CALL FOR PAPERS: Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines 2008

Christopher Hart c.hart at LANCASTER.AC.UK
Tue Jun 19 09:54:38 UTC 2007

Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD) is 
an ongoing project which aims to foster and promote cross-disciplinary 
communication in critical discourse research. Following the success of 
the project’s first international conference hosted at the University of 
East Anglia in 2006, we are pleased to announce the second international 
conference CADAAD’08, to be hosted at the University of Hertfordshire, 
10-11 July 2008.

In line with the general aims of the project, we welcome papers both 
from CDA and neighbouring disciplines such as communication studies, 
media studies, narrative studies, sociology, philosophy and political 
science. Abstracts are invited which assess the state of the art and 
offer new directions for critical discourse research. By new directions 
we mean i) theoretical/methodological development and/or ii) analysis of 
contemporary discourses.

Theoretical/methodological frameworks sourced from all areas of the 
social and cognitive sciences are welcome. Papers exploring the 
following frameworks in linguistics are particularly welcome:

    * Cognitive Linguistics (Blending, Construction Grammars, Framing,
    * Corpus Linguistics (Corpus Construction, Data Extraction, Semantic
    * Pragmatics (Presupposition, Relevance Theory, Speech Acts)
    * Systemic Functional Linguistics (Cohesion and Coherence,
      Grammatical Metaphor)

Analyses of all contemporary discourses are welcome, including those 
within applied and professional areas such as education, environmental 
policy, health, and law. Papers applying critical analysis to discourses 
used in the construction of 'minority' vs. 'normality' and other 
dichotomies are especially welcome. Areas of particular interest include:

    * Discourse on gender
    * Discourse of International Law
    * Discourse on immigration
    * Discourse of the war on terror
    * European Union discourse
    * United Nations and foreign aid discourse

Reflecting our commitment to multiplicity in critical approaches to 
discourse analysis, the following plenary speakers have confirmed their 

    * Professor Piotr Cap (University of Lodz, Poland)
    * Professor Jonathan Charteris-Black (University of West England, UK)
    * Professor Teun van Dijk (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
    * Professor Ruth Wodak (Lancaster University, UK)

Abstracts of no longer than 400 words should be submitted as MS Word 
attachment to discourse at by 30 November 2007. Authors should 
include their name, affiliation and email address. Successful authors 
will be notified via email by 15 February 2008. Papers will be allocated 
twenty minutes plus ten minutes for questions.

We also invite proposals for theme sessions and satellite events. A 
theme session should consist of four or five thematically related 
papers. Satellite events, such as workshops and tutorials, may take 
place on 9 July 2008. Please send proposals to discourse at by 1 
October 2007.

Selected proceedings will be published. Selected papers from CADAAD’06 
were published in the inaugural issue of the journal Critical Approaches 
to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines 
( and additional papers from the 
Cognitive Linguistics theme session were published by Cambridge Scholars 
Press as “Cognitive Linguistics in Critical Discourse Analysis: 
Application and Theory” (Hart & Lukes, eds., 2007).

Please visit for further conference details.

Christopher Hart
Lecturer in English Language and Communication
School of Humanities
University of Hertfordshire

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