We are pleased to announce that the Department of Linguistics and English Language will host the annual workshop of the BAAL Health & Science Communication SIG taking place on November 29, 2017.

The event is a response to the ever-growing focus on early intervention and prevention of chronic diseases in the UK. It welcomes papers that study chronic diseases and representations in contemporary texts adopting various methodological and theoretical approaches (including, but not limited to discourse, framing, metaphor, narrative) with the aim of understanding how language shapes (and potentially limits) the ways that individuals and institutions can think, speak and behave. We are keen to bring together researchers from the fields of the social sciences, humanities and beyond to share findings relating to the key challenges and opportunities that representations pose to treatment and prevention targets.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Dr Shona Hilton (Deputy Director, Medical Research Council/Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow) and Prof Rusi Jaspal (School of Applied Social Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University).

Call for papers: The deadline for abstract submission is 29 September 2017.


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