The project to be carried out during the foreign colleague's stay consists in a detailed study of the theoretical and methodological foundations for a monitoring program for diverse forms of international communication. The starting point is linguistic pragmatics, i.e. the interdisciplinary (cognitive, social, and cultural) study of language and communication, which is applied to obtain insights into communication flows pertaining to relations, in the public sphere, between different national, ethnic, cultural, or otherwise identifiable groups or communities, whether at the intra- or inter-state level, and often involving processes of nation building and identity construction. Though linguistic analysis is central to the endeavor, a successful pursuit requires taking into account the historical, social, and cultural anchoring of the flows of communication in question.
The project will result in the formulation of theoretically and methodologically justifiable practical procedures for systematically carrying out such monitoring, in an attempt to contribute to conflict prevention in view of local, regional, and global peace and stability.