CFP Migration Discourses across Languages, Societies and Discourse Communities


Migration Discourses across Languages, Societies and Discourse Communities

part of CADAAD 2016 at the University of Catania, 5-7 September 2016.

While in the last two decades public and political discourses about migration have been studied within a range of countries and languages, only a small amount of research has been concerned with comparing and contrasting migration discourses across languages, societies and discourse communities. The panel invites such comparative and contrastive approaches to migration discourses with the aim of carving out their potential to reveal common threads of migration discourses as well as those that are determined by specific historical, political and social contexts. In so doing, we may be able to track the similarities and shared frames of migration discourses across contexts.

We invite comparative studies of migration discourses based on a range of text types, languages and discourse communities including, but not limited to the following:
– Newspaper discourse across languages
– Social media discourse across languages/discourse communities
– Political discourse across parties, languages or discourse communities
– Inter- or intralingual comparison of the discourses of different stakeholder communities

We welcome papers coming from a variety of theoretical and methodological angles, including but not limited to:
– Corpus assisted discourse approaches
– Discourse historical approaches
– Cognitive approaches
– Argumentation
– Media Communication Studies
– Multimodal Discourse Analysis
– Discourse Psychology
– Pragmatics
– Sociolinguistics

Please send an abstract of 300 words (excluding references) attached to an email to Charlotte Taylor ( or Melani Schröter ( The abstract should be anonymised, but please include in your email your name, institutional affiliation and preferred email address for correspondence with the panel organisers.
Submissions need to be received by 30 November.

Please see for information about the conference. For more information about the planned panel, please contact Charlotte Taylor ( or Melani Schröter (