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Cfp: (Im)politeness on the Small Screen (Thursday 5 – Friday 6 December, 2024, University of Naples L’Orientale)

CALL FOR PAPERS: (Im)politeness on the Small ScreenThursday 5 – Friday 6 December, 2024University of Naples L’Orientale (Im)politeness is a core interpersonal function of language, deeply linked to sociocultural values, and fundamental for meaning and context interpretation. The Conference aims to analyse facework practices and (im)politeness strategies in tv series, considering a variety of sources (drama, comedy, docu-series, talk shows, sitcoms, animated series, etc.). By welcoming different approaches, including pragmatics, stylistics, argumentation, multimodality, and characterisation, the conference offers a space for interdisciplinary exchange. We invite proposals for 20-minute papers (in Italian or English) on a wide range of topics related to (im)politeness in televisual discourse. The main topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:● (Im)politeness in televised representation;● (Im)politeness as fictional characterisation in tv series;● Mock-politeness, humour, sarcasm, banter;● Multimodal approaches to (im)polite non-verbal language;● Rhetoric in inter-character dynamics;● Stylistics and narration in tv series;● Persuasive discourse;● Taboo language;● Audio-visual translation and (Im)politeness Theory;● Further methodological approaches to audience perception and involvement. We welcome contributions from scholars across a variety of disciplines, including: linguistic and literary pragmatics, stylistics, argumentation, multimodality, media studies, and sociolinguistics. The Conference will also encourage further critical insights on the role of online streaming platforms (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Paramount+, Hulu, etc.) in language use. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and sent as email attachments in .doc or .docx format to c.ghezzi@unior.it and r.esposito12@unior.it by 21/06/2024. 21/07/2024 Proposals should include:– full name;–  academic position;– affiliation;– email address;–  keywords (5 max.)–  references (5 max.) Notice of acceptance will be sent by 31/07/2024.Following the Conference, authors will be invited to publish their papers in a collection of essays. Organising and Scientific CommitteeChiara Ghezzi (University of Naples L’Orientale) Roberto Esposito (University of Naples L’Orientale) Selected bibliographyAttardo, Salvatore. 2017. “Humour and Pragmatics”. In The Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor, edited by S. Attardo, 174-188. New York: Routledge.Brown, Penelope, and Stephen C. Levinson. 1987. Politeness: Some Universals in Language Usage. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.Culpeper, Jonathan. 1996. “Towards an Anatomy of Impoliteness”. Journal of Pragmatics25(3):349–67.Culpeper, Jonathan. 2001. Language and Characterisation: People in Plays and Other Texts.Harlow England, New York: Longman.Culpeper, Jonathan. 2011. Impoliteness: Using Language to Cause Offence. Cambridge University Press.Culpeper, Jonathan, Michael Haugh, and Daniel Z. Kádár. (Eds.) 2017. The Palgrave Handbook of (Im)politeness. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.Culpeper, Jonathan. 2019. “Taboo language and impoliteness”. In Oxford Handbook of TabooWords and Language, edited by K. Allan, 28-40. New York: Oxford University Press.Desilla, Louisa. 2019. “Pragmatics and Audiovisual Translation”. In The Routledge Handbook of Audiovisual Translation, edited by L. Pérez-González, 242-259. Oxon: Routledge.Dynel, Marta. 2016. “Conceptualizing Conversational Humour as (Im)Politeness: The Case of Film Talk”. Journal of Politeness Research 12 (1): 117–47.Hoffman, Christian, and Monica Kirner-Ludwig. (Eds.) 2008. Telecinematic Stylistics. London: Bloomsbury.Jacobs, Jason, and Steven Peacock. (Eds.) 2013. Television Aesthetics and Style. London: Bloomsbury.Kádár, Dániel Z., and Michael Haugh. 2013. Understanding Politeness. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Kress, Gunther, and Theo van Leeuwen. 2006. Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design. Second Edition. London: Routledge.Locher, Miriam A., and Andreas H. Jucker. (Eds.) 2017. Pragmatics of Fiction. Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter.Nørgaard, Nina. 2010. “Multimodal Stylistics: the Happy Marriage of Stylistics and Semiotics”. In Semiotics: Theory and Applications, edited by S. C. Hamel, 255-260. Nova Science Publishers.Perelman, Chaim, and Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca. 1973. The New Rhetoric. A Treatise on Argumentation. Notre Dame; London: University of Notre Dame Press.Shardakova, Maria. “Politeness, Teasing and Humour”. 2017. In The Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor, edited by S. Attardo, 219-233. New York: Routledge.Simpson, Paul, and Derek Bousefield. 2017. “Humour and Stylistics”. In The Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor, edited by S. Attardo, 158-173. New York: Routledge.Sorlin, Sandrine. (ed.) 2019. Stylistic Manipulation of the Reader in Contemporary Fiction. London: Bloomsbury.Talebzadeh, Hossenin, and Marzieh Khazraie. 2023. ““You can f*** get lost already”: (Responding to) impoliteness in the (in-)authentic discourse of comedy and crime TV series and movies”. Journal of Politeness Research 19 (2): 485-520.van Eemeren, Frans H., and Peter Houtlosser. 2005. Argumentation in Practice. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company

