Call for Papers

Words, Images and Ideology of Populism 3.0

(artwork by Sebastian Pytka)

The University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’ together with the I-LanD Research Centre invites you to attend the International conference on Words, Images and Ideology of Populism 3.0.

Nationalistic, xenophobic and mostly right-wing populist discourses can be seen both as a reaction to and a proposal to transform prevailing tropes of democratic and multicultural discourses. The tension between this dual way of construing political discourse has become an important line of investigation in various academic fields. This international conference aims to address the different manifestations of ideology in the international media outlets, with the intention of investigating how these practically relate to the socio-political contexts where they emerge. The current international political arena seems to be a fertile ground for the study of the relationship between language use and ideology, especially as present in different media.

Given the thematic scope of this conference, we invite scholars from different fields to present original paper presentations which should adhere to any of the following broad research strands:

-    Relationships between linguistic ideologies and the socio-political contexts where these emerge;

-    Argumentative and persuasive strategies underlying linguistic and semiotically-expressed ideologies;

-    Different linguistic and semiotic ideological construals present in the media

More specific topics of discussion are listed below:

-    Populism in conservative and left-wing tabloid and broadsheet newspapers

-    Populisms in Europe

-    Populisms in America (e.g., Canada, United States, Latin America)

-    Populisms in Asia

-    Populism and terrorism

-    Masculinities and populism.

Within discourse contexts such as those listed above, we especially welcome papers which re-examine existing frameworks for critical discourse research or which apply new methodologies sourced from anywhere across the humanities, social and cognitive sciences including but without being limited to:

-    Cognitive Linguistics  

-    Conversation and Discourse Analysis 

-    Corpus Linguistics 

-    Functional Linguistics 

-    Multimodality

-    Political Science 

-    Pragmatics and Argumentation Theory 

-    Sociolinguistics

Abstracts of up to 250 words excluding references should be submitted by 10 December 2017 08:00 CET to Notification of acceptance will be communicated by 10 January 2018.

The conference working languages are:
Italian, English, and Spanish

For further information, please visit the conference webpage or write to the local organising committee at

Scientific Committee

Giuseppe Balirano (University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’)
Delia Chiaro (University of Bologna)

Francesca De Cesare (University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’)
Encarnación Hidalgo Tenorio (University of Granada)
Tommaso M. Milani (University of Gothenburg)

Organising Committee
Lucía Carrillo (University of Naples ’Parthenope’)
Valeria Cavazzino (University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’)
Antonio Fruttaldo (University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’)
Giusy Piatto (University of Naples Federico II)
Sole Alba Zollo (University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’)