Ending the Critics-L list ...

jeremy hunsinger jhuns at VT.EDU
Mon Nov 8 13:19:55 UTC 2010

I should say that I have offered to take it over, but Teun may want to go a different route, like google groups, which is also perfectly fine by me.  There are innumerable possibilities for hosting lists these days.

On Nov 8, 2010, at 8:10 AM, Adriana Bolívar wrote:

> 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.
> Adriana
> Dr. Adriana Bolívar
> Profesora Titular
> Universidad Central de Venezuela
> www.portalaled.com
> 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 list. 
> 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
> ___________________________________________________
> 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

Jeremy Hunsinger
Center for Digital Discourse and Culture
Virginia Tech


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