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DiscourseNet International Congress #1

Discourse: Language, Society, Critique

24-26 September 2015

University of Bremen, Germany


*** The registration for the conference is closed now. The final version of the program can accessed here online. ***

While ‘discourse’ has long been an object of investigation in various disciplines, the contours of a new transdisciplinary field of research are now coming to the fore: Discourse Studies. Discourse Studies comprises numerous strands and approaches which deal with the social production of meaning at the intersection of language and society. While opening up critical perspectives on social problems in contemporary societies, research on discourse typically aims to account for meaningful phenomena in their social entanglements: discourse as knowledge and power, discourse as language in use, discourse as text in context, discourse as communicative practice.

One of the challenges in Discourse Studies has been to articulate the epistemological reflexivity and theoretical culture in the humanities with the theoretical resources and the methodological tools of empirical social research, most notably with a background in poststructuralism, interactionism and Critical Discourse Analysis. Given an increasing need for interdisciplinary exchange, the DiscourseNet First International Congress aims to represent the many strands, schools, and perspectives in Discourse Studies, from the humanities to the social sciences, from interactionism and praxeology to poststructuralism and critical theories, from strictly interpretive to quantifying methodologies.


For more information on guests and topics please go to see the full call for papers. The submission of abstracts has ended on 24 March 2015. Notifications of acceptance will be communicated by 1 May 2015. If accepted, the early-bird fee (until July 1, 2015) will be 150 € for fully funded researchers and a reduced fee of 75 € for enrolled students without access to institutional funding. The local organising committee can be contacted at DiscourseNet

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