Stylistics across disciplines conference

On June 16 and 17, 2011, the NWO-Stylistics of Dutch research group will be the host of the international stylistics conference 'Stylistics across disciplines'. The aim of this conference is to bring together literary scholars, linguists and rhetoricians with an interest in stylistic research. The goal is to exchange ideas and to stimulate collaboration between these different disciplines.

Stylistics across disciplines
University of Leiden, The Netherlands
June 16-17, 2011

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Prof. dr. Barbara Dancygier, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada)
Prof. dr. Douglas Biber, Northern Arizona University (United States of America)
Prof. dr. Arie Verhagen, Leiden University (The Netherlands)

Stylistics is a field of study that is growing and developing fast. Its central concern is the way cognitive and communicative effects are achieved by means of linguistic choices. It therefore encompasses literary studies and linguistics as well as discourse studies. In spite of the shared, overarching definition of what it is, the field of study of Stylistics is highly fragmented. It mainly takes place within the boundaries of the various, more traditional, domains of study, e.g. literary analysis, rhetoric, (critical) discourse analysis, applied linguistics, etc. As a result, a comprehensive understanding of the wide variety of interests and foci of attention in stylistic studies, as well as exchange of knowledge between these research domains, is developing relatively slowly.

In recent years, successful attempts have been made to take an integrative, cross-disciplinary perspective on Stylistics, focusing on the shared research object: language use. An example is the expanding body of studies associated with the International Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA). Especially fruitful has proven to be the developing area of ‘cognitive poetics’, a field closely allied with the theoretical framework of cognitive linguistics, which includes attention for contextual factors and the inherently ‘subjective’ basis of language in linguistic analysis. This Stylistics across disciplines conference links up with these developments and intends to offer a platform for exchange of ideas and to stimulate fruitful collaboration among linguists, literary scholars and discourse scholars studying ‘style’.

We invite participants from all relevant fields to participate in the Stylistics across disciplines conference to discuss the opportunities and problems regarding the development of Stylistics as a coherent and methodologically sound research discipline.

More information can be found on our conference website:

Organizing committee:
Suzanne Fagel
Maarten van Leeuwen
Ninke Stukker

Scientific committee:
Jaap Goedegebuure (literary studies)
Ton van Haaften (language and communication)
Jaap de Jong (rhetoric)
Arie Verhagen (linguistics)

Last Modified: 25-03-2011