Re-Negotiating Regimes of Truth: Knowledge, Power and Social Transformation
Besides being socially conditioned, discourse can also be viewed as socially constitutive, that is in addition to maintaining social order it is also seen as having a role in transforming the ways in which societies are organized. According to Fairclough in recent decades the role of language in social transformation has increased due to the growing importance of information and knowledge in our societies. However, the means of transformation is not evenly accessible to all levels of societies as access to knowledge, means of knowledge production and channels of communication are not equally available for everyone.
This session invites talks that discuss the ways language may contribute to the empowerment of disadvantaged communities by challenging or renegotiating dominant regimes of truth. We are interested in papers that approach language from the perspective of discourse, i.e. not just as text, but also as discursive and social practices. In addition, contributions that consider language in a broader sense, as semiotic representation are also welcome. Papers that target issues of injustice, violence or social exclusion are encouraged just as ones that promote environmental ethics or ecological economics in order to challenge current dominant paradigms on human societies and economic thinking.