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CfP: International Conference “Shifting Boundaries: AI and Human Interactions Redefining Reality (SHAI)” (06-08 November 2024, Palazzo Du Mesnil, Sala Conferenze, Via Chiatamone 61/62, Napoli)

CALL FOR PAPERS International Conference Shifting Boundaries: AI and Human Interactions Redefining Reality (SHAI) 06-08 November 2024 Palazzo Du Mesnil, Sala Conferenze Via Chiatamone 61/62 Napoli, Italy The conference aims to delve into the profound impact of Artificial Intelligence – including chatbots, virtual assistants, and advanced technologies associated with machine learning and deep learning – on human interactions and reality perception. In an era where digital tools have become integral to communication, our understanding of the relationship between individuals and intelligent machines has evolved significantly. This conference seeks to explore how the advent of advanced digital technologies is reshaping our daily interactions, social contexts, and perception of reality, leading to the construction of alternative yet believable new realities. The scholarly attention towards digital tools in the realm of communication has a longstanding history. As early as the late 1990s and early 2000s, academics such as Susan Herring (1996) and David Crystal (2011) had begun to anticipate the transformative impact of these technologies on the dynamics of human interactions. Recent studies have investigated metaverse and augmented reality experiences, particularly within video games utilizing AI to create immersive environments fraught with bias and discrimination (Heritage 2021). Furthermore, advancements such as ChatGPT-4 have raised concerns about the manipulation of public opinion through artificially generated content, leading to emotionally charged online discussions (Ahmad 2023; Montasari 2024). One example is the massive diffusion of fake news and deepfakes produced with AI (Mongibello 2023) during presidential campaigns (Vaccari and Chadwick 2020). Despite these challenges, AI technologies have also proven to be invaluable in fields such as language teaching (Bibauw et al. 2020) and scientific research, offering new avenues for real-time interactions and data analysis (Curry et al. 2024; Zappavigna 2023). Through an interdisciplinary approach, the conference aims to investigate the multifaceted implications of interactions between artificial intelligence and human users. Special emphasis will be placed on the linguistic and discursive dimensions of these interactions, exploring the role of language in mediating between individuals and AI, and addressing issues of bias and discrimination in AI systems employed in video games, chatbots, virtual assistants etc. We invite submissions that contribute to the critical debate surrounding the complexities of the relationship between artificial intelligence, language, and society, to foster a deeper understanding of the evolving landscape of AI and human interactions. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to: • Language, Discourse, and AI Interaction • Gender and Diversity in AI Applications • Ethical Considerations and Bias in AI Systems • AI in Virtual Worlds • Education and training in the era of AI • Human-Centred AI Design • AI in Scientific Research • AI in Creative Industries and Cultural Production • Diversity and Inclusion in AI The conference will be in person only. The language of the conference is English.   References Ahmad, S.F., Han, H., Alam, M.M. et al. (2023), “Impact of artificial intelligence on human loss in decision making, laziness and safety in education”, Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication, 10, 311; Bibauw, S., Van den Noortgate, W., Francois, F., & Desmet, P. (2022), “Dialogue systems for language learning: A meta-analysis”, Language Learning & Technology, 26(1), 1-24. Crystal, D. (2011), Internet Linguistics: A Student Guide, London: Routledge. Curry N., Baker P., Brookes G., (2024), “Generative AI for corpus approaches to discourse studies: A critical evaluation of ChatGPT”, Applied Corpus Linguistics, 4.1. Heritage, F. (2021). Language, Gender, and Videogames: Using Corpora to Analyze the Representation of Gender in Videogames, London: