Cornelia Ilie, Professor of English Linguistics
Department of Culture and Society
SE-205 06 Malmö, Sweden
Cornelia Ilie is Professor of English Linguistics at Malmö University, Sweden. She is the founder and coordinator of
EPARDIS (Europe and Parliamentary Discourses) http://www.epardis.idresearch.hu, a cross-European network for the interdisciplinary study of parliamentary practices She is also the founder and president of ENIEDA (European Network for Intercultural Education Activities), which promotes European collaborative research and teaching activities with an intercultural and multilingual scope http://www.uab.ro/enieda Since 2005 she has been a board member of IADA (International Association for Dialogue Analysis) http://www.iada-web.org/
Cornelia Ilie has held Visiting Professorships at several universities: Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain (2007); the University of Vienna, Austria (2008-2009); University of Bucharest, Romania (2009); Luiss University, Rome, Italy (2010).
During the 2010-2012 period she is acting as Visiting Professor at Dipartimento di Studi sullo Stato, Università degli Studi di Firenze.
Her main research interests include the discursive practices of institutional dialogue (particularly media, political discourse and parliamentary debates), argumentation analysis and cross-cultural rhetoric. Particular attention has been devoted to question-response patterns, manipulative strategies, stereotypes, and cross-cultural communication. In addition to numerous book chapters, refereed journal and encyclopedia articles, her recent publications include several books (Language and Ideology: Descriptive Cognitive Approaches, 2001; Language, culture, rhetoric: Cultural and rhetorical perspectives on communication, 2004; The use of English in institutional and business settings: An intercultural perspective, 2007). She has recently guest edited a special issue of Journal of Pragmatics (2010) entitled Pragmatic Perspectives on Parliamentary Discourse. Her latest edited volume, European parliaments under scrutiny: Discourse strategies and interaction practices (2010), was published by John Benjamins.
During the past decade Prof. Ilie’s research has focused on intercultural communication, parliamentary rhetoric and discourse practices, with an emphasis on MPs’ rhetorical strategies, confrontational forms of address, metadiscursive argumentation (through parentheticals and persuasive definitions), and unparliamentary language and behaviour.
Prof. Ilie is currently the coordinator of GENPARDIS – Gender and parliamentary discourse practices, a project funded by Vetenskapsrådet (2010-2012). The overall goal is to explore and scrutinise parliamentary discourse practices (particularly in the U.K. Parliament, the Swedish Riksdagen and the French Assemblée Nationale) from a gender perspective by combining relevant linguistic and rhetorical research with political history and gender studies. This project is being carried out in collaboration with PolTCH (The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Political Thought and Conceptual Change) www.coepolcon.fi, and with the project
GCRP (Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament), University of Warwick, Birkbeck College, Sheffield University and Bristol University)
Cornelia Ilie has initiated and coordinated several international research projects and networks. Over the past fifteen years she has coordinated the following externally funded projects or sub-projects: ‘Media discourse practices’ (1996-1997) funded by HSFR (The Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences); ‘The rhetoric of British, Polish and Swedish political debates’ (1997-2000) funded by Östersjöstiftelsen (The Baltic Sea Foundation); ‘Assuming citizenship roles: Deliberative dialogues in schools’ (2004-2006) funded by Östersjöstiftelsen (The Baltic Sea Foundation); ECIPARDIS – Europe and Citizenship in Parliamentary Discourses (2007-2008) funded by FAS (Forskningsrådet för arbetsliv och socialvetenskap) – The Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research.
Prof. Ilie is co-founder and associate editor of JOLIE (Journal of Linguistic and Intercultural Education). She is on the editorial board of refereed journals (The Linguistics Journal; Controversia: An International Journal of Debate and Democratic Renewal; Cogency: Journal of Reasoning and Argumentation); Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines (CADAAD); International Journal of Language Studies (IJLS); CALR Linguistics Journal. She is also member of the Editorial Board of the book series Argumentation in Context (John Benjamins).
She is a member of the IAU (International Association of Universities) Reference Group of Experts on Higher Education and Education For All and she acts as External reviewer for the Research Council for Culture and Society at the Academy of Finland, and as external examiner for several universities in Australia, Italy, Romania and Spain. Prof. Ilie is regularly invited as keynote speaker at international conferences and as guest lecturer at universities and academic institutions.