Classifications of Otherness I

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 5A G (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC25 Language and Society (host committee)

Language: Spanish, French and English

This session is concerned with the role of language in processes of othering, in the construction of social categories as the “other”. It intends to address the language used to classify (and exclude) in terms of race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality, class/socioeconomic position, and religion, among others.
The language of classifications inform both about changes in how out-groups are categorized and how in-groups identify themselves. The process of “othering” requires not only a definition (and exclusion) of the “other”, but also an understanding of the “self.”
How is the “other” defined? How have the borders shifted in recent years? What does it tell about the identity of those who use a given classification? What are the social consequences of such classifications? What are the power structures sustaining such classifications? What are some of the current struggles to challenge those classifications? These are some of the questions that we expect to address during the session. 
Contributions will shed light on the variability of classifications of otherness, changes through time and struggles to challenge them. Contributors are especially invited to articulate various classifications in an intersectional perspective, and to consider how the global dimension interact with the(se) classification(s) of otherness they analyze. We welcome analysis of how classifications operate in different forms of talk and text, from everyday conversations, to institutional talk and text.
Session Organizer:
Trinidad VALLE, Fordham University, USA
Multiple Discourses in Developing Intercultural Awareness: Talking about Blocks and Threads
Adrian HOLLIDAY, School of Language Studies & Applied Linguistics, Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom; Sara AMADASI, FISPPA Department - University of Padova, Italy
Converser Et Classifier : La Construction De L'autre Dans Les échanges Quotidiens
Lisandre LABRECQUE, CRESPPA, Centre d'etudes sociologiques et politiques, France
Colloquial Lexical Means of Otherization: A Case Study
Danko SIPKA, Arizona State University, USA
The Development of Lexical and Conceptual Representations in Sheng
Everlyn KISEMBE DARKWAH, All Natins University College, Ghana
Dehumanizing the “Other” in Conflict Situations: From an Evil Human to an Animal and Object
Maria YELENEVSKAYA, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel; Larisa FIALKOVA, The University of Haifa, Israel