Call for Papers

The Social Implications of Genre in Historical News Language (CHINED VI)

21-23 June 2017, University of Sheffield

 The sixth international conference on historical news discourse (CHINED).


Proposal submission deadline 31 January 2017

The varieties of genre within news language have enabled it to retain a vitality which has kept readers interested in consuming the products of printed news for centuries. Beyond providing variety of representation, genre is a highly social, even ideological category. It is an integral aspect of the compact between writer and reader of news. Readers not only know what to expect within different news genres but beyond this they are enabled to locate themselves within a wide range of social and political contexts. Different generic strategies within news discourse draw particular social groups into historically specific styles of representation.  Contributions are therefore invited which explore the specific linguistic construction of genre in news language 1641 – 1945

Of particular interest are class and gendered aspects to genre:

  • Political reporting
  • Fashion writing
  • Advocacy journalism
  • Sports reporting
  • Letter writing
  • Leading articles
  • War reporting
  • Financial news
  • ‘Hard’ news
  • Crime news
  • Broadsheets and pamphlets
  • Radical press
  • Poetry as news
  • Metaphor in the news

Although there is a concentration of work in the English language presentations of work on news discourse in other languages are welcome. We encourage a wide range of methodological approaches including discourse, pragmatic, content analysis or stylistic, sociolinguistic approaches.

Proposals of up to 500 words are invited for papers of 20 minutes which address an aspect or aspects of genre in historical news discourse. Please email your proposal to by 31 January 2017. 

As in the past, it is envisaged that the conference will lead to the publication of a high-quality volume of essays.