Analyzing Discourse and Argumentation Today
Contemporary European Trends
Tel-Aviv University, June 5-6, 2011
The main objective of this conference is to bring together different traditions of Discourse Analysis and Argumentation Analysis across Europe (mainly Belgium, France, Finland, Great-Britain, Romania, Switzerland) and in Israel, so as to raise questions related to their theoretical objectives and their possible social uses. Such questions include: What does the term « analysis » mean as far as discourse and argumentation are concerned? What kind of descriptive or normative practices does it entail? What immediate purposes can such analysis serve, beyond its scientific objectives, in social and political life?
The following aspects of the question will be examined:
1. the present state of Discourse Analysis in the francophone and English speaking academic world
2. the close connection recently established between discursive and argumentative analysis, and its implications for the global study of discourse
3. the meaning and scope of « analysis » when discourse is understood as a social practice. What are the main objectives of the analyst? What is at stake in our own scholarly work? To what extent is the scholar a committed citizen called upon to interfere in human affairs?
Sunday, June 5th, Gilman Building, room 496
Dr. Orly Lubin, TAU, Chair of the Porter Institute
Prof. Shirley Sharon-Zisser, TAU, Chair of the Department of English
Prof. Ruth Amossy (TAU) and Prof. Roselyne Koren (Bar Ilan), Coordinators of ADARR
What does « Analysis » mean?
10.00-10.45: Norman Fairclough (Lancaster, UK): The Nature of Analysis in CDA, and the Case for Incorporating Analysis and Evaluation of Argumentation
10.45-11.30: Dominique Maingueneau (Paris-12, France): What is Discourse Analysis looking for?
11.30-12.00: Coffee Break
12.00- 12.20: Respondent: Thierry Herman (Lausanne and Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
12. 20- 13.00: Discussion
Is there an Argumentative Turn of Discourse Analysis?
15.00-15.30: Isabela Ietcu-Fairclough (Bucharest, Romania and Lancaster, UK): Analyzing Practical Reasoning in Political Discourse
15.30-16.00: Ruth Amossy (TAU, Israel): Integrating Argumentation in Discourse Analysis
16.00-16.20: Respondent: Elda Weizman (Bar Ilan, Israel)
17.00-17.15: Coffee Break
17.15-17.45: Raphael Micheli (Lausanne, Switzerland): Toward a Discursive Approach of Argumentation: Goals and Methodological Principles
17.45-18.15: Emmanuelle Danblon (ULB, Belgium): Is Rhetoric a Discipline?
18.15-18.35: Respondent: Galia Yanoshevsky (Bar Ilan, Israel)
18.35- 19.15: Discussion
Monday, June 6th, Naftali Building of Social Sciences, room 527.
Analyzing Discourse: Social Uses and Scholarly Responsibility
9.30-10.00: Jérôme Bourdon (TAU, Israel): The Reasons and Emotions of Cosmopolitan Research
10.00-10.30: Marianne Doury (CNRS, France): Descriptive vs. Militant Perspective: A Contrastive Approach to Political Discourse Analysis
10.30-11.00: Coffee Break
11.00- 11.30: Eithan Orkibi (TAU, Israel): From Gatekeepers to Wall Breakers: Scholars and Activists in Social Movement Rhetoric
11.30- 12.00: Roselyne Koren (Bar Ilan, Israel): Crossing the red line between Description and Ethical Commitment
14.00-15.00: Round Table with Dominique Maingueneau (Paris-12, France),
Norman Fairclough (Lancaster, UK), Jürgen Siess (Caen, France and TAU, Israel), Orly Lubin (TAU, Israel), Shirley Sharon-Zisser (TAU, Israel)
The conference will be in English. The conference is sponsored by the Chair for Swiss-Israel Cultural Co-operation, the Shirley and Leslie Porter School of Cultural Studies, the Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities, the French Institute, the Perelman Foundation in Brussels.