News

Details of upcoming events, conferences, and publications.

Jan. 29, 2024

Dear Colleagues,
In view of the ever-growing interest in the phenomena of (im)politeness in historical lingua-cultures and of the recent theoretical developments in this expanding field, the Historical Politeness Network for Ancient Languages (HPNAC) is organizing the online conference “Recent trends and developments in Historical Im/Politeness Research”.

The aim of this meeting is to bring together new and engaged contributions on (im)politeness phenomena – verbal or non-verbal – and interpersonal pragmatic dynamics in historical linguacultures, from Antiquity up to the 19th century AD. Thus, we would like to foster the dialogue between scholars dealing with distant historical languages and cultures but confronted with similar methodological and theoretical issues. It is also our goal to offer a picture of the latest research on historical (im)politeness.

The conference is free to attend and will take place on Wednesday 10 July 2024, using Teams. We hope to publish a edited edition of papers presented at the Conference shortly afterwards. The keynote speaker for the Conference is Andreas Jucker.

If you would like to register to attend the conference, please click this link to the registration form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScWBDLzIsmZGtrDFuIPfOOdR3iweJulgiZz2iO44LbmiXxPUQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please use the same link to submit an abstract, which should be no more than 350 words plus 5 keywords. Abstracts should be submitted no later than the 29th February. The acceptance of the proposal will be communicated the 29th of March. For general enquiries please do email historicalpoliteness@gmail.com.

The Historical Politeness Network for Ancient Languages (https://historicalpoliteness.net/) has existed since 2014 and since then we have organized a previous conference, we have run four online lecture series, we have offered two courses for early career researchers, and we have published two special issues of the Journal of Politeness Research and the Journal of Historical Pragmatics.

We are now delighted to organize a new online conference to further showcase our interdisciplinary work. This year’s conference will replace the online lecture series for 2024. Many thanks to all colleagues who have looked to support the Network, we look forward to welcoming you to the conference!

Best wishes,
Kim Ridealgh (UEA), Luis Unceta Gomez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Annick Paternoster (University of Lugano)

June 14, 2023

The Historical Politeness Network for Ancient Languages Online Series 2023

Talk on Friday 9 June 2023 at 4pm UK time: "Conversation Analysis and Politeness in Greek Tragedy" by Dr Evert van Emde Boas (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Access the talk at (with a sincere apology for the misspelling of Dr Amory's first name in the title of the recording):

https://ueanorwich-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/cer14geu_uea_ac_uk/EZ33joVTD-NHoBAwV6K0m8ABsXYePWZJUy2JzFDwB1kdnA

April 27, 2023

The Historical Politeness Network for Ancient Languages Online Series 2023

Talk on Friday 21 April 2023 at 4pm UK time: "An alternative approach to politeness in ancient sources: Greek letters on papyrus through the lens of multimodality" by Dr Yasmine Amory (Ghent University, Belgium)

Access the talk at (with a sincere apology for the misspelling of Dr Amory's first name in the title of the recording):

https://ueanorwich-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/cer14geu_uea_ac_uk/Ede8ygBwVdhAjrLrV7R9h5kB_TNu8I_qjj_LN8J3bKUY4Q

March 20, 2023

The Historical Politeness Network for Ancient Languages Online Series 2023

Talk on Friday 17 March 2023 at 4pm UK time: "Third Party (Im)politeness in the Late Ramesside Letters" by Dr Kim Ridealgh (University of East Anglia, UK)

Access the talk at:

https://ueanorwich-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/cer14geu_uea_ac_uk/EYLIiCKxropPlilH1H6UEDIBfAeo2fVupSBEzpiWfZFDxw

Feb. 20, 2023

The Historical Politeness Network for Ancient Languages Online Series 2023

Talk on Friday 17 February 2023 at 4pm UK time: "Etiquette and Politeness in Nineteenth-Century AD Western Cultures" by Dr Annick Paternoster (University of Lugano, CH)

Access the talk at:

https://ueanorwich-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/cer14geu_uea_ac_uk/ER0VRVk3Eu5KowLvgjM9GDcBjLRbWaQMl7uD5nfeOP1aRQ

Jan. 16, 2023

The Historical (im)Politeness Network for Ancient Languages would like to invite you to join us for our virtual lecture series showcasing the latest research on historical (im)politeness in ancient languages and language families. All lectures will take place using Teams. The lecture series is now in its third year.

The network looks to promote research on historical pragmatics, (im)politeness, and interpersonal dynamics. Please do get in touch if you would like to learn more about us or would be willing to give a paper. The network has existed since 2014 and since then we have published two special issues of the Journal of Politeness Research and the Journal of Historical Pragmatics. We are now delighted to offer a virtual lecture series to further showcase our interdisciplinary work.

