Ending the Critics-L list ...

Adriana Bolívar abolivar_2000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Nov 8 13:10:33 UTC 2010

Dear Teun and all:
The list may not have been very active but the discussions I have followed have 
been very inspiring. Thank you Teun for all your efforts, and good luck in your 
new project, which sounds great (and not impossible).
Thank you Jeremy for taking over.
Saludos desde Caracas.

Dr. Adriana Bolívar
Profesora Titular
Universidad Central de Venezuela

De: Teun A. van Dijk <teun at DISCOURSES.ORG>
Enviado: jue, noviembre 4, 2010 4:47:40 PM
Asunto: Ending the Critics-L list ...

Dear friends,

The Internet Service Provider - ISP -  (Surfnet, the Netherlands) which I have 
been using for several lists, including the CRITICS-L list, is going to shut 
down its LISTSERV activities as from January. 

This also means the end of the CRITICS-L list, at least with this ISP. Since the 
list has barely been active, except for the very useful conference messages of 
some of my (ex) PhD students, and an occasional book announcement, I have 
decided to stop my activity as list convenor on this occasion. 

However, I can imagine that some of you would like to continue the list, and if 
there are proposals, please post to to this list, so that we can see who can 
provide a stable infrastructure to maintain the list for at at least several 
years. Indeed, there may be other ways to communicate besides such a traditional 

Since I (must) retire from my actual position at Pompeu Fabra University in May 
2013, I have been planning to try to found an international PhD "school", 
whether or not associated with one of the universities here in Barcelona. It is 
my intention to call this school CRITICS (Center for Research into Text/Talk, 
Information and Communication in Society) - and thus realize part of the aims of 
the CRITICS Foundation we founded in the 1990s. If this plan could be realized 
(which is not at all sure) then somehow the CRITICS-L list might be restored 
again. The aim of the CRITICS center is to offer brilliant PhD students in 
critical discourse studies one year of specialized assistance with their thesis, 
with a staff of the best international scholars in the field who would each 
teach in the center for one week per year, thus allowing a very prestigious 
program. Unfortunately, in the present dire economic situation in Spain, such a 
center could only be realized if it is self-financing and hence be based on (for 
Spain) high tuition costs of about 10,000 euros annually. I'll keep you posted 
about these plans - even if the CRITICS-L is discontinued.

Best wishes

Teun A. van Dijk
Pompeu Fabra University 
Dept. of Translation and Language Sciences
138, Roc Boronat
08018 Barcelona, Spain
E-mail: teun at discourses.org
Web: www.discourses.org

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