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International Conference «Food x Language: Adapting and representing food across media and genres in English and in Spanish/Lengua y comida: adaptaciones y representaciones de la comida a través de los medios de comunicación y de los géneros textuales en inglés y español»

International Conference «Food x Language: Adapting and representing food across media and genres in English and in Spanish/Lengua y comida: adaptaciones y representaciones de la comida a través de los medios de comunicación y de los géneros textuales en inglés y español» Venice, 17-18 October 2024 Sala B – Ca’ Bernardo – “Ca’ Foscari” University of Venice The Organising Committee is happy to present the International Conference on “Food x Language: adapting and representing food across media and genres in English and in Spanish” (“Lengua y comida: adaptaciones y representaciones de la comida a través de los medios de comunicación y de los géneros textuales en inglés y español”). The event will take place on 17th and 18th October 2024 in Ca’ Bernardo, one the buildings hosting the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Call for Papers *** Deadline Extension *** Food is an important means for human societies not only because it provides nutrition but also for its socializing function. The rituals accompanying its preparation and consumption have always favoured social bonding in any kind of human civilization. However, the participants in communication about food and the ways in which this form of communication happens vary according to several factors, which include gender and age of the participants as well as their role and status in society as well as the reciprocal relations they have with the other members of a specific group. Traditionally, communication about food has happened asynchronously through printed material, however, new technologies and – in recent years – social media have introduced a new element of interaction that has changed the way in which food and foodways are narrated and constantly remediated between individuals and social groups.   The two-day conference seeks to bring together scholars who conduct their research on food-related communication. The focus of the conference is communication involving English and Spanish, either alone or in a contrastive perspective. Particularly welcome are contributions that investigate the communicative strategies and dynamics through which cultural elements connected to food-related communication in these two languages and cultures are adapted using several media and genres through which food is narrated and represented. Socio-linguistic, socio-cultural, multimodal, and linguistic approaches are especially welcome.Therefore, we invite contributions addressing the main conference theme as well as relating to the following specific themes: Due to numerous requests, we have extended the deadline, so the new deadline is no longer June 30th but 20th July 2024. Proposals should be sent as email attachments in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. Abstracts should be in either English or Spanish and should be no longer than 300 words (references included). Prospective participants should also provide a short bio note (no longer than 100 words).Emails should be sent to food.language@unive.it – object of the email: “CONFERENCE FOOD X LANGUAGE/LENGUA Y COMIDA – ABSTRACT PROPOSAL”. Plenary speakers Committees Organising committee Scientific committee English component Spanish component Contacts food.language@unive.it

International Conference «Food x Language: Adapting and representing food across media and genres in English and in Spanish/Lengua y comida: adaptaciones y representaciones de la comida a través de los medios de comunicación y de los géneros textuales en inglés y español» Read More »

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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Laurea magistrale ad honorem in Lettere moderne ad Amitav Ghosh, Università di Siena (4 luglio 2024, ore 11)

Laurea magistrale ad honorem in Lettere moderne ad Amitav Ghosh, Università di Siena. Il 4 luglio, alle ore 11, al Palazzo del Rettorato, si terrà la cerimonia di conferimento della laurea magistrale ad honorem in Lettere moderne ad Amitav Ghosh, lo scrittore indiano anglofono più interessante e rappresentativo del nostro tempo. La cerimonia sarà aperta dai saluti del Rettore Roberto Di Pietra e del direttore del dipartimento di Filologia e critica delle letterature antiche e moderne, Pierluigi Pellini, cui seguirà la laudatio pronunciata dalla professoressa Elena Spandri, ordinaria di Letteratura inglese all’Università di Siena. Subito dopo, Amitav Ghosh terrà una lectio magistralis dal titolo “Intimations of Apocalypse: Catastrophist and Gradualist Imaginings of the Planetary Future”. “Siamo onorati e lieti di accogliere nella nostra comunità il professor Amitav Ghosh per il conferimento della laurea ad honorem in Lettere moderne – ha commentato il Rettore Roberto Di Pietra – e per questo ringrazio il Dipartimento di Filologia e Critica delle Letterature Antiche e Moderne (DFCLAM), Dipartimento di Eccellenza dal 2018, che ha fortemente sostenuto l’iniziativa. Ghosh è una delle voci più autorevoli della letteratura mondiale e le sue opere sono fondamentali per comprendere dinamiche storiche e culturali complesse con cui siamo e saremo sempre più chiamati a confrontarci. Il suo lavoro offre uno sguardo lucido su temi cruciali, dall’imperialismo alla decolonizzazione, dagli impatti del cambiamento climatico alle migrazioni. Tutti temi che sono di grande rilevanza per un’istituzione come la nostra impegnata nelle sfide della sostenibilità, dell’integrazione e dell’inclusione”.

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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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AIA Seminar Series: “Life after a PhD – Prospettive di Ricerca Post-Doc in Anglistica”

*****AIA FOR PhDs***** E’ online, sul nostro canale YouTube, il video dell’incontro informativo e di orientamento organizzato dall’Associazione Italiana di Anglistica (AIA) sulle prospettive di ricerca post-doc. Modera gli interventi: Massimiliano Demata (Università di Torino).Intervengono: Lucia Salto (Project Coordinator Career Development Facilitator and Career Tracking Expert, Università di Torino), Svetlana Dimitrova (Euraxess) e Angela Zottola (Università di Torino).

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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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