Palgrave Macmillan Herring, S. C. (ed.). (1996). Computer-mediated communication: Linguistic, social and cross-cultural perspectives, Amsterdam: Benjamins Mongibello, A. (2023). “How Political Deepfakes Shape Reality: A Visual Framing Analysis”, Textus, English Studies in Italy, 1/2023, pp. 91-112 Montasari, R. (2024). “The Dual Role of Artificial Intelligence in Online Disinformation: A Critical Analysis. In: Cyberspace, Cyberterrorism and the International Security in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”, Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-50454-9_11 Vaccari C, Chadwick A (2020), “Deepfakes and disinformation: exploring the impact of synthetic political video on deception, uncertainty, and trust in news”, Social Media Soc 6(1) Zappavigna, M., 2023. “Hack your corpus analysis: how AI can assist corpus linguists deal with messy social media data”, Applied Corpus Linguistics, 3 (3).   Submission Guidelines: We invite proposals on any topic relevant to the conference theme. Submissions are limited to one abstract per person. Each talk selected for presentation will be allotted 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Abstracts have to be written in English and should not exceed 350 words excluding references. Proposals should include: title of the talk, name of author and affiliation, email address, a short bio-bibliographical sketch (max 100 words) and up to five keywords. All submissions will undergo a peer-review process. Abstracts can be sent to shaiconference.unior@gmail.com. The deadline for submitting an abstract is July 15, 2024. For more information and updates, please send an email to shaiconference.unior@gmail.com or visit our website. If you want to know more about the University of Napoli “L’Orientale” please visit: https://www.unior.it/it   Important Dates: Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 July 2024 Notification of Acceptance: 09 September 2024 Conference Dates: 06-08 November 2024   Conference convenor: Anna Mongibello (Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”) – amongibello@unior.it   Scientific Committee Giuseppe Balirano, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale” Serge Bibauw, University of Louvain (Belgium) Paolo Frascà, University of Toronto, Toronto, (Canada) Adriano Ferraresi, Università di Bologna, Campus Forlì Frazer Heritage, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) Francesca Raffi, Università di Macerata Katherine Russo, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”   Organizing Committee Serena Cecchini, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale” Valentina De Brasi, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale” Giada Ciervo, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale” Beatrice Moretti, Università di Macerata Daniele Polizzi, Università di Bologna   Venue: University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Palazzo du Mesnil, via Chiatamone 61/62 – Napoli, Italy

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Shakespeare Summer School Programme – Transforming Shakespeare “into something rich and strange”: The Tempest and its rewritings & adaptations (24-28 June 2024, Sardinia, Italy)

Shakespeare Summer School ProgrammeTransforming Shakespeare “into something rich and strange”: The Tempest and its rewritings & adaptations24-28 June 2024, Sardinia, Italy Host University: University of Cagliari, Via Università, 40 https://www.unica.it/it; AssocProf Maria Grazia Dongu, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Italy dongu@unica.it “This is a timely and very welcome summer school, which by focussing on The Tempest allows us to reflect on the uniqueness of the island trope — both in the text and, as it were, in the location. The range of scholars participating in the summer school is impressive; I am also struck by the fact that, rather than being offered as a series of lectures, as sometimes happens, this summer school is attentively built around activities and exercises that put the students at the centre, and drive them to elaborate their own reflections on the topic. I cannot but applaud this initiative.” (Alessandra Petrina, University of Padova) Summer School programme Sardinia_The Tempest

