Call for papers: Across Borders Ten, Krosno, Poland, 23-25 September 2024

If a culture defines itself by reference to shared values and symbols, it does so primarily by contrast to the values and symbols shared by another culture, often a neighbouring one.  The neighbourhood of nations gives rise to numerous conflicts of interest, and the conflicting views are expressed in semiotic acts that involve contrast, dissent, opposition or hostility in relation to the neighbours. Many wars and
revolutions have been preceded by a semiotic construction of conflict and then represented through the language of conflict.

This conference aims to discuss the semiotics and pragmatics of conflict in various discourses of borders and neighbourhoods — geographical, political, religious, ethnic, linguistic, both real and imagined – expressed in widely understood texts of culture.  In recent years, in response to the growing role of infotainment in media and the rise of populism and fake news in the public sphere,  the discourse of conflict has adopted elements of amusement and entertainment.

The conference will be held under the auspices of the Rector of the State University of Applied Sciences in Krosno, Professor Zbigniew

We  invite interested scholars to submit 20-minute-long papers on the theme of conflict in language, communication, literature, translation, film, media, humour studies, folklore and related fields.

The language of the conference is English.

The conference will be held on site in Krosno, Poland.

Selected papers presented at the conference will be published.

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The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2024. Submissions form:

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On behalf of the Organizing Committee

Władysław Chłopicki

Jagiellonian University