To register, please email Dr Maria Tsimpiri (M.Tsimpiri@uea.ac.uk). A Team’s link will be sent in advance of the talk to registered participants.

Programme for Spring:

Friday 17 February at 4pm UK time
Dr Annick Paternoster (University of Lugano, CH)
Etiquette and Politeness in Nineteenth-Century AD Western Cultures

Friday 17 March at 4pm UK time
Dr Kim Ridealgh (University of East Anglia, UK)
Third Party (Im)politeness in the Late Ramesside Letters

Friday 21 April at 4pm UK time
Dr Yasmin Amory (Ghent University)
An alternative approach to politeness in ancient sources: Greek letters on papyrus through the lens of multimodality

Friday 19 May at 4pm UK time
Dr Evert van Emde Boas (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Conversation Analysis and Politeness in Greek Tragedy

Wednesday 28 June and Thursday 29 June at 10am UK time

We are running two training workshops for colleagues wanting to know more about (im)politeness research and how to apply it to your data set. The first workshop looks to provide an overview of (im)politeness frameworks and approaches and the second will look at methodological considerations and how to practically apply the frameworks to your data.

May 4, 2022

The Historical Politeness Network for Ancient Languages Online Series 2022

Talk on Friday 29 April 2022 at 4pm UK time: "Politeness in Plato's Gorgias" by Professor Michael Lloyd (University College Dublin).

Access the talk at:

https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fueanorwich-my.sharepoint.com%2F%3Av%3A%2Fg%2Fpersonal%2Fcer14geu_uea_ac_uk%2FEUtG8zNWriRAtMRnia1FVDwBt8deZdmqvdhKAEU9gg2FZw%3Fe%3DqBsPfh&data=05%7C01%7CM.Tsimpiri%40uea.ac.uk%7Cccdd06082a6142e0e39608da2d0d36aa%7Cc65f8795ba3d43518a070865e5d8f090%7C0%7C0%7C637871832007034515%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=LDZPE9Elo%2F0nL9L19teWvUk6jhG8MIKEBcjNIwNbxk4%3D&reserved=0

April 8, 2022

The Historical Politeness Network for Ancient Languages Online Series 2022

Talk on Friday 25 March 2022 at 4pm UK time: "Politeness and impoliteness in the ancient Greek address system" by Professor Eleanor Dickey (University of Reading).

Access the talk at:

https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fueanorwich-my.sharepoint.com%2F%3Av%3A%2Fg%2Fpersonal%2Fcer14geu_uea_ac_uk%2FEZnZnVhsoJ5Fj0g6GXkCesEBkBOuTD80yzOMF4MwYvXnMw%3Fe%3DbS16e6&data=04%7C01%7CM.Tsimpiri%40uea.ac.uk%7C95aa901b9e7b4bb8f09908da194f0a03%7Cc65f8795ba3d43518a070865e5d8f090%7C0%7C0%7C637850124495743276%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=OgXB0JL4YXU7dCoHP%2B9Pwa546nepuTLYpFe05UGQumo%3D&reserved=0

March 10, 2022

The Historical Politeness Network for Ancient Languages Online Series 2022

Talk on Friday 25 February 2022 at 4pm UK time (rescheduled for Friday 4 March 2022 at 3pm UK time): "Behaviour(s) of lower status individuals in Old Kingdom Egypt" by Dr Aurore Motte (University of Mainz).

Access the talk at:

https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fueanorwich-my.sharepoint.com%2F%3Av%3A%2Fg%2Fpersonal%2Fcer14geu_uea_ac_uk%2FEZ3aW7SrRCxHnb08KkvxAfQBw5cg6wu9D1ki5IAVkI3zBA%3Fe%3D1k0tCA&data=04%7C01%7CM.Tsimpiri%40uea.ac.uk%7Ce750a33ad6f44ea6e11a08da073225fc%7Cc65f8795ba3d43518a070865e5d8f090%7C0%7C0%7C637830209203752447%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=akkvDu9SbjdXEhD91gxbmf7E%2F1Vu2GMnANISaHu%2FEzQ%3D&reserved=0

Jan. 24, 2022

The Historical Politeness Network for Ancient Languages would like to invite you to join us for our new virtual lecture series showcasing the latest research on historical politeness in ancient languages. All lectures will take place using Teams.

The network looks to promote research on historical pragmatics, politeness, and interpersonal dynamics within ancient languages. Please do get in touch if you would like to learn more about us or would be willing to give a paper. The network has existed since 2014 and since then we have published two special issues of the Journal of Politeness Research and the Journal of Historical Pragmatics. We are now delighted to offer a virtual lecture series to further showcase our interdisciplinary work.

