CFP: Discourses and Cultural Practices Conference

Later this year I will speaking at the Discourses and Cultural Practices Conference (in the discourses and pop culture strand) and here is the CFP. Look at the list of invited speakers:

  • Professor Claire Kramsch, University of California, Berkeley
  • Professor Ruth Wodak, Lancaster University
  • Professor Frances Christie, University of Sydney and University of Melbourne
  • Professor Theo van Leeuwen, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Professor Alastair Pennycook, University of Technology, Sydney

What a fantastic line-up!  I am tossing up whether to speak about Second Life (been done to death?) or lolcats (much more fun).   I guess Second Life is what everybody wants to hear about but culturally and linguistically and as a new cyber-social-pop-culture phenomenon… who else thinks lolcats would be a fascinating study?

One thought on “CFP: Discourses and Cultural Practices Conference

  1. I dont think that this is as strange as it sounds.
    I have five children in the early adolescent and twenty year old age range who stay incontact via social spaces and who use Lolcats as a way to share laughs and other emotions. They also play around with creating their own versions, using photos of their pets, adding text, voice overs and sound tracks . I would like to think that my children are unique and special – but in reality they just representative of lots children their age who are playing around with social networking

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