Following the five successful events hosted by the Universities of Naples (2013), Catania (2014), Macerata (2016), Cagliari (2017) and Antwerp (2018), the I-Land Interuniversity Research Centre brings the sixth edition of its Languaging Diversityannual conference (LD6) to the University of Zaragoza, Spain, at the Campus of Teruel. The beautiful historic city of Teruel, a UNESCO world heritage site, boasts mesmerising examples of the Mudejar architectural style, and is home to the tragic and deeply moving story of Diego de Marcilla and Isabel de Segura, the so-called ‘lovers of Teruel’. LD6 builds on the themes of the previous editions (i.e. diversity, alterity, power, social class and globalisation) to propose a research strand linked to persuasion, the pragmatic or communicative intention whereby identity is enacted, power communicated and societal patterns reproduced.

In LD6, we set out to cast light on the intricacies of persuasive discourse and the manifold reactions it may engender in today’s globalised and multicultural societies. At the core of this endeavour is a genuine willingness and commitment to tease out the nature of persuasion in diverse contexts (e.g. art, education, business, sport, companies, the private sphere, etc.), through diverse channels (e.g. face-to-face interaction, on-line communication, published articles, performances, etc.), and as more or less relevant to diverse identities (e.g. linguistic, political, gendered, etc.). As in previous LD editions, interdisciplinarity will also be key for us. This time, in LD6, the collaboration and cross-fertilisation of knowledge will show in an organising and scientific team encompassing Philology, Psychology, Education, Business and Fine Arts, five areas representing the extremely enriching interdisciplinary make-up of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences in Teruel.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you all in Teruel in September 2019!

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