DiscourseNet Congress #3

 Interdiscursive encounters in a polycentric world:
 Discourse Studies across language, culture and space

 11-14 September 2019

                                                              Paris Seine, Université de Cergy-Pontoise





You will need to register after your abstract has been accepted.

The concept of “Europe” or “the West” as an identifiable entity is disintegrating. At the same time,  the field of discourse studies has grown and differentiated at a dazzling rate across the globe. Discourse studies is known for theoretical orientations and methodological tools that account for the 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- 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.


Within the overarching frame of our contemporary entangled world, the third DiscourseNet Congress (DNC3) invites the broad community of discourse analysts around the world to take stock of the many developments in Discourse Studies. It also invites specific approaches to shifting conceptions of, for instance, “Europe”, “the global South” and “the West”. In the spirit of DiscourseNet, DNC3:


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 non-commercial 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:


Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted through the conference tool by 30 September 2018 on http://dnc3.discourseanalysis.net. 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. 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, specifying the language of the panel (dnc3@discourseanalysis.net).


An early-bird fee of 80€ will apply until 31 March 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.



Abstracts submitted online by 30 September 2018

Notifications of acceptance by 15 December 2018

Registration as presenting participant by 15 January 2019

Early bird registration fee applicable until 31 March 2019

Registration for non-presenting participants open until all available places have been filled.



Created in 2007 and funded by the DFG, ERC and other institutions, DiscourseNet is an interdisciplinary network of discourse researchers in the social sciences and humanities. Since its inception, DiscourseNet has organized more than 25 meetings, workshops and conferences in Europe (http://discoursenet.discourseanalysis.net).

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