Keynote Speakers

Delia Chiaro

Delia Chiaro (University of Bologna, Italy) is Professor of English Language and Translation at the University of Bologna’s Department of Interpretation and Translation, and President of the International Society for Humour Studies. She is a member of the editorial board for HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research. She is author of over 100 publications on diverse areas of Humour Studies, Audio-Visual Translation, Sociolinguistics, and the combination of all three.

Her most recent publications include:

  • Chiaro, D. 2018. The Language of Jokes in the Digital Age. London/New York: Routledge.
  • Chiaro, D. and Baccolini, R. (eds) 2014. Gender and Humor: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives. New York/London: Routledge.
  • Chiaro, D. (ed.) 2010. Translation, Humour and Literature (Translation and Humour Volume 1). London/New York: Continuum.
  • Chiaro, D. (ed.) 2010. Translation, Humour and the Media (Translation and Humour Volume 2). London/New York: Continuum.

Her talk will focus on The Politics of Brown Humour.

Encarnación Hidalgo Tenorio

Encarnación Hidalgo Tenorio (University of Granada) is Professor of English linguistics at the University of Granada, where she has been teaching various undergraduate and master’s degree courses since 1993. Her main research area is Critical Discourse Analysis, where she focuses on notions such as representation and power enactment as manifested mainly in public discourse. She has published on language and gender, as well as Irish theatre, and has also paid attention to the analysis of the way identity can be discursively constructed. In her research, she has tried to develop or reconsider some very interesting principles mainly taken from Systemic Functional Grammar such as Transitivity, Modality or Appraisal Theory. Among her recent publications, we can acknowledge:

  • Bartley, L. and Hidalgo Tenorio, E. 2016. ‘To be Irish, Gay, and on the Outside’: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Other after the Celtic Tiger Period. Journal of Language and Sexuality 5(1): 1-36.
  • Hidalgo Tenorio, E. 2016. Genderlect. In N. Naples, R. C. Hoogland, M. Wickramasinghe and A. Wong (eds), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 1193-1196.
  • Hidalgo Tenorio, E. 2011. Politics and Language: The Representation of Some “Others” in the Spanish Parliament. In J. Collins and N. Vosburg (eds), Lesbian Realities/Lesbian Fictions in Contemporary Spain. Lewisburg, PA.: Bucknell University Press and Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 119-148.

Her talk (AFFECT in populist discourse, or on how to move "the people" through emotion) will be co-presented with Miguel Ángel Benítez Castro (University of Zaragoza).

Tommaso M. Milani

Tommaso Milani joined the Department of Swedish at the University of Gothenburg in August 2017 to take up the position of (Full) Professor of Multilingualism. He is by far one of the most distinguished scholars in the field of Language, Gender, and Sexuality, with a specific interest in queer identities and masculinity representations. His research interests include language politics; language ideologies; language, gender and sexuality (with a focus on masculinities); Critical Discourse Analysis; multimodality; and performativity theory. He has published extensively on these topics on books and International Journals. He is also editor and board member of several of the most relevant Journals on language and gender studies, such as Gender and Language, co-edited together with Carmen Rosa Caldas-Coulthard. Among his recent publications, we can acknowledge:

  • Milani, T.M. and Levon, E. 2017. Queering Multilingualism and Politics: Regimes of mobility, citizenship and (in)visibility. In R. Wodak and B. Forchtner (eds), Handbook of Language and Politics. London: Routledge.
  • Milani, T.M. (ed.) 2015. Language and Masculinities: Performances, Intersections, Dislocations. New York: Routledge.
  • Milani, T.M. (ed.) 2011. Re-casting Language and Masculinities. Special Issue of Gender & Language 5(2).
  • Johnson, S. and Milani, T.M. (eds) 2010. Language Ideologies and Media Discourse: Texts, practices, politics. London: Continuum.

His talk (The Banality of Evil – Revisited) aims to re-cast some of Arendt’s (1994) ideas in order to make sense of current developments in the rise of far-right movements across the globe.