'Excessive language in public discourse', University of Helsinki, 10-11 March 2022

The aim of the conference is to explore, from the perspective of linguistics and communication studies, the excessive forms and functions that impoliteness and verbal violence have in public communication, as well as the prospects and limitations of linguistic excess for emancipatory politics and countering hate speech. Conference website: https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/excessive-language-in-public-discourse

Keynote speakers

  • Konstanze Marx (Universität Greifswald)
  • Simon Meier-Vieracker (Technische Universität Dresden)
  • Simo Määttä (University of Helsinki)
  • Sahana Udupa (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

All the keynote lectures will be in English.

Language policy
The conference is multilingual: you can present your paper in French, German, Italian, Spanish or English. Please write your abstract in the language of your presentation. All the keynote lectures will be in English.

Abstract proposals
The conference will consist of plenary lectures and regular presentations. Regular presentations will be given a slot of 30 minutes (20 for presentation + 10 for discussion).
Depending on the circumstances, online participation will be made possible.
Please submit your abstract of 1,500 to 2,500 characters (including spaces and references) in one of the conference languages through https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/111400/lomake.html by September 10th, 2021.
Notification of acceptance: by the end of October, 2021.

Conference fee
Regular: 60 €
Reduced (for students and PhD students, pensioners, unemployed researchers): 20 €

Organising committee
Mélanie Buchart, Silvio Cruschina, Gina Dautartas, Anton Granvik, Lotta Lehti (chair), Hartmut Lenk and Mari Wiklund

You can contact the organisers at exlang@helsinki.fi.

Conference website