Language of Politics

A Small Symposium on “Language of Politics”
as part of the 14th Annual International Conference on Languages & Linguistics
5-8 July 2021, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the 
Athens Journal of  Philology

The Languages and Linguistics Unit of ATINER, will hold an a Small Symposium on “Language of Politics” as part of the 14th Annual International Conference on Languages & Linguistics, 5-8 July 2021, Athens, Greece sponsored by the  Athens Journal of Philology.

The aim of the symposium is to discuss the purposes and targets of communication in politics and to disclose the role of language in achieving them. As politics means “the art and practice or running or governing a country” and managing “relationships between governments of different political parties and systems”, communication in politics always involves weighing, balancing and negotiating (Dictionary of Government and Politics, p. 210). It has been known since Aristotle that the matters of politics include five subjects: ways and means, war and peace, national defence, imports and exports and legislation (Aristotle. Rhetoric, Book I. 4, 15-25). Political speeches and writing relate to the art of speaking, which means that the authors have to mind “in any given case, the available means of persuasion” (Aristotle. Rhetoric, I.2, 26-30). Therefore the language of politics requires a masterful use of language which shows an informed mind, confidence of a leader and the skill of a speaker/writer. Political communication “urges somebody to do or not to do something” (Aristotle. Rhetoric, I.3, 5-10). On the one hand, political communication requires the knowledge of facts and political correctness, and on the other, the persuasive presentation of an argument. The political speaker or writer has to appeal to his colleagues, who are his equals, to the electorate, who have to be addressed on their level of knowledge, and to the supporters, who have to be convinced of the required action. That is why the language of politics encompasses the complete potential of a language, the mastery of psychology and rhetorical skills. It involves the broadest spectrum of verbal means. Like requirements to an orator in classical antiquity, the language of politics requires the broadest familiarity with subjects, language functions and the choice of words.

You may participate as stream organizer, presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer.

Fee structure information is available on www.atiner.gr/fees.

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized, including a pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine-tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycenae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, a day trip to Delphi, and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to: atiner@atiner.gr, using the abstract submission form by the 7 December 2020 to: Dr. Marija Liudvika Drazdauskiene, Academic Member, ATINER & Professor, Wszechnica Polska, Higher School in Warsaw, Poland. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (gregory.papanikos@stir.ac.uk).

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