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The War in Ukraine: Stance, Identity, Leadership

Convenors: Magdalena Szczyrbak (Jagiellonian University), Anna Tereszkiewicz (Jagiellonian University), Valentyna Ushchyna (Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University)

The session aims to bring together linguists, discourse analysts and communication scholars exploring various facets of discourses on/of war and war-related communication. It is conceived as a discussion forum for participants who adopt diverse research perspectives, including discourse analysis, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, critical discourse studies, media studies, multimodality and social semiotics. We welcome contributions addressing the concepts of stance, identity and leadership in discourses on/of war, but submissions focusing on the war in Ukraine are particularly encouraged. 

Suggested areas of scholarly discussion include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • construction of identity and leadership in war-related discourse; 
  • war-related stance-taking practices in public discourse and social media; 
  • conceptualisations of crisis, conflict and aggression and their discursive manifestations;  
  • war and emotion-sharing on social media; 
  • evaluation and authority in war-related discourse; 
  • rhetorical strategies in pro-war and against-war discourse; 
  • war narratives in online and offline settings; 
  • war rhetoric, political propaganda and manipulation; 
  • risk communication in times of war; 
  • individual and collective beliefs about war and peace; 
  • war and multimodal communication.