Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Thursday, May 29 9:00am-10:30am Vallee-499

Primary Session Category: Media Studies
Session Code: MeSt2
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: As George Orwell pointed out over 60 years ago in Politics and the English Language, political speeches are oftentimes about “defending the indefensible.” In politics, difficult policy decisions invariably have to be made but it does not necessarily follow that the decisions made represent the correct and proper course of action. This session is meant to re-focus attention to this fact. What is the connection between language use and the social and political contexts in which it occurs? How do social actors use language to defend their position? What effect does language use have on marginalized groups? How are power relations created and re-created through language use? These are just some of the questions that this panel hopes to address. I am looking for papers that analyse talk and text from a variety of perspectives and using a variety of methodologies. Papers that focus on newspapers (or media in general), political speeches, blogs, editorials, etc. as well as other key genres is especially encouraged.

Session Organizer: James Baker, MUN, Sociology,

Chair: Stephen Halrold Riggins, Memorial University of Newfoundland


1.     Daniel Burnier  

‘Can’t you at least die with a little dignity?’ The Right to Die Debates and Normative Dignity

2.     James Baker   

 Narrative and Mythopoesis: Canadian Conservative Storytelling in the Age of Crimmigration


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