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Russian Summer School on Political Linguistics . July 31 – August 4, Nizhny Novgorod

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The Faculty of the Humanities at HSE’s Nizhny Novgorod campus is inviting undergraduates, graduate students and junior researchers to take part in the first international Russian Summer School on Political Linguistics 2014 called ‘Language and Authority: Linguistics of Migration.’The summer school will take place at one of Nizhny Novgorod region’s recreation and retreat centers between July 31 and August 4.

Political linguistics studies language as:

  1. A political tool;
  2. A political actor;
  3. A political object.

As a political tool, language fulfills its main purpose – being a means of communication, including in the political realm. At the same time, language behaves as an actor and participant in the political process by setting boundaries for the political community and determining the limits of legitimate political activity. Finally, language is considered a part of the overall political process since it could act as a tool for language policy and planning.

The first international Russian Summer School on Political Linguistics has set a goal of considering various ways for language and migration policy to interact. Which speech tactics and strategies do participants of migration discourse use? In what way are economic, demographic and ecological problems embedded in migration discourse? How is migration discourse embedded in foreign policy discourse? How does migration discourse play a role in forming political identity? In what way can the government ensure the unity of migration and language policies? All of these questions will be discussed over the course of the summer school with the participation of Russian and foreign experts.

The first international Russian Summer School on Political Linguistics, ‘Language and Authority: Linguistics of Migration,’ has been incorporated into the educational trajectory of the Political Linguistics master’s programme, which was founded at the Faculty of the Humanities at HSE’s Nizhny Novgorod campus in 2013. The summer school is aimed at the development of political linguistics as a new research direction, and also at attracting junior researchers as undergraduates, graduate students and instructors. The summer school also strives to form an academic community for relevant problems.

The summer school’s programme includes lectures by leading experts in the field of political linguistics, as well as methodological master classes that allow for methods of linguistic and political analysis to be studied. Aside from academic formats, the school will also include a round table focused on migration policy that will see the participation of representatives from various government agencies. The summer school will also include a role-playing game that reflects the use of linguistic technology in government relations. Summer school participants will have the opportunity to discuss research projects that were created especially for them and address problems in migration policy. This will take place through expert seminars and consultations.

Summer School Instructors:

-          Professor Andrey Makarychev (University of Tartu, Estonia)

-          Professor Sharon Rivera (Hamilton College, U.S.)

-          Professor Gasan Gusejnov (HSE)

-          Professor Natalya Gronskaya (HSE Nizhny Novgorod)

-          Professor Valery Zusman (HSE Nizhny Novgorod)

The school’s working languages are Russian and English. Organizers cover expenses connected with participants’ meals and accommodation. Participants pay for transportation to and from Nizhny Novgorod. The summer school will be held at one of Nizhny Novgorod region’s recreation and retreat centers.

Summer School dates: July 31 to August 4, 2014

Applications accepted until July 1, 2014

To participate in the summer school, it is necessary to complete an online application form.

Please attach documents to the application in .doc format.

Participants will be announced on July 7, 2014.

For questions or more information, please contact Natalia N. Morozova, the advisor for the Political Linguistics master’s programme (email: nnmorozova@hse.ru)