Supercategory Semantics: Religion, Science, History

THE LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION RESEARCH CLUSTER Is delighted to invite you to our first seminar for 2020, by Dr Adrian Pablé, Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong:

When? Monday, 13th January 2020, 16.45 – 17.45

Where? Room VG06, Vine building, Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT

Dr PableIn this talk Adrian will offer some reflections on the concept of the ‘Supercategory’, as outlined by Oxford linguist Roy Harris in the books The Necessity of Art (2003), The Linguistics of History (2004) and The Semantics of Science (2005). Harris argues that academic disciplines like Science, History and Religion (among others) are either built on realist surrogationalist philosophies of language, whereby words mean by ‘standing for’ something other than itself, or on holistic models of language based on some form of idealism.

Against this background Adrian will introduce Harris’ integrational linguistics as a third (semiological) alternative, with its emphasis on human activity and on the integration (or contextualization) of signs.

The Language and Communication Research Seminars are free and open to all staff, students and guests. For any questions or if you would like to lead a session, contact Anna Charalambidou.

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Partnership with Unitas Youth Zone

Everyone at Middlesex University is so excited to be partnering with Unitas Youth Zone. And no-one is more excited than our BA English students who will be delivering the newly-launched homework club from 5th November 2019.

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Our 3rd year BA English students, Melissa and Shimyla, will be running the seniors homework club on Tuesday afternoons (for 13 -18 year old & up to 25 for those with disabilities) and the juniors (8-12 year olds) on Wednesday afternoons, from November 2019 to May 2020.

Barnet Youth Zone, named by young people as ‘Unitas’, is an independent charity for the borough’s young people aged 8 – 19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities.  The youth centre provides a safe environment where young people can enjoy themselves and develop skills to build confidence and raise attainment to create a happier and healthier generation.

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Middlesex partnership with Unitas aims:

  • To enable BA English Middlesex students develop skills and knowledge in teaching and mentoring and share experiences of university life;
  • To inspire young people from low-income families to aspire to higher level learning;
  • To support them in making informed decisions post-16 and post-18;
  • To provide role models to help raise self-esteem;
  • To improve young people’s wellbeing;
  • To enhance the visibility of English as a university subject area.

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Check back at our londonenglish.live website for updates on how our English students, Melissa and Shimyla, are getting on in the new roles as homework club helpers at Unitas.

The Middlesex Annual Roundtable on Signs, Language and Communication

The Language and Communication research cluster is pleased to announce the Second Roundtable on Signs, Language and Communication that will take place on 7 and 8 January 2020 on the campus of Middlesex University London.

The Middlesex Roundtable on Signs, Language and Communication is an annual workshop launched in January 2019 to encourage discussion between three paradigms of language and communication theory: the integrationism of Roy Harris and his followers, biosemiotics and philosophy of communication. These areas of thought and scholarship share assumptions regarding the fundamental role played by communicative interaction in the emergence of signification, meaning and relationality. They also share views of communication and language that are not limited to the understanding of language as a code-based domain.

The Roundtable is an initiative of Paul Cobley (Professor of Language and Media, Middlesex), Adrian Pablé (Associate Professor, Department of English, Hong Kong University) and Johan Siebers (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Middlesex). It aims to create fruitful interactions between these approaches in an informal context of invited papers, “flipped” conference style (short talks, long conversations) and, each year, a focus on a different topic.

The first Roundtable in 2019 provided participants with the opportunity to discuss basic features of the three approaches. A special issue of Sign Systems Studies based on the papers presented there is in preparation.

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The theme of the second Roundtable will be intersubjectivity. A program and further details about the 2020 Roundtable will be published on London English and our cluster’s website and in due course.

If you have any questions and/or would like to participate, please contact Johan Siebers.

I Interpret You

THE LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION RESEARCH CLUSTER IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE A PRESENTATION BY OUR COLLEAGUE AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION DR JOHAN SIEBERS ON the role of language in interpersonal encounters in the language philosophies of Donald Davidson and Martin Buber.

When? Thursday 12th December 2019, 15.00 – 16.00

Where? Room G230 (Grove building), Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT

Abstract:

In this talk I will present research done in cooperation with Prof Eli Dresner, Tel Aviv University. We compared the accounts of the role of language in interpersonal encounters in the language philosophies of Donald Davidson and Martin Buber, two thinkers from very different schools thought. The striking parallels as well as the telling differences that emerged allow us to formulate a new perspective on the role played by codes and meaning in communication as well as on basic aspects of the ontology and ethics of communication. Part of this research project was published as “I Intepret You. Davidson and Buber”, in Review of Metaphysics, vol. 73 (1), 2019, 109-126.

 

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Johan Siebers is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Middlesex University. He is also an Associate Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, where he leads the Ernst Bloch Centre for German Thought. He has published widely on 19th and 20th century German philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of communication, rhetoric and futurity. He is founding editor of Empedocles: European Journal for Philosophy of Communication. Before coming to Middlesex he designed and led the first MA in Rhetoric in the UK, at the University of Central Lancashire.

The Language and Communication Research Seminars are free and open to all staff, students and guests. For any questions or if you would like to lead a session, contact Anna Charalambidou.

Click here to see all 2019-20 Language & Communication research seminars.