organizing committee is happy to announce the following five keynote speakers:
of English Linguistics
Ilie’s research, which is largely corpus-based, spans four main fields:
pragmatics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics and rhetoric (including
pragma-rhetoric and intercultural rhetoric). Several of her publications
include interdisciplinary approaches to topics pertaining to the fields of
translation theory, cross-cultural pragmatics, argumentation studies and
institutional discourse analysis (political, parliamentary, courtroom and
media discourses). Most of her recent work focuses on argumentation strategies
in dialogic institutional discourse (with specific reference to metadiscourse,
clichés and question-response adjacency pairs), culture-based (im)politeness
patterns, uses of institutional address forms and ideological manipulation of
is the author of several books and has published numerous encyclopedia
articles, refereed journal articles, book chapters and book reviews. Her
latest books are: The use of English in institutional and business settings:
An intercultural perspective (Peter Lang, co-edited with G. Garzone),
2007; Language, culture, rhetoric: Cultural and rhetorical perspectives on
communication, 2004; Language and Ideology, Vol. 2: Descriptive
Cognitive Approaches (John Benjamins, co-edited with R. Dirven and R.
Frank), 2001; What Else Can I Tell You? A Pragmatic Study of English
Rhetorical Questions as Discursive and Argumentative Acts.
Ilie is the founder and coordinator of an interdisciplinary European
Parliamentary Network (EPARNET) (www.sh.se/parliamentary) and of DialogForum, a
collaborative network for the interdisciplinary study of dialogue
in several discourse genres in various cultures (http://dialogforum.ownit.nu).
One of her recent international collaborations is the project ‘Assuming
citizenship roles through deliberative dialogue in schools’
(2004-2006) carried out together with researchers from Romanian, Swedish and
Campani, Doctor in Ethnology of the
of Philosophy and Letters
Marafioti’s research spans different main fields: semiotic, discourse
analysis (argumentation), mass communication and culture. Several of his
publications include interdisciplinary approaches to topics pertaining to the
fields of political discourse, argumentation studies and institutional
discourse analysis. Most of his recent work focuses on argumentation
strategies in parliamentary and political discourse.
the author of several books and has published numerous articles, refereed
journal articles, book chapters and book reviews. His latest books are: De las
falacias, 2008 (On fallacies), Parlamentos, 2007 (Parliaments), both as
editor. Patrones de la argumentación, 2005 (Patterns of argumentation),
Sentidos de la comunicación, 2006 (Sense of communication) and Charles S.
Peirce. El éxtasis de los signos. 2004 (Charles S. Peirce. The ecstasy signs).
Marafioti is member of the scientific committee of the Asociación Argentina
de Semiótica (Argentine Association of Semiotic). Member of the International
Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS) and the International Society for
Study of Argumentation (ISSA- Amsterdam). He is Director of a research group
Dr. Ecaterina Popa is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the Department of English, Faculty of Letters, “Babes-Bolyai” University, Cluj. Her main fields of interest range from theoretical and applied linguistics to discourse and genre analysis and aspects of FL teaching. She coordinated and/or was partner in FL programmes under the auspices of the Socrates Agency and British Council, Romania. She was chair of the ELT board in the Ministry of Education between 1993 and 2005 and at present is chair of the Romanian Association of English and American Studies, affiliated to ESSE.
Doctor Virgil Stanciu is professor of English, American and Irish Literature at "Babes-Bolyai" University, Cluj-Napoca, where he has taught for 44 years. He is also a renowned translator and has published over 30 translations of British, American and Irish Novels, as well as of books of literary theory and history. For his outstanding performances in this field he has been awarded the British Council Translation Prize, as well as the Romanian Writers' Union Prize for translation. Dr. Stanciu's main areas of interest are English modernist and postmodernist literature, the American novel, Irish Film and Drama. He has published many studies in both academic journals and literary reviews, in Romania and abroad. He taught for two years at University College, University of London, and for one semester at the University of Nevada, Reno. Of the many books he authored or co-authored, mention should be made of An Introduction to the Literature of the American South (1977), English with Tears (1998), and The Transition to Modernism in English Literature (2006).