Seminar: Energy and Power. Social Ontology Perspectives and Energy Transitions

27 April 2016 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

As part of the "Changing Climates Project: A Corpus-Based Investigation", the Eight seminar "Energy and Power. Social Ontology Perspectives and Energy Transitions" will be hold by Carmen Dayrell (Lancaster University) on Wednesday, 27th April 2016 at Sala Lauree Rossa - Campus Luigi Einaudi (Lungo Dora Siena 100/4, Turin).


Although climate change has reached a broad scientific consensus with respect to its impacts and the urgent need to take actions, global cooperation for its solution has not yet been achieved. 

The research project examines the ways printed newspapers have framed climate change issues across four countries: Britain, Brazil, Germany and Italy. The ultimate aim is to investigate the role that mass media in shaping public opinion. These countries are all major emitters of greenhouse gases but their citizens reveal different attitudes and different levels of concern towards climate-change related issues (PEW 2010; EC 2011). 

This paper presents the results of such cross-cultural analysis, focusing on the British - Brazilian results and the preliminary Italian results, and discusses interesting differences between these countries. The paper will also discuss the methodological questions arising from combining critical discourse analysis with corpus linguistics methods to carry out a diachronic analysis across four national discourses, recounting the various stages and the reasons behind our decisions.


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