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Comparativism, Identity, Communication

Call for Papers

Theme: Comparativism, Identity, Communication
Type: 12th International Conference (CIC2019)
Institution: Faculty of Letters, University of Craiova
  Society of Philological Sciences
Location: Craiova (Romania)
Date: 11.–12.10.2019
Deadline: 15.9.2019

By bringing the concepts of “comparativism”, “identity”,
“communication” together, the conference will focus on the complex
identities interactively engaged in the society “conquered by

Transmodern globalized communication implies rapid, spectacular,
misleading and ambivalent processes: communication can be seen as a
means of emancipation of the individual / nations, but also as a
means of controlling them. It is necessary, therefore, to rethink
“human condition” in the context of interculturalism and “netocracy”
and from the point of view of mutual conditioning and interactive

The opening towards otherness, which accompanies the transgression of
the borders of communication, supposes identity awareness.
Multicultural cohabitation is possible if individuals become aware of
symbols of identity and of their value, if they consciously
participate in the intercultural dialogue and operate with flexible
concepts and, by all means, if they place themselves under the
unifying sign of meaning.

Comparative studies provide new insights into the complex matters of
intercultural relations and identity issues, but they also provide
food for thought for the field of communication studies. While
focusing on general and comparative literature, it is not our
intention, though, to limit the scope of the conference to this area.
We envisage comparison as an all-encompassing scientific method,
which might apply to linguistics, anthropology, cultural studies etc.

The interdisciplinary perspective and the generous thematic spectrum
will, hopefully, allow the rethinking of the issues mentioned above.

Thematic areas:

1. Comparativism:
influence, reception, intertextuality, palimpsestic rewriting,
comparative poetics, comparative imagology, inter-aesthetic and
inter-semiotic relations; comparison between languages and linguistic

2. Pragmasemantic aspects of communication:
emotive meaning, argumentative roles, illocutionary functions,
implicit meaning, linguistic / semantic context and extralinguistic
or situational context.

3. The rhetorical aspects of communication:
tropes, figures of thought, sophisms; political, journalistic,
didactic discourse.

4. New media / communication technologies and corresponding
anthropological mutations:
cyber-culture and cyberspace, virtual communities, “secondary”
orality, re- reading of texts in different contexts.

5. Identity reconstruction and deconstruction:
discourse on identity and cultural diversity; post-communist
transition and negotiation of identity; “the writing” of the
multicultural self in the media; otherness and the dynamics of
communicative relations.

6. Postmodern culture:
hybridization, polyphony, interculturality etc.

Interdisciplinary perspectives:
communication theory, comparativism, cognitive linguistics / poetics,
discourse analysis, gender studies, imagology, literary studies,
philosophy, pragmatics, semiotics.

The papers presented should not exceed 20 minutes (+ 10 minutes for

Conference languages:
Romanian, English, French, Italian, Spanish.

Deadline for registration and submission of abstracts:
September 15th, 2019.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by:
September 25th, 2019

Please send the registration form and the abstracts by e-mail to:

University of Craiova
Faculty of Letters
str. Al.I. Cuza, 13

Conference website: