Language and Law in Social Practice—Caserta, Italy

The Centre for Research in Language and Law (RILL) of the Second University of Naples (Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli) Department of Law presents the 3rd International Conference on Language and Law in Social Practice May 15-17, 2014. It will be held at the Royal Palace of Caserta, National School of Public Administration (Scuola Superiore della Pubblica Amministrazione. The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to Nov. 15, 2013.

Drawing on some of the topics and discussions covered in the 2nd International Conference (10-11-12 May 2012), this third symposium seeks to expand on the relationship between law and language by exploring the role of legal discourse in a wide array of social/institutional settings, where it is an integral and constitutive part of the ‘social practices’ manifested in different languages, cultures and societies. The understanding of legal discourses and practices includes not only the legal rules, institutions, and processes constructed as part of social structures and systems, but also their impact on other diverse social categories and values where the agency of language-discourse is involved in various aspects of social life. This broad understanding provides the analytical framework for a socio-critical interpretation and application of legal discourse practices and procedures relevant to the forms that legal language assumes in a variety of social realities and contexts.

We . . . invite synchronic and diachronic proposals for papers and posters from diverse analytical perspectives including, but not necessarily limited to, any of the following areas of enquiry:
1. discourse and genre analyses, including ethnographic, web, or corpus-based analyses;
2. critical discourse analysis;
3. media and cultural studies;
4. conversation analysis;
5. multimodal and other non-linear approaches to discourse analysis;
6. forensic linguistics, including computational and multimodal analyses;
7. intercultural communication;
8. translation and interpreting, including lexicography/terminography;
9. argumentation/logic;
10. socio-legal and empirical legal studies.

Presentations will be in English.