Next ACDC meeting, Jan Zienkowski on political subjectivities among Morrocan-Belgians, 12:45-14:15, 12A39

Dear ACDC friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the next ACDC meeting to be held on February 12th at lunchtime. This time, we welcome Jan Zienowsky from Antwerp who will discuss his work on political subjectivities among Morrocan-Belgians : “Self and subjectivity in interviews with activists and intellectuals with a Moroccan background in Flanders.” The attached reading will give the discussion more depth, so please take a look at it. We also attach the minutes of the previous meeting, when Anja Eleveld presented her work on an ideological shift in the perception of the life-course perspective in policy making. Anja has also been so kind as to give permission to distribute her powerpoint presentation.
These items will also be available on the acdc website


We look forward to seeing you on the 12th. Please feel free to bring your own lunch boxes. We will provide the usual refreshments.

RSVP so we know how many people will attend.
Best regards,
Bertie Kaal, Nicolien Montesano Montessori, Alan Cienki and Steve Oswald


DATE: 12 February 2013
TIME: lunchtime 12:45-14:15
PLACE: VU Main Building 12A39

Jan writes: I was especially interested in the way these people articulated a political world-view with a preferred sense of self by using metapragmatic markers to position themselves in relation to the discourse and practices of other actors in society (e.g. parents, peers, teachers, friends, political opponents and / or institutions wielding minority and/or majority discourses). Intertextuality is found in their rearticulation of discourse(s) that originated elsewhere. I investigate metapragmatic markers by which individuals highlight mental processes with respect to language use that are relevant to their selves within a given context (see Blommaert 2005: 253; Verschueren 1999: 187-88). The self is regarded as a reification of the processes that allow an individual to (reflectively) position him-/herself as a coherent and whole mind/body in relation to spatial, temporal, social, and (inter)textual aspects of (contextual) reality. Any of these relations may be indexed by means of metapragmatic language use (Verschueren 1999). Metapragmatic markers appear to provide clues as to how they argue for a preferred mode of ethics and politics and I can illustrate this with examples derived from transcriptions. The investigated discourse markers include hedging (see Hyland 2000; McLaren-Hankin 2008) and various forms of rearticulated or reported speech (see Coulmas 1998; Daryl Slack 1996; Holt 2009; Howarth 2004). I look forward to discussing my approach at ACDC. The attached article (found in the Archives section of the ACDC website) will give you a taste of this research and will hopefully lead to a lively discussion.

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