Plenary speakers



Keynote Speakers


The organizing committee is happy to announce the following five keynote speakers:



Cornelia Ilie

Professor of English Linguistics

Örebro University



Professor 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 language.

She 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. Stockholm : Almqvist & Wiksell International, 1994.

Prof. Ilie is the founder and coordinator of an interdisciplinary European Parliamentary Network (EPARNET) ( and of DialogForum, a collaborative network for the interdisciplinary study of dialogue in several discourse genres in various cultures ( 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 Hungarian universities.



Giovanna Campani
Professor of Intercultural Education

University of Florence



Giovanna Campani, Doctor in Ethnology of the University of Nice ( France ) (1988), is Professor of Intercultural Education at the University of Florence ( Italy ). She has participated and has directed different researches for international organisations (European Science Foundation, UNESCO, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working conditions, OIM, DGV of the European Commission, etc...) on intercultural relations, migrations, anti-racist work. She is regularly working with the EMZ, Europaishes Migrationszentrum of Berlin .
She is author of several books and has published many articles in refereed journals.
Her latest books are: I saperi dell’interculturalità, Liguori, Napoli, 2002; Perché siamo musulmane, Guerini, Milano, 2002; Genere, etnia e classe. Migrazioni al femminile tra esclusione e identità, ETS, Pise, 2000; La rosa e lo specchio, Ipermedium, Naples, 1996. In collaboration: with Besalù, Palaudarias, Educacion intercultural en Europa. Un enfoque curricular, Pomares Corredor, Barcelona, 1998; with Verma, Woodrow, Trindade, Intercultural Education:Theories, policies and practices, Ashgate, London, 1997.



Roberto Marafioti

Professor of Semiology

Faculty of Philosophy and Letters

University of Buenos Aires



Professor 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.

He is 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).

Prof. 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 in the University of Buenos Aires . He is member also of a research group in Spain , Madrid (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia). He gave seminars in several Universities of Argentina, Latin America (Santiago de Chile and Bogotá and Cali , Colombia ) and he was invited as professor to the Lille 3 University (France). He has been honoured by the French government as Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

Ecaterina Popa
Professor of English Language and Linguistics
Faculty of Letters
Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca

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.
Among her most important publications mention should be made of: Aspects of Teaching English as a Foreign language, 1995, English language Syntax, published by the Ministry of Education, 2000, as well as contributions to: Predarea si învătarea limbilor străine în Romania în perspectivă europeană, published by the Socrates Agency, Romania, 1997, and to The European English Studies: Contributions towards a History of a Discipline, published by EHES, Basel 2000, and the studies on specific issues in discourse analysis published in Studia Philologica, “Babes-Bolyai” University.
Dr. Popa has also participated in a large number of national and international workshops, seminars and conferences dedicated to language education and English Studies.

Virgil Stanciu
Professor of English and American and Irish Literature
Faculty of Letters
Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca

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).