International Seminar on Social Media Discourse Analysis (ISSMDA)

With the increasing popularity of digital publications on social media in recent years, renewed discourse analysis methodologies are needed to describe the various discourses circulating on digital platforms. “Digital discourses” such as posts hosted on social media platforms have some typical characteristics that directly influence the way they should be analysed. Indeed, “traditional” discourse analysis, which is well suited for printed texts, seems somewhat insufficient for analysing “digitally native” posts.

Various approaches, whether they be linguistic, semantic, multimodal or even sociological, have been gradually emerging, offering more appropriate ways of processing and analysing digital posts on social media.

Some specialists of reported speech, such as Francis Grossmann and Laurence Rosier (2018), have shown the importance of renewed approaches for digital discourses, linked to concepts such as hypertextuality, delinearisation, multimodality and polysemioticity.

The need to analyse large corpora of digital posts has become increasingly important and relevant as the impact of such posts on citizens’ daily lives, in terms of discursive strategies and political choices, has become more marked. The proliferation of digital posts on mainstream social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram foregrounds the fundamental notion of freedom of speech but also some inevitable undesirable deviations.

The International Seminar on Social Media Discourse Analysis (ISSMDA) aims to offer diverse ways of processing and mining digital posts, thanks to the expertise of scholars and researchers specialising in linguistics, semantics, stylistics and media studies.

This research seminar is co-convened by three founding universities of the European CIVIS university (Aix-Marseille Université, Université libre de Bruxelles and Stockholms universitet) and by Maison Française d’Oxford (University of Oxford, UAR 3129, UMIFRE 11).

Organizing committee:

– Pr. Sophie Marnette (University of Oxford)

– Pr. Pascal Marty (Maison Française d’Oxford)

– Pr. Laurence Rosier (Université libre de Bruxelles)

– Pr. Françoise Sullet-Nylander (Stockholms universitet)

– Dr. Grégoire Lacaze (Aix-Marseille Université)

Scientific committee:

– Dr. Grégoire Lacaze (Aix-Marseille Université)

– Pr. Julien Longhi (CY Cergy Paris Université)

– Pr. Sophie Marnette (University of Oxford)

– Pr. Pascal Marty (Maison Française d’Oxford)

– Dr. Céline Poudat (Université Côte d’Azur)

– Pr. Alain Rabatel (Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1)

– Pr. Laurence Rosier (Université libre de Bruxelles)

– Pr. Wilfrid Rotgé (Sorbonne Université)

– Pr. Françoise Sullet-Nylander (Stockholms universitet)

– Dr. Lieven Vandelanotte (Université de Namur)

Programme of the seminar

– 3 February 2022 – 16:30 – 18:30 (UTC+1)

Pr. Julien LONGHI (CY Cergy Paris Université) : « Quantifier pour qualifier : l’exploration des corpus numériques comme compréhension des discours des réseaux sociaux »

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– 31 March 2022 – 16:30 – 18:30 (UTC+1)

Dr. Lieven VANDELANOTTE (Université de Namur, Institut NaLTT & KU Leuven, Research group FunC) : Labelling memes as an emerging discourse genre
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– 6 février 2023 – 16:30 – 18:30 (UTC+1)

Pr. Johannes ANGERMULLER (Open University) : “Fascism 2.0. Or, the affective logics in right-wing discourse on social media”

Registration for the Zoom meeting:
https://univ-amu-fr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtdemsqz4tG9NaQF-wuyq916h8oXNRYRGB

– 20 mars 2023 – 16:00 – 18:00 (UTC+1)

Dr. Céline POUDAT (Université Côte d’Azur) : « Comment caractériser les discussions conflictuelles en ligne ? De la constitution du corpus à l’exploration des observables »

Registration for the Zoom meeting:
https://univ-amu-fr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcof-CqrjgrE9SeURaFnO2wUeP8aDN1Yf8l