CfP: “Im/politeness on the Big Screen”, 1st December 2023, University of Naples “L’Orientale”
Call For Papers
Im/politeness on the Big Screen
Friday 1st December 2023, University of Naples L’Orientale
Im/politeness is an integral part of the language, aesthetic value and cultural significance of cinema. The conference seeks to analyse the languages of im/politeness in a variety of cinematic texts (shorts, featurettes and feature films). Pragmatics, stylistics, multimodal analysis, characterization, and conversation analysis are particularly relevant for investigating im/politeness as conversational behaviour in cinematic discourse. With a focus on areas such as banter, mock-politeness, irony, humour, and related phenomena, the conference will explore the interconnections between these linguistic and social practices across cinematic texts.
We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers (in Italian or English) on a broad range of topics related to im/politeness in cinematic discourse. While we encourage submissions on the following themes, we also welcome related contributions:
- Im/politeness and characterization in cinema;
- Innovative approaches to analysing linguistic and multimodal im/politeness;
- Banter, pseudo/mock-politeness and similar phenomena (irony, humour, etc.);
- Impoliteness and storytelling in cinema;
- Further methodological considerations regarding analysis of film dialogues;
- Taboo language;
- Audio-visual translation and Im/politeness Theory.
Overall, this conference aims to provide a platform for interdisciplinary discussion on im/politeness strategies in cinema. We welcome contributions from scholars across various disciplines, including, among others: linguistic pragmatics, stylistics, film and media studies, and sociolinguistics.
Abstracts (250 words max.) should be sent as email attachments in .doc or .docx format to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by 16/06/2023.
Abstracts should include:
➔ full name;
➔ academic position;
➔ contact information (email);
➔ up to 5 keywords;
➔ up to 5 key references.
Notice of acceptance will be sent by 31/07/2023.
A selection of papers will be proposed for publication in a collection of essays.
Organising and Scientific Committee
Aoife Beville (University of Naples L’Orientale)
Emma Pasquali (eCampus University)
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