Discourse as social practice plays a vital role in interpersonal, intergroup and even international communication and interaction. In fact, the existence and progress of human society cannot go without discourse, from meaning making and identity shaping to social life management and national image construction. Recent years have witnessed a growing awareness of the necessity and feasibility of a ‘marriage’ between discourse studies and pragmatics, resulting in a lot of research devoted to exploring, from various perspectives, the theoretical significance and practical value of discourse pragmatics as a discipline. Although discourse pragmatics has been developing rapidly, there are still various fundamental questions that remain to be answered. Against this background, the First International Conference on Discourse Pragmatics will take place in October 2022. This conference will be hosted by Zhejiang International Studies University located in Hangzhou, China, organized by the School of English Studies and the Institute of Discourse Pragmatics, and co-organized by Journal of Zhejiang International Studies University, Springer and John Benjamins. We are looking forward to your participation in this great event.
Zhejiang International Studies University
School of English Studies, Zhejiang International Studies University
Institute of Discourse Pragmatics, Zhejiang International Studies University
Journal of Zhejiang International Studies University
Date and venue
Date: 21-23 October 2022
Venue: Hangzhou + Tencent/VooV Meeting (online)
Note: International participants will attend the conference online and there will be no registration fees for online participants.
Discourse Pragmatics and Communication
Conference topics (include but are not limited to)
1. Theorizing discourse pragmatics
2. Discourse pragmatics: Methodology
3. Discourse pragmatics and interpersonal/institutional/intercultural interaction
4. Discourse pragmatics and (im)politeness
5. Discourse pragmatics and social media
6. Discourse pragmatics and syntax
7. Discourse pragmatics and translation/interpreting
8. Discourse pragmatics and language teaching/learning
9. Discourse pragmatics and cognition
10. Discourse pragmatics and literature
11. Discourse pragmatics and philosophy
Pilar G. Blitvich (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
FENG Zongxin (Tsinghua University)
Anita Fetzer (University of Augsburg)
Helmut Gruber (University of Vienna)
Michael Haugh (University of Queensland)
HONG Gang (Zhejiang International Studies University)
HUANG Guowen (South China Agricultural University)
Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York at Albany)
MIAO Xingwei (Beijing Normal University)
Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen (University of Helsinki)
Elda Weizman (Bar Ilan University)
XIA Dengshan (Beijing Foreign Studies University)
Submission of abstracts
1. All abstracts should be prepared in English.
2. Colleagues interested in organizing themed panels are invited to submit proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by 25 July 2022. A list of selected panels will be announced by 30 July 2022.
3. Panel contributions (min. 250 and max. 500 words) can only be submitted after panel proposals will have been accepted (from 30 July 2022 to 30 August 2022).
4. Abstracts for lectures (min. 250 and max. 500 words) should be submitted to email@example.com before 24:00 (Beijing time), 30 August 2022.
5. You are requested to submit your abstract as an MS Word document, with the file name being “name + paper title.” You are also requested to enclose, on a separate page, all authors’ names, affiliations, professional titles, email addresses, etc.
6. No one can be considered for more than one contribution of which he or she is the first author (whether panel contributions or lectures). Anyone may be involved in a second or even a third paper if someone else is the first author and will be present at the conference as well.
Notification of acceptance of abstracts
10 September 2022
Selection of best papers by PhD candidates
Doctoral students are encouraged to submit unpublished full-text papers related to discourse pragmatics for the competition of best papers. The number of best papers will be limited to four or five. Three winners will be able to select a book (in either print or e-copy) from the series Advances in (Im)politeness Studies (Springer) and the remaining one or two will receive a complimentary private e-subscription to the journal Internet Pragmatics (John Benjamins) for a year.