Diane Riskedahl

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Office: AP 348

Research Keywords: Linguistic anthropology; Language and Politics; Nationalism; Media; Political Advertising

Research Region: Lebanon; the Middle East

Research Bio

Diane Riskedahl studies the linguistic mediation of political practices in Lebanon. She has published on the political uses of historical memory, “A Sign of War: The Strategic Use of Violent Imagery in Contemporary Lebanese Political Rhetoric” in Language and Communication (2007, vol. 27 issue 3). She has also looked at how the metaphor of family relations has been used in political rhetoric to negotiate Lebanese national relations with the neighboring Syrian state in “The sovereignty of kin: political discourse in Post-Ta’if Lebanon”, Political and Legal Anthropology Review (2011, vol. 34 issue 2).

Diane has recently expanded her research on the intersection of language and politics to look at the field of media with a particular focus on political advertising. She is currently publishing a paper “Lebanese political advertising and the dialogic emergence of signs” Pragmatics (forthcoming) that discusses the historical evolution of political media discourses in the Lebanese post civil war context.


2015.  Lebanese Political Advertising and the Dialogic Emergence of Signs. Pragmatics 25(4): 535-551.

2011.  The Sovereignty of Kin: Political Discourse in Post-Ta’if Lebanon. Polar (Political and Legal Anthropology Review) 34(2): 233-250.

2007.  The sign of war: The strategic use of violent imagery in contemporary Lebanese political rhetoric. Language & Communication 27: 307-319.