Keynote Speakers

Patrizia Violi

Patrizia Violi

U of Bologna (Italy)

Patrizia Violi is Full Professor of Semiotics at the University of Bologna, Department of  Philosophy and Communication, and Coordinator of the PhD Program in Semiotics. She is the Director of  the School of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Bologna,  and the Director of  TRAME, Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Memory and Cultural Traumas (www.trame.unibo.it), at the University of Bologna.  Her main areas of research include text analysis, language and gender, and semantic theory, on which theme she has published numerous articles and volumes, amongst others, Meaning and Experience, Indiana University Press, 2001. She is currently working on cultural semiotics and traumatic memory, in particular on memorials and memory museums. Her last book is Paesaggi della memoria. Il trauma, lo spazio, la storia, Bompiani 2014, currently under translation for Peter Lang.

Keynote #1: Why Trump won the elections: What future for dialogue in the age of social network

Franca Orletti

Franca Orletti

U of Roma 3 (Italy)

Franca Orletti is Professor of Linguistics at the Università di Roma Tre. She is the author of  “La conversazione diseguale” (“The unequal conversation”) . She has also edited and coedited many books on conversation and discourse. Her research interests include: interaction in institutional contexts (classroom, medical and legal institutions);native/ non-native speaker interaction; language and gender; subtitling for the deaf and hard of hearing; deaf social identity.

Keynote #2: Latin as a tool for social differentiation and epistemic asymmetry: The language of medicine

Marco Jacquemet

Marco Jacquemet

U of San Francisco (USA)

Marco Jacquemet is Professor of Communication and Culture at the University of San Francisco. His current scholarship focuses on the communicative mutations produced by the circulation of migrants, languages, and media idioms in the Mediterranean area. He is writing a book based on this research, called “Transidioma: Language and Power in the 21st Century” (Blackwell, forthcoming). His most significant English publications to date are Ethereal Shadows: Communication and Power in Contemporary Italy (co-authored with Franco Berardi; Autonomedia, 2009), and Credibility in Court: Communicative Practices in the Camorra's Criminal Trials (Cambridge University Press, 2009, 2nd edition; winner of the BAAL Book of the Year Award). He is also active in Italian and European mediactivist and refugee rights network.

Keynote #3: Transidioma: Language and power in the XXIst century

Edda Weigand

Edda Weigand

U of Münster (Germany)

Edda Weigand is Professor emerita of Linguistics at the Institute of General Linguistics of the University of Münster, Germany. She has also been Associated Professor of German at the University of Messina from 1992 to 1994. She is Honorary President and Founding Vice-President of the International Association for Dialogue Analysis and has been elected Assistant Secretary-General in the UNESCO FILLM Committee in 2017. On the basis of a general notion of language as dialogue (2009, Benjamins) she has written many articles and authored or edited several books on dialogue theory, pragmatics, speech act theory, lexical semantics, rhetoric, culture and other topics, among them her latest book on Dialogue: The mixed game (2010, Benjamins). She is chief-editor of the journal Language and Dialogue (Benjamins) and chief-editor of the series Dialogue Studies (Benjamins).

Closing Keynote: Bologna, old and new. Progress in Dialogue Analysis and future perspectives