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PALA Conference 2017


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PALA Conference 2017


Organizing Committee:

Eirini Panagiotidou, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Department of English
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Israel Sanz-Sánchez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics
Department of Languages and Cultures
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Special Interest Group - Crime

This SIG is aimed at PALA (as well as non-PALA) researchers who are interested in (re)presentations of crime in fiction and non-fiction, as well as crime and criminal justice system-related language. This can include crime fiction, police procedural fiction, crime news, language in the legal system amongst others.

All researchers interested in participating in this Special Interest Group are encouraged to contact Ilse Ras and Ulrike Tabbert, who are organising and developing this SIG.

This SIG aims to offer researchers interested in crime-related topics the opportunity to communicate current research and debate concepts and ideas. Current goals include organising Crime SIG panels at future PALA conferences, and a publication of an edited book.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • multimodality in crime reports and adaptations
  • pragmatics in crime narratives and criminal justice system reports
  • critical discourse analysis / critical stylistics of crime news
  • point of view and mind style in crime fiction

PALA LAND SIG Workshop: The Stylistics of landscape, place and environment

A workshop of the PALA LAND Special Interest Group ( on the stylistics of landscape, place and environment will be led by Ernestine Lahey (University College Roosevelt), Daniela Francesca Virdis (University of Cagliari) and Elisabetta Zurru (University of Genoa).

The first PALA LAND SIG was held at the PALA 2014 conference in Maribor. Following that successful event, participants are invited for a second workshop.

Its primary aim will be to survey current stylistic approaches to concepts of landscape, place and environment (and related concepts such as space, setting, cityscape, etc.). Secondary aims include developing stylistic practice in "place-based" stylistics (e.g. ecostylistics/ecopoetics, the stylistics of tourism, etc.) and facilitating an exchange of ideas between scholars with similar interests, with a view to future collaborative research efforts and publications.

Papers are invited on:

  • Ecostylistics/ecopoetics
  • Travel writing
  • Discourses of tourism
  • Figurative/metaphorical aspects of landscape and setting
  • Strategies in landscape description
  • Landscape, place and belonging (e.g. as in post-colonial literatures)
  • The landscapes/spaces/places of science and speculative fiction
  • Space, place, landscape in drama and performance
  • Representations of specific places (some examples from past PALA conferences include Sardinia, Interlaken, Birmingham, the Arctic)
  • The style of specific writers in their representations of landscapes, spaces and places
  • The landscapes/spaces/places of specific genres
  • Landscape/space/place description in specific works
  • Animals and their natural/non-natural environments
  • Human-animal interactions

This list is suggestive rather than exhaustive and other concerns and approaches which fit into the broad aims of the SIG would be most welcome.

While papers from non-PALA members are welcome, in keeping with the aims of the SIG, all papers should fit within the discipline of stylistics (i.e. there must be some textual analysis and/or engagement with stylistic theory).

We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations (followed by 10 minutes for discussion). Please send an abstract of between 150 to 250 words (excluding references and keywords) to ALL of the following email addresses:, and

Abstracts should contain at least the following structural elements: (a) a title, (b) your full name, academic position, academic affiliation, email address, postal address, (c) a list of keywords (max. 5), (d) a list of key references (max. 5).

The deadline for the SIG workshop abstracts is the same as for the PALA 2017 conference, i.e. 31 January 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 15 February 2017.

PALA 2017 Panel: "African and Diasporic Literatures"

Stylistics and the study of African/diasporic literatures are both established fields of research, but interactions between these areas are still relatively limited – notable exceptions are edited collections such as Edmund L. Epstein and Robert Kole's The Language of African Literature (1998), and J.K.S. Makokha et al.'s Style in African Literature (2012). Strikingly, most stylistic studies of African and diasporic literatures have been conducted by literary scholars, and hardly any of these works have found their way into international stylistics journals such as Language and Literature, Style, or the Journal of Literary Semantics. As a result, no sustained methodological cross-fertilization between African and diasporic literary studies on the one hand, and "mainstream" contemporary stylistics on the other, has ever really taken place.

This panel seeks to encourage precisely such mutual disciplinary enrichment by inviting contributions that explore African and diasporic literatures from a stylistic perspective. The term "diasporic" as it is used here is understood to be inclusive of both the "old" diaspora (which refers to the descendants of people who were displaced as a consequence of the transatlantic slave trade) and the "new" diaspora (a category that broadly encompasses those who were born on the continent but left it either as children or as young adults).

We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations (followed by 10 minutes for discussion). Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words (excluding references and keywords) to M'Balia Thomas and Daria Tunca by 31 January 2017.

Abstracts should contain at least the following structural elements: (a) a title, (b) your full name, academic affiliation, email address (c) a list of keywords (max. 5), (d) a list of key references (max. 5).