I-LanD Journal – Identity, Language and Diversity
International Peer-Reviewed Journal
Call for papers for the special issue:
“Discursive constructions of migrants: verbal and visual images of the “other””.
The third monographic issue of the I-LanD Journal will be centred on the discursive representations of migrants and will be edited by Massimiliano Demata (University of Bari), Ljiljana Saric (University of Oslo) and Andreja Vezovnik (University ofLjubljana). Contributors wishing to submit a paper within this issue should contact the editors by sending their abstract (maximum 500 words, references excluded) as a word document by October 10th 2017. The attachment should not contain the author’s name and affiliation but should be accompanied by an email including such personal information and sent to:
The topics include but are not limited to:
- Discursive and/or multimodal representation of migrants.
- Linguistic issues related to the arrival and presence of migrants in Europe.
- Representation of migrants in media and/or politics in specific European countries.
- Legal implications of new scenarios on citizenship.
Submission of abstracts to guest editors: by 10th October 2017
Notification of acceptance/rejection to prospective contributors: by 30th October 2017
Submission of individual chapters to guest editors (approximately 7,000-8,000 words, excluding references): by 25th February 2018
Submission of proofs to contributors: by April 8th 2018
Submission of final manuscript to the Journal’s Editors in Chief: by April 30th 2018
Call for proposals
During the last few years, migration has often been at the centre of the attention of both media and politics in Europe and the USA. Media and politics have offered a wide range of responses to a seemingly growing number of people coming from the Third World who have been displaced by poverty and/or wars. On the one hand, according to a set of xeno-racist discourses, immigrants are represented as posing challenges to the West’s supposed cultural, ethnic and religious “purity” and as threatening the livelihood of those living in nations “welcoming” immigrants. The recent Brexit, in which the British voted to leave the EU after a campaign largely based on an immigration scare, is only the most evident indication of a populist surge which seems to be enveloping most of the West: populist movements have gained consensus and political space often on the basis of the identification of immigrants with crime and terrorism, of their representation as a danger for the nation and its borders, and of the supposed failure of multiculturalism and integration. On the other hand, recent reports of the attempts by immigrants coming from the Middle East and Africa which have ended tragically have caused certain humanitarian concerns, particularly when the images of dead immigrants on Italian and Greek shores, and in particular children, have been spread through the media.
Furthermore, public discussions on immigration have developed specific features for each country. In Italy, for example, media reports on immigration have recently focused on the role of the NGOs in rescuing immigrants trying to cross the Mediterranean, the legal and cultural implications of the jus soli, and the lack of political initiative from the EU in dealing with the immigration situation.
The editors of this issue of I-LanD Journal welcome abstracts addressing the media and political representation of migration in social, cultural and political terms through various national perspectives. We are very interested in offering a picture of the issues raised by contemporary discussions on immigration taking place in the USA and in various parts of Europe. Abstracts can address a variety of critical perspectives, including Critical Discourse Analysis and Multimodality, but we are also particularly interested in the visual representation of immigrants through the Western media and on how these images have contributed to shape certain (often contrasting) representations of migrants. In this sense, we particularly encourage contributions concentrating on media representations of vulnerable groups (e.g. children).
More about the I-LanD Journal
Editors in chief:
Giuditta Caliendo (University of Lille) and M. Cristina Nisco
(University of Naples Parthenope)
Giuseppe Balirano (University of Naples L’Orientale)
Marina Bondi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
Delia Chiaro (University of Bologna)
David Katan (University of Salento)
Don Kulick (Uppsala University)
Tommaso Milani (Wits University)
Oriana Palusci (University of Naples L’Orientale)
Paul Sambre (KU Leuven)
Srikant Sarangi (Aalborg University)
Christina Schäffner (Professor Emerita at Aston University)
Vivien Schmidt (Boston University)
Stef Slembrouck (Gent University)
Marina Terkourafi (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Girolamo Tessuto (Seconda Università di Napoli)
Johann Unger (Lancaster University)
Copy editors: Eleonora Esposito (Sultan Qaboos University), Antonio
Fruttaldo (University of Naples L’Orientale)
The I-LanD Journal
titolo=i-land-journal&parLingua=ENG) reflects a commitment to publishing
original and high quality research papers addressing issues of identity,
language and diversity from new critical and theoretical perspectives.
All submissions are double-blind peer-reviewed. In fulfillment of its
mission, the I-LanD Journal provides an outlet for publication to
international practitioners, with a view to disseminating and enhancing
scholarly studies on the relation between language and ethnic/cultural
identity, language and sexual identity/gender, as well as on forms of
language variation derived from instances of contamination/hybridization
of different genres, discursive practices and text types.
Back to list of notificationsPublished: 16. August 2017