This event will consist of an informal day of papers based at the University of Sheffield’s Department of History, exploring the creation, dissemination and reception of discourse in regimes commonly referred to as ‘authoritarian’. The aim of the event is to bring together people working on the language of ‘authoritarian’ states, and to discuss how as academics we can approach and effectively analyse the discourses running through a range of different sources, from ‘top-down’ propaganda initiatives to letters written by the citizens of such regimes. Topics that have been proposed as papers so far cover a broad spectrum, and will include the language of Nazism, gender in the early Soviet Union, disability in Franco’s Spain, and dance as a ‘language’ in early Soviet Russia.
The event will provide a forum in which researchers across the White Rose (and beyond) will have the opportunity to discuss approaches to discourse analysis from a range of different perspectives. The event will incorporate speakers from various disciplines, including History, Russian and French, and will enable the exchange of different methodologies between both staff and postgraduate students.
Stephanie Wright, Sheffield
Other student organisers
Hannah Parker, University of Sheffield Sabine Grimshaw, University of Leeds