Second and last call: Seeking Review Editor for DISCOURSE & SOCIETY and DISCOURSE STUDIES

Teun A. van Dijk teun at HUM.UVA.NL
Wed Sep 20 14:17:36 UTC 2000

(Second and last call; deadline October 1, 2000)


DISCOURSE & SOCIETY and DISCOURSE STUDIES seek a new (joint) Book Reviews Editor

to replace Brian Torode (btorode at who is stepping down after ten years of
valuable service for the journals -- for which I would hereby like to thank him
in this public forum.

Applications for this (unpaid) post should be made --by e-mail-- to Teun A. van
Dijk (teun at, BEFORE OCTOBER 1, 2000.

Please include a (brief) curriculum vitae, information about editorial or review
experiences, and information about institutional support (especially for mailing
purposes). Please especially highlight your research and teaching experience in
the various areas of discourse studies.

The post, which offers a unique opportunity to observe and influence the
development of discourse studies, will be filled for three years in the first
instance, but may be renewed after that.


The Review Editor's primary expertise should be in (possibly several areas of)
the field of discourse studies and its neighborough disciplines. Especially a
broad overview and thorough knowledge of the literature of large areas of
discourse studies are welcome attributes of the Review Editor. Editorial
expertise is not required, but of course will be helpful. Knowledge of several
languages and about discourse analysis in several countries will be a valuable
asset of the Review Editor of these international journals.

Frequent e-mail correspondence with reviewers requires the review-editor to be
an efficient correspondent.

It is crucial that the Review Editor's institution should lend support to the
post, for instance by allowing to mail books to reviewers.


DISCOURSE & SOCIETY and DISCOURSE STUDIES are sister journals founded in 1990
and 1999 respectively. The latter appears quarterly and the first will appear 6
times a year as from 2001. Each issue typically includes four to six refereed
articles and six book reviews. Between them, the journals cover the burgeoning
field of  "discourse studies".  The division of labour between them is indicated
in the "Aims and Scope" statement which appears in each, as follows:

     DISCOURSE & SOCIETY is a critical journal. It favours contributions that
pay attention to the     detailed analysis of social and political relations of
power, dominance, and inequality, and to the role of discourse in their
legitimation and reproduction in society, for instance in the domains of gender,
race, ethnicity, class or world region.

    DISCOURSE STUDIES is a general journal for the study of discourse. It
favours articles and reviews that cross (sub)disciplinary boundaries, use
discourse data from different languages, and whose authors are able to
contribute to the ethnic and cultural diversity of the journal.  It intends to
stimulate debate through theoretical and analytical critique and renewal. It
especially welcomes studies of text or talk from linguistics, psychology,
communication studies, ethnomethodology, ethnography, law, medicine and
education, among other disciplines.

Book reviews are edited jointly for the two journals. Normally, a book will be
reviewed once only, either in DISCOURSE & SOCIETY or in DISCOURSE STUDIES.

Below I attach some further background information (kindly supplied by Brian
Torode) about the review process, as well as a list of books that have been
reviewed during the last years.

Those who have applied for this position already, need not apply again. There
applications will be considered at the same time as any new applications.

Teun A. van Dijk, Editor


Teun A. van Dijk
University of Amsterdam
Program of Discourse Studies

At present visiting professor at:

Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Institut Universitari de Lingüística Aplicada (IULA)
La Rambla 32
08002 Barcelona, Spain

Phone: +34-93-272.1200 (home/casa)
FAX:   +34-93-272.0106 (home/casa)

E-mail: teun at

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