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE — Pandemic Remedies across History. The Cultural and Discursive Representation of Pandemic Remedies Between the XVI and the XX Centuries (18-19 June 2024 – Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici)

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE — Pandemic Remedies across History. The Cultural and Discursive Representation of Pandemic Remedies Between the XVI and the XX Centuries. 18-19 June 2024 Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici   Keynote speakers/Conférences plénières: Massimiliano DEMATA, Università di Torino Claudio GRIMALDI, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Parthenope” Véronique MONTAGNE, Université Côte d’Azur Irma TAAVITSAINEN, University of Helsinki Girolamo TESSUTO, Università di Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’ Federica VEZZANI, Università di Padova The conference is organized as part of the FIRD project “Il rimedio tra divulgazione scientifica e fake news in Francia e in Inghilterra nel XVI e nel XX secolo”, which is financed by the Department of Humanities at the University of Ferrara.

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“Counsellors and Counselled. The Advice to Princes Tradition between the Hundred Years’ War and the British Interregnum”, University of Padua, 12-13 September 2024

Counsellors and Counselled. The Advice to Princes Tradition between the Hundred Years’ War and the British Interregnum. University of Padua, 12-13 September 2024http://appuntamenti.disll.unipd.it/counsellors-and-counselled/

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Le Disobbedienti (Università di Chieti-Pescara, 13 e 14 giugno 2024)

LE DISOBBEDIENTI I giorni 13 e 14 giugno 2024 si terrà presso l’Università di Chieti-Pescara il convegno internazionale “Le disobbedienti” dedicato alle forme di disobbedienza, resistenza e autoaffermazione femminile sia sul piano letterario che filosofico. Il convegno, coorganizzato da Mariaconcetta Costantini, ha carattere interdisciplinare e vedrà la partecipazione di studiose e studiosi provenienti dall’Italia e dall’estero.

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International conference “Remembering the Past, Inventing the Future: Italian American Artists and Writers between Nostalgia and Dream” (CUSIAC)

The international conference titled Remembering the Past, Inventing the Future: Italian American Artists and Writers between Nostalgia and Dream, organized by Professor Francesca D’Alfonso, Director of the University Center for Italian American and Canadian Studies (CUSIAC), aims to explore how Italian American artists and writers have imaginatively manifested their bond with their roots. In its complex and varied manifestation, this phenomenon implies a discourse that must be considered both in terms of socio-historical roots and – for those born in the United States – through an identity forged by behavioral codes, linguistic traces and folk tales understood as part of familial context and ethnic-regional tradition. Although the critique of Italian American literature is a terrain that has already been widely explored, it must be said that there is still significant space for further exploration of the phenomenon, especially when analyzed from a culturological perspective.  In this respect, the conference aims to highlight how, in recent years, research is uncovering and rediscovering personalities, hidden narratives and less well-known, if not completely forgotten, aspects of the Italian American literary and artistic tradition. At the center of the conference promoted by CUSIAC are innovative and stimulating readings, analyses and methods that, from a variety of perspectives, will address the paradigms of nostalgia and dream as declined by writers, poets, painters, and musicians from the American continent (United States, Canada, Latin America) profoundly connected to Italy.

