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Personal Identity Through a Language Lens

12 – 13 May 2017



The aim of the 4th edition of PILL conference is to bring together scholars of varied disciplines to explore the issue from a range of perspectives. By applying a variety of analytical tools and concepts, contributors will hopefully show how people construct images of themselves through language, how they shape, perform and re-shape their personal identities within and across local and dominant discourses and finally how language resources are selected and used to perform desirable versions of identities.

The focal topic of the 4th edition of PILL is ‘Identities in communities’ still other topics may be considered. We welcome papers dealing with, but not being limited to, issues such as the following:

Theorizing identity construction and identification processes from a variety of perspectives
a. Identities as discursive-performative, multiple, fragmented, constructed, negotiated and narrated etc

Language and personal identity
a. Linguistic processes in creation of identity
b. Linguistic strategies in identity performance
c. Indexicality and identity
d. Categorization and personal identity
e. Identity and bilingualism
f. Identity and foreign language learning/teaching
g. Identity and belonging

Discourse and identity
a. Discourse strategies of identity construction
b. Positioning theory and identity
c. Conversational settings and personal identity performance
d. Communication and public management of self
e. Narratives in identity construction and performance

Identity and cognition
a. Time, space and identity maintenance
b. Memory and identity
c. Conceptualization of self and the other
d. Cognitive models of self

Identity and selfhood
a. Essential core self
b. Dialogical self
c. Polyphonous self
d. Self and person

Identity at the crossroads with its disciplinary neighbours
a. (literary theory, sociology, linguistics, discourse studies, anthropology, communication studies, philosophy, etc.)

The following keynote speakers have been invited
- Michael Bamberg (Clark University, USA)
- Aniela Korzeniowska (University of Warsaw, Poland)
- Joanna Pawelczyk (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland)

The regular conference fee is €100 (400PLN for Polish residents) and reduced €80 (320PLN) for PhD students. This includes:
- Conference registration
- Conference materials
- Booklet of abstracts
- Coffee breaks with coffee, tea, juice and biscuits

The conference will be held at the University of Lodz, Faculty of Philology, Pomorska 171/173.

300 word abstracts should be submitted by March 03, 2017. Abstracts can only be submitted by e-mail: venture@uni.lodz.pl

The authors will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of the paper by March 10, 2017.

Subsequently, the authors will be asked to register

You can also contact the conference chairs at: venture@uni.lodz.pl

The length of the presentation will be limited to 20 minutes with a 10 minute discussion following each presentation.

The language of the Conference is English. Selected conference papers will be eligible (subject to conditions) for publication with an international publisher.

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