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3rd DiscourseNet Congress: language and power in a polycentric world - discourse studies across language, culture and space

11-14 sept. 2019
Université de Cergy-Pontoise - Paris (France)

The concept of “Europe” or “the West” as an identifiable entity is disintegrating. At the same time, the field of Discourse Studies is growing at a dazzling rate across the globe and is no longer confined to Europe. Discourse studies is known for theoretical orientations and methodological tools that account for meaning production as a social practice mobilizing languages, media and technologies. It is thus uniquely placed to observe and analyse the shifting conceptions of a post-colonial, post-Eurocentric, post-west-and-the-rest world. The different understandings of the intersection of language and society, in the range of specific schools, theories and approaches within Discourse Studies promise to inspire conflicting analyses of the world today. The focus of Discourse Studies also varies according to the specific national or regional contexts in which issues of discourse, power, subjectivity, language and context are being problematized. For instance, Anglophone, French-, German-, Spanish-, Portuguese-, and Russian-speaking communities of discourse analysts and theorists are marked by dynamic debates, terminologies and approaches that are not always well known outside each language community. The third DiscourseNet congress aims to be a site where dialogue and reflection across and about different linguistic and national traditions of Discourse Studies can take place. DiscourseNet is an interdisciplinary network of discourse researchers who have organized more than 25 events in Europe over the past ten years. La Asociación LatinoAmericana de Estudios del Discurso (ALED) was formed in 1995 to promote the development of Discourse Studies in Latin America. A joint initiative of DiscourseNet and ALED, DNC3 - ALED invites specific approaches to shifting conceptions of, for instance, “Europe”, “the global South” and “the West”. Within the overarching frame of our contemporary entangled world, we invite discourse analysts from around the world to take stock of contemporary developments in Discourse Studies. DNC3 - ALED is open to discourse researchers from all disciplines, welcomes presentations in the many languages in which discourse research is being done today, aims to create and develop non-hierarchical and open spaces for dialogue and exchange. We especially welcome papers which re-examine existing discourse theoretical frameworks, articulate new approaches from different fields and schools, study social phenomena empirically and reflect on the critical potential of Discourse Studies. We also invite contributions that deal with theoretical and/or methodological challenges in Discourse Studies, preferably with a focus on the nexus of language and power. Broad types of discourse to be addressed include - but are not limited to: - media discourse - political discourse - academic discourse - educational discourse - institutional discourse - economic discourse - medical discourse - discourses of law and justice Researchers may focus on a wide variety of topics. We encourage papers that seek to develop novel approaches to, for instance: - subjectivity in contemporary society - discursive epistemology - indexicality - ideology and hegemony - governmentality and political rationality - protest and activism - materiality of/and discourse - critique and reflexivity - bi-, multi- and translingual communication - discourse and gender, class, migration, racism - populism - (neo-)fascism - discrimination - argumentation and rhetorics - social cognition - institutional discourse - workplace communication - practices and identities in the workplace - multimodal interaction and discourse analysis - online media formats and digital culture - materialism and discourse - digital culture and digital humanities - cross-cultural interaction, multilingualism and language policy - multimodality - corpus linguistics - conversation and interaction Keynote speakers: Laura Pardo, Argentina Caterina Carta, Canada Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted through the conference tool by 30 September 2018 on The abstracts can be for presentations in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian (other languages will be welcome as well). For any language to be represented, we need a minimum of 10 accepted presentations. If less than ten presentations in any one language are accepted, accepted papers may be presented in English or French (language options need to be indicated upon submission of the conference application). We invite all presenters to embrace the complexity and vibrancy of a multilingual conference. We encourage the submission of thematic panels (in one language). If you want to suggest a panel for the congress, please get in touch with us as early as possible (before the submission deadline), specifying the language of the panel ( An early-bird fee of 80€ will apply until 31 May 2019 for funded researchers and academic staff and a reduced fee of 30€ for self-funded researchers and enrolled students without access to institutional funding (after 1 June 2019: 100€/40€). There is a limited number of places for participants who do not present a paper, which are distributed on a first come, first serve basis.
Discipline scientifique : Sciences de l'Homme et Société

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