The Conference Critical Discourse and linguistic variation. Memory, discourse, literature (I) Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava, July 28th – 29th, 2017 The Seventh Edition

Included in the Centenary project (the Romanian Society during the Great War), the seventh edition of the DCVL conference, mainly dedicated to PhD students, opens a series of events dedicated to the 1918 Great Union and it is titled Memory, discourse, literature. Due to the magnitude of the theme, the organizers – the Faculty of Letters and Communication Sciences and the Faculty of History and Geography – intend to organize in 2018 the Jubilee edition, which will be attended, as every previous editions, by romanian and foreign specialists to lecture in the pleneary sessions.

Both editions aim to analyse the First World War (the war in general) and its consequences from a perspective less approached in the Romanian culture: the war and the Great Union as events reflected in the discourse, because we want to provide specialists in contemporary history and specialists in language sciences and literature to have a dialogue from a multidisciplinary perspective. The premise that lays at the base of this approach is derived from Foucault’s idea that reality is contained in the set of rational and fictional discourse that the speakers develop throughout their history.

On the other hand, discourse development involves memory as an important constituent source in the fields complementary to textuality and history. According to current theories, the historic context does not represent an external element, but a cognitive reality since the extralinguistic situation and the general knowledge on the world have an internal representation in the shape of memory elements. Therefore, a discourse is not developped in a limited textual space, but it is progressively built as intratextual memory that may, at any time, relate to a previous statement.

However, discourse is also supported by the memory of other discourses, that he is actually only the effect of a previous broader episode from the range of discourse interactions that occured between the participants. Thus, it is placed in the lineage of former discourse formations, entering into a tradition, while becoming itself a tradition. In this sense, through the texts sequence a interdiscursive memory can be accomplished[1] and three types of memory can be established[2] 1) a discourse memory, which consists of the knowledge and beliefs of the world and which forms the discursive communities, 2) a memory of the communication situations, which consists of the communication devices and conventions which forms the communication communities, 3) a forms’ memory which consists of the exposing manner and of the discursive style and which form the semiological community.

Furthermore, any type of discourse maintains a relationship with memory, some assertions being preserved, while others are not; language itself, as an activity, ensures its identity through specific methods of discoursive memory preservation.

Being foscused on the Romanian language and its situation from the last 100 years, on the Romanian literature as depositary of these events and on the historical facts evaluated in terms of witnesses and nowadays specialists, the 2017 DCVL aims at exploring some linguistic, historical and literary complex aspects, through an (inter) national research, that will lead to the opening of new research directions for the years to come.

Centered however on the Romanian language and its situation in the last 100 years, the Romanian literature as depositary of these events and the historical facts evaluated in terms of witnesses and nowadays specialists, the 2017 DCVL conference aims at exploring some aspects of language historical and literary complex through research (inter) national, will lead to opening new lines of investigation for years to come.

In this way, PhD students from our university, but also from other universities will have the opportunity to present and argue their own research results, they will meet with on the field professionals and will take the opportunity to discuss topics of their choice. As each of the previous editions, the best papers will be published in a volume or in a magazine with international recognition (Meridian critic www.meridiancritic.usv.ro), so as to ensure the dissemination and visibility of the research results.

The main themes of the conference will be those announced in the title:

  1. Literary language and national language. Language policy after World War I
  2. Text’s memory. History, discourse, mentality
  3. Historical perspectives on World War I
  4. Political, linguistic and literary mutations. Shifting frontiers
  5. Varia

The papers will be presented in: Romanian, French, English, Spanish, Italian, German.

The papers will be published in a prestigious publishing house or in a journal indexed in IDB.

Important dates:

  • May 31st, 2017 – title and abstract submission
  • June 18th, 2017 – confirmation messages of acceptance
  • July 9th, 2017 – submission of the final form of the article and proof of payment of the participation fee
  • July 28th and 29th, 2017 – Conference days Critical discourse and linguistic variation. Memory, discourse, literature (I)

The participation fee, will be paid until July 1st, 2017, into an account that will be communicated at a later date, includes: access to conference sessions, conference documents, attendance certificate, coffee breaks, publication in an ISBN volume or in an ISSN periodical.

– 250 lei (participation fee and publication in the conference volume)

– 100 euro or the equivalent in lei (publication in the conference volume, without participation).

Transport, accommodation and meals: The travel expenses, accommodation and meals will be covered by the participants.

[1] Sophie Moirand, « Discours, mémoires et contextes : à propos du fonctionnement de l’allusion dans la presse », Corela [En ligne], HS-6 | 2007, mis en ligne le 01 novembre 2007, consulté le 13 mars 2017. URL : http://corela.revues.org/1567 ; DOI : 10.4000/corela.1567

[2] P. Charaudeau, D. Maingueneau, Dictionnaire d’analyse du discours, 2002, Paris, Éditions du Seuil.