CFP: Theme Session on Risk as Discourse

Christopher Hart c.hart at LANCASTER.AC.UK
Fri Oct 12 15:15:29 UTC 2007

Dear all,

This call for papers is for a theme session at CADAAD'08.  For full
conference details visit

Chair: Jens O. Zinn, j.zinn at <mailto:j.zinn at>

In public and academic discourse risk gained ground in the last decades.
Many sociologists believe that risk has become the core category to
understand social reproduction and change (Beck 1992; Giddens 1991).
However, there are still major debates about the characteristics of risk
as a social semantic and how risk occupies a position as a social

This session invites papers from linguistics researchers, sociologists
and other social scientists who examine the semantic of risk, how risk
discourse takes place in different social domains and how it developed
historically. Contributions which reflect on the ideological character
of risk are particularly welcome.

This session is intended as an interdisciplinary session, which brings
together risk researchers and socio-linguists interested in discourse
analysis. It is organised by the Social Contexts and Responses to Risk
network (SCARR) and the research networks on the Sociology of Risk and
Uncertainty (SoRU) of the European Sociological Association (ESA, RN22)
and the International Sociological Association (ISA, TG04).

Please send abstracts no longer than 400 works by *end of November* to
j.zinn at <mailto:j.zinn at>

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

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