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3rd International ELT Conference “New Trends in English Language Teaching, Learning and Education” (University of Ferrara 19-20 September 2024)

3rd International ELT Conference New Trends in English Language Teaching, Learning and Education University of Ferrara 19-20 September 2024   The 3rd International ELT Conference “New Trends in English Language Teaching, Learning and Education” will be held at the University of Ferrara on 19- 20 September 2024. The event follows the international debate launched by the first and second editions of the Conference hosted in 2022 by the University of Naples “L’Orientale” at its Procida Summer School, and in 2023 by the “G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti- Pescara. The 3rd International ELT Conference aims to foster ongoing debates on the challenges of language teaching, language learning, and special needs education. The conference intends to develop critical discussion along two main axes: firstly, the post-pandemic scenario, which challenges traditional in-person learning environments; secondly, the importance of addressing special needs education in language learning. Digital technologies, AI, and student engagement  tools  have been reshaping rapport in the classroom, and the demand for distance learning and fully online language learning (OLL) has been growing exponentially, especially in higher education and continuing education settings. ELT professionals are faced with an increasing demand for flexibility, and have had to adapt lesson planning, target language selection, presentation and practice tasks, correction techniques, and assessment. This scenario proves even more challenging in the context of special needs education and the need for ELT professionals to receive dedicated training. Against the backdrop of such a demanding scenario, the conference wishes to provide an international forum for ELT educators and scholars to discuss current challenges, share their innovative educational and teaching experiences, and further reflect on special needs education, digital technologies and their relevance for teachers and learners. All abstract submissions will be peer-reviewed and evaluated based on originality, technical and/or research depth, accuracy and relevance to the conference theme and topics. Keynote Speakers Elena Di Giovanni, University of Macerata Franca Poppi, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Elena Refraschini, EFL Teacher and Owner of “Inglese Americano” Heath Rose, University of Oxford   Possible themes and topics for papers include, but are not limited to: special needs education teaching methods, approaches, and teacher beliefs in the post-Covid scenario new technologies for online, blended, and hybrid learning environments  e-learning methods and the use of digital content  the Companion volume and distance/digital learning and teaching varieties of the English language, including ESP social media, smartphones and apps in ELT and ELL online assessment digital content for test prep courses and certifications e-tutoring and virtual LMS (Learning Management Systems) educational multimedia, animation, 3D applications corpus linguistics and ELT Abstracts    (of    about     200    words)    and     a     short     bio     should     be     sent to: 3rdeltconference@unife.it Conference Dates: Abstract submission deadline: 30 June 2024 Notification of acceptance: 5 July 2024 Registration deadline: 25 July 2024 Conference dates: 19-20 September 2024 Fees for Full Conference participation: 122 € (Fees include registration costs, lunches, and coffee breaks. Travel and accommodation are not included) Scientific Committee: Anna Anselmo, Giuseppe Balirano, Marco Canani, Richard Chapman, Dario Del Fante, Maria De Santo, Maria Luigia Di Nisio, Eleonora Federici, Giuseppina Scotto di Carlo, Tamara Zappaterra, Tania Zulli. Organising Committee: Anna Anselmo, Richard Chapman, Dario Del Fante, Eleonora Federici, Valentina di Francesco, Ilaria Iori, Tamara Zappaterra.

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“After Shock: New Perspectives in Literary Studies and Linguistics” (Sapienza University of Rome, 10th & 11th June 2024)

“After Shock: New Perspectives in Literary Studies and Linguistics” Sapienza University of Rome, 10th & 11th June 2024   Email address: aftershock2024@us.edu.pl Website: https://aftershock2024.us.edu.pl

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Alessandro Serpieri Lecture: Thursday 23 May at 11 am

Alessandro Serpieri Lecture Thursday 23 May at 11 am Emma Smith (Hertford College, Oxford) will hold the second Alessandro Serpieri Lecture on Thursday 23 May at 11 am (Italian time) in Biblioteca Frinzi (Verona) and on Zoom. The lecture is organised by Silvia Bigliazzi, Fernando Cioni, and Rocco Coronato. Prof. Smith’s lecture is entitled “Who Wrote Pericles? Shakespeare and Authorship in the 21st Century” and will be preceded by a conversation (with Silvia Bigliazzi and Emanuel Stelzer) on her book Portable Magic. For attendance via Zoom write to: skene@ateneo.univr.it

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