To register, please email Dr Maria Tsimpiri (M.Tsimpiri@uea.ac.uk). A Team’s link will be sent in advance of the talk to registered participants.

Programme for Spring:

Friday 25 February at 4pm UK time
Dr Aurore Motte (University of Mainz)
Behaviour(s) of lower status individuals in Old Kingdom Egypt

Friday 25 March at 4pm UK time
Professor Eleanor Dickey (University of Reading)
Politeness and impoliteness in the ancient Greek address system

Friday 29 April at 4pm UK time
Professor Michael Lloyd (University College Dublin)
Politeness in Plato's Gorgias

Friday 27 May at 4pm UK time
Dr Kim Ridealgh (University of East Anglia)
Politeness in the Late Ramesside Letters

May 10, 2021

Forthcoming:

F. Mari & Ch. Wendt (eds), Shaping Good Faith. Modes of Communication in Ancient Diplomacy, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner 2021

May 10, 2021

Published monograph:

Le héros comme il faut. Codes de comportement et contextes sociaux dans le monde d’Ulysse, Paris: Éditions De Boccard, 2021, 306 p. (ISBN: 978-2-7018-0596-2)

May 7, 2021

February – June 2021 Online Lecture Series: The Historical Politeness Network for Ancient Languages would like to invite you to join us for our new virtual lecture series showcasing the latest research on historical politeness in ancient languages (this semester we will cover ancient Egyptian, ancient Greek, Latin and Sanskrit).

All lectures will take place using Zoom.

To register, please email Dr Maria Tsimpiri (M.Tsimpiri@uea.ac.uk).

A zoom link will be sent in advance of the talk to registered participants.

Friday 12 February 2021 at 4pm UK time Community and Service: Politeness Strategies in 6th Dynasty Egyptian Letters (ca. 2300-2100 BCE) Victoria Almansa Villatoro (Brown University, USA)

Friday 12 March at 10am UK time TBC Federica Iurescia (University of Zurich)

Friday 16 April at 10am UK time TBC Luis Unceta Gómez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)

Friday 14 May at 10am UK time Computing Buddhist Politeness: Etiquette Algorithms for Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese Chris Handy (Leiden University, Netherlands)

Friday 11 June at 10am UK time The (Im)polite Envoy, or How to Approach Ancient Diplomatic Etiquette in terms of Politeness Francesco Mari (Free University, Berlin)

Jan. 7, 2021

Django transition:

The site is currently being transitioned from vanilla html to Django web framework in order to provide you with a cleaner interface and new features.

Nov. 30, 2020

Publication:

Almansa-Villatoro, M. Victoria. 2020. “Nepotism and Social Solidarity in Old Kingdom Correspondence: a Case Study on Facework and Discernment Politeness in P. Boulaq 8”, Lingua Aegyptia 28, 1-25.

Sept. 1, 2017

New domain:

We have recently registered historicalpoliteness.net as our new domain. Thank you for your patience as we modify the site to provide you with a better user experience.

Feb. 1, 2015

Conference panel:

Chris Handy from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada is convening a panel on politeness in religion at the American Association of Religion conference in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). The conference will be held in Novemeber 2015 (21 — 24). If you would be interested in joining the panel, please email Chris (handyca@mcmaster.ca). The panel will be the first of its kind at the AAR, and will include scholars working on Sanskrit, Islam, and Libyan Arabic: Contributions on the ancient world are very welcome!

Jan. 7, 2015

Papers are invited for the i-mean 4 conference on “Language and Impact”, which will take place at the University of Warwick, 9-11 April 2015.
Abstract submission deadline 31st January.

The i-mean 4 conference will address the relationship between language and impact: ‘Impact’ has become a buzz word and is increasingly used as a criterion for decisions on research policy and research funding. The impact of linguistic research has been particularly visible in a number of areas including but not limited to language variation and change, language and politics, language policy and language use, language and identity (e.g. in relation to professional identity, gender, ethnicity or age), corporate and health care discourse, leadership and teamwork and linguistic vitality among others. The impact of the different epistemological and methodological approaches and the impact of the language of impact, however, are more rarely addressed.

I-mean 4 aims to take a critical approach to impact and examine:

· the impact of different theoretical and methodological approaches to the development of the field and certain key topic areas (e.g. language and identity, language and culture, language and meaning),

· the impact of sociopragmatic and discourse analytic research outside academia,

· the impact and application of linguistic methodologies and analyses in social sciences,

· the impact of social interaction on language change synchronically and diachronically.

For more information see: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/al/research/conferences/i-mean_4/