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Dalia Gavriely-Nuri, 'The normalization of war in Israeli discourse 1967-2008'

Date: 14 March 2013 Time: 17:00-18:00

Venue: FASS MR 1

My first motivation in this lecture is to describe life in reality of repetitive wars from the perspective of Israeli citizen. I would like to explain the tense between 'normal life' and living under endless shade of a concrete or potential war.

More specific, this lecture raises two questions:

1) What is the role of the Israeli war discourse in the situation of repetitive wars?

2) Can we point on linguistic and discursive mechanisms that are typical to the Israeli war discourse and maybe to other war discourses?

My lecture will concentrate on one special mechanism, what I call a 'war normalizing discourse'.

War normalizing discourse is a set of discursive strategies aim at blurring the anomalous character of war by transforming it into an event perceived as something "natural" or "normal" part of ordinary life. Under the general framework of War-Normalizing Discourse, four analytical tools were defined: Euphemization, Naturalization, Justification and Symbolic Annihilation.

The lecture demonstrates various appearances (verbal and visual) of the War Normalizing Discourse, including the representation of wounded soldiers in the Israeli Television and names of military practices. It also focuses on the normalization of the Occupation.


Who can attend: Anyone


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Associated staff: Mercedes Camino, Agata Fijalkowski (Law), Patrick Hagopian, Corinna Peniston-Bird, Thomas Rohkrämer (History), John Strachan, David Sugarman, John Welshman, Ruth Wodak

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Law and Society, Dynamics of Memories, History, Law, Linguistics and English Language


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