore how travellers wrote about themselves while they were away from home, and how our historical understanding of the phenomenon of travel – including domestic travel, but focusing on the Grand Tour – has relied on, but also been restricted by, travellers’ own accounts, whether they seek to project a specific image of themselves (public or private, true or self-censored) or are unaware of how much they are giving up. Letters, diaries, journals, travelogues and any kind of personal reminiscences – either real or fictional – may provide textual evidence of the ‘travelling self’. Biotourism, the selves on tour, absent selves and the life-writing of travel are some of the approaches which colleagues might like to envisage. The conference is being planned under the aegis of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Società Italiana di Studi sul Secolo Diciottesimo (who have so far organised six international joint conferences) with the support of the Société Française d’Etude du XVIIIe Siècle, All Souls College Oxford, the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages of the University of Oxford, and the Maison Française d’Oxford. A small number of bursaries to cover accommodation costs for unwaged or early career researchers will be provided. If you are applying for one, please indicate your current academic status in your proposal.

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“A Foil to the Hero: Antiheroic Characters in Language, Literature, and Translation”

Title: “A Foil to the Hero: Antiheroic Characters in Language, Literature, and Translation” Date: 4 April 2024 Place: Roma Sapienza University Organising committee: Angelo Arminio, Giovanni Raffa Please write to: giovanni.raffa@uniroma1.it and angelo.arminio@uniroma1.it for full call for papers and deadlines Antiheroic characters have not only embodied a forceful element of rebellion against the status quo, but have also become one of the most prolific and ubiquitous character types in non-literary fiction, to the point of contributing to intertextual awareness (Bruun Vage 2016, p.184) as well as subversively twisting gender-based expectations (Hagelin & Silverman 2022, p. 203). From a linguistic point of view, the figure of the antihero, especially in contemporary texts, raises numerous questions when it comes to its linguistic conformation and its translation. Antiheroes can be recognised as such because of the character’s personality, actions, morality and life choices, but the construction of antiheroic identities also happens by linguistic means (Schubert 2017). Their duality can be made manifest with powerful lexical choices, statements, use of swearings or even the use of peculiar accents or dialects. In turn, these features require effort on the part of the translator, and as the translation process is “the most recognizable type of rewriting” (Lefevere 1992, p. 9), the transfer of antiheroic features can demand creative solutions. The students of the 36th cycle of the PhD Programme in English Literatures, Language and Translation at Sapienza University of Rome invite to engage in a meaningful discussion that revolves around the idea of the antihero in its various forms. Submission deadline for abstracts: 31st January 2024.

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“New Trends in English Studies: Evolving Paradigms”

Title: “New Trends in English Studies: Evolving Paradigms” Dates: 23-24 April 2024 Place: Enna “Kore” University Scientific and organising committee: Annalisa Bonomo, Vivian M. De La Cruz, Laura Diamanti, Fernanda Verçosa, Paola Clara Leotta, Giuseppina Di Gregorio Please submit your proposals (max 300 words, ref. excluded) to: ntesconf@gmail.com by 10 February 2024, and check the website (up from December 2023) https://ntesconf2024.wixsite.com/kore for full call for papers and other info. The epistemics of English Studies has evolved rapidly in the last few decades, shaped by social and cultural changes, and by advances in technology. This leads to new frameworks in Linguistics, Literature, and Cultural Studies, as well as in Translation Studies, “generating traffic across increasingly unstable disciplinary borders” (Knežević 2016: 153). In particular, they intersect with social, cultural, educational, and environmental issues, and address concerns about ethics and social justice, with regard to the environment, ethnicity, gender identity, education, diaspora, migration, identity navigation, inclusivity, multimodality, etc. In light of these considerations, this conference aims to offer, though in a tentative and non-exhaustive manner, a positive forum for a productive collective reflection on possible future(s) for the discipline. Topics may include, without being restricted to, the following: Translation Studies: Being in the Beyond; Critical and Positive Discourse Analysis; Identities and Cultures in Transition; University Language Centres; Literary Studies in English; Sociolinguistics and Language History; Multilingualism and World English(es); English for Specific Purposes and English for Education; Multimodality and Audiovisual Translation.

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“22nd International Conference on Communication, Medicine, and Ethics (COMET)”

Title: “22nd International Conference on Communication, Medicine, and Ethics (COMET)” Dates: 26-28 June 2024 Place: University of Brescia Local organising committee: Annalisa Zanola, Umberto Gelatti Please check: https://comet2024.unibs.it/ for full call for papers and deadlines The COMET conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds involving various healthcare specialties and the human and social sciences. A special emphasis is on the dissemination of ongoing research in language/discourse/communication studies in relation to healthcare education, patient participation and professional ethics. Title: “After Shock: New Perspectives in Literary Studies and Linguistics” Dates: 10-11 June 2024 Place: Roma Sapienza University Steering and organising committee: Hal Coase, Paolo D’Indinosante, Sophie Eyssette, Giulia Magro, Sara Riccetti, Joanna Ryszka Please check: https://aftershock2024.us.edu.pl/ for full call for papers and deadlines Doctoral students of the 37th cycle of the PhD programme of Studies in English Literatures, Language and Translation at Sapienza University of Rome and Silesia University at Katowice are launching a call for papers for the graduate forum conference: “After Shock: New Perspectives in Literary Studies and Linguistics”. In the face of ongoing disasters including the climate crisis, the pandemic, war in Europe and conflicts worldwide, as well as blatant manifestations of social injustice taking place on both a localised and a planetary scale, we might be prone to think that we have reached a capacity of response that is beyond shock, that we have become numb to events that affect us both directly and indirectly. Can literature continue to make felt and bring home the intolerability of everyday events that may otherwise pass without remark? Does our ‘response-ability’ depend on our being shocked, and how is such a response figured in language? Email: aftershock2024@us.edu.pl.

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