Producing Counter-Hegemonic Knowledge

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 3:30 PM-5:20 PM
Room: Booth 62
RC25 Language and Society (host committee)

Language: English

Producing Counter-Hegemonic Knowledge Session Organizer Nadezhda GEORGIEVA-STANKOVA, Trakia University, Bulgaria, nadyageorgieva@abv.bg Session in English Facing a world of rising social inequality, sociology needs to further elaborate strategies for studying the mechanisms through which hegemonic knowledge is created, sustained and resisted. Understanding the production and circulation of counter-hegemonic knowledge is increasingly important. Studies of language offer us powerful tools both for developing insight into how dominant forces manufacture consent and for understanding active resistance to relations of domination. The session aims to explore power contestation and resistance through language and discourse. More particularly, papers included in this session will analyze how people actively create and resist articulations of dominant power in their particular social settings (Hall, 1996). Also of interest are papers that examine the nature of power residing in various inter-discursive forms of ideology in producing consent (Gramsci, 1992; 1996), which help to “hegemonize” the “national popular” existing in everyday discourse, practices and interactions (Hall, 1985). Particular attention will be paid to social access to the production of discourse, speaking out particular visions of social justice, and to the control, circulation and regulation of discourses. Therefore, we are interested in some key questions: Which forms of truth are promoted or subjugated in the knowledge production process? What are the means and strategies for resisting and subverting such hegemonic discourses producing dominance and equality? Who are the social agents holding the potential for such counter-hegemonic transformation? We welcome papers that may be related to some or other of the following problems: Counter-hegemonic discourses regarding social groups on the basis of nationality, ethnicity / “race”, gender, sexuality, social class or disability; The rise of nationalism, populism and of the extreme right; The plight of minority or migrant groups, such as the Roma, in the contemporary context of rising discrimination, racism and xenophobia; The role of old and new media in maintaining or resisting dominant consensus
Session Organizer:
Nadezhda GEORGIEVA-STANKOVA, Trakia University, Bulgaria
Yoko YAMADA, Hiroshima-Kokusai-Gakuin University, Japan
Argentina's Dirty War: Counter-Hegemonic Collective Memories & Frame Analysis (Oral Presentation)
Roberta VILLALON, St. John's University, USA

The Discursive Competition Between Very Different Counter-Hegemonies: Neo-Nationalism Vs. "Subaltern Counterpublics" (Oral Presentation)
Christian KARNER, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Standpoint Epistemology, Auto-Theorization in France: A Counter Hegemonic Knowledge? (Oral Presentation)
Carmen DIOP, Université Paris 13 Villetaneuse, France

Contesting Hegemonic Language through Films: A Study of the Vicissitudes of Taiwanese-Dialect Cinema (Oral Presentation)
Chih-Heng SU, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Forming Counter-Hegemonic Identity through Narration: Personal Stories, Historical Narrative, and the Transformation of National Identity in Taiwan (Distributed Paper)
Chun Chiao YEH, Academia Sinica, Taiwan; A-chin HSIAU, Academia Sinica, Taiwan