Héritages et Constructions dans le Texte et l'Image


International Conference Call for Papers





April 4-5 2019

UFR Lettres et Sciences Humaines

Université de Bretagne Occidentale

Brest, France.


Keynote speakers


Professor Steven Clayman, Uinversity of California Los Angeles, USA.

Professor Mats Ekstrom, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Emeritus Professor Martin Montgomery, University of Macao, China.

Associate Professor Marianna Patrona, Hellenic Military Academy, Athens, Greece.


THIS CONFERENCE will explore the relationship between journalists, politicians and the public from a discourse analytic perspective. The relationships between politicians and the public, journalists and the public, as well as between journalists and politicians, is currently considered to be in a state of crisis (Ekstrom and Firmstone 2017). Populist discourses are challenging the norms and  conventions of interactions within media institutions between journalists and politicians, while those institutions themselves are increasingly adopting what have been termed discourses of media populism (Mazzoleni 2008, Kramer 2014). According to Moffitt and Tourmin, the media have contributed to an increasing “stylization” and “simplification of political discourse” (2014: 387).


However, mediated interactions between politicians and journalists continue to play a central role in how most citizens access, perceive and develop understandings of the issues at stake in election campaigns. At the same time, social media provide powerful alternative platforms for the dissemination of political messages (Montgomery 2017), as well as being integrated into traditional journalistic reporting practices. News discourse itself can thus be regarded as in crisis, as the ‘fake’ news phenomenon, and forms of political discourse referred to variously as ‘post-truth’, ‘post-reality’ and ‘post-factual’, circulate outside the traditional gate-keeping parameters of media institutions.


In the light of the up-coming European Parliament elections in May 2019, as well as the recent election campaigns in Europe and the US, we welcome contributions that adopt a linguistic/pragmatic/discourse analytic perspective to the language of political campaigning. Our aim is to develop a more qualitative approach to the research agenda within mediated political communication, based on methods of discourse analysis, in contrast to most of the research in this domain which tends to be predominantly quantitative. We therefore invite papers that focus on:


§  the mediated production of news through discourses that are activity/genre-based (political interviews, political performances, contemporary rhetorics of politics, etc.)

§  the medatization of politics through multi-modal analyses of text and image and situated context; or,

§  more theoretical discussions of contrastive/mixed methodologies drawing on qualitative and quantitative perspectives and analysis.



Ekström, M. and Firmstone, J. (2017) The Mediated Politics of Europe ; A Comparative Study

of Discourse. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan.


Krämer, B. (2014) Media populism: A conceptual clarification and some theses on its

Effects. Communication Theory 24: 42-60


Mazzoleni, G. (2008) Populism and the media. In: Albertazzi D, & McDonnel D (eds.),

Twenty-first century populism. The spectre of Western European democracy. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan. Pp 49–64.


Montgomery, M. (2017) Post-truth Politics? Authenticity, populism and the electoral discourses of Donald Trump. Journal of Language and Politics 16 (4) : 619-639.



Submitting a paper


Papers are invited (in English) and should include an abstract (400 words maximum), with your name and academic affiliation clearly indicated.  They should be submitted to: emmanuelle.bourge@univ-brest.fr


Deadline: 15 February 2019.


Presentation length : 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions.


Publication of selected papers will be considered for a special issue in a relevant peer-reviewed journal.


For further information please contact joanna.thornborrow@univ-brest.fr.


The conference is supported by the research group HCTI, the UBO Visiting Professor Programme, the UFR Lettres et Sciences Humaines; and the Conseil Général/Région Brest Métropole Océane