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Voice and voices: Exploring tensions between plurivocity and univocity
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When: Thursday, May 24, 2018
8:00 AM
Where: Hilton Prague
Czech Republic
Contact: Francois Cooren

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As pointed by Robichaud et al. (2004), any (individual or collective) actor, in order to exist and be recognized as such, has at some point to be able to speak in one voice. Given the multivocity that always characterizes persons and collectives, these passages from polyphony to monophony and from monophony to polyphony are not without creating tensions between what Bakhtin (1981) identified as centripetal vs. centrifugal forces. In this preconference, we encourage scholars and researchers from many divisions to explore the nature, dynamics and regulation of these tensions by focusing on communicational events, whether in the context of organizations, political parties, governments, public debates, tribunals, psychiatric treatments or mundane conversations. We particularly encourage participants to theorize and analyze the mobilization, articulation and conciliation of alternative voices, such as the voices of facts, absent or dead persons, ecosystems, spirits, or texts, among others.


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