Now it is my turn to say: Thank you Celso!
Teun A. van Dijk
teun at DISCOURSES.ORG
Sun Nov 14 11:44:29 UTC 2010
First of all, now it is my turn to express thanks: To Celso for his
extraordinary fast and extremely practical proposal for a CRITICS
netvibe! As usual, he is much too modest: As it is the site is already
very complete, with many useful links, and ready to receive more content
that may be useful to all of us - as well as our students.
Celso was so kind as to offer the whole setup for me to take over, but
as I mentioned earlier, I simply am overburdened with urgent other work
(the journals, various websites, PhDs, my own research -- for which I
have less and less time) and right now the setting up of a new master
program (in Spanish) for Spain and Latin America, /Discurso,
Comunicación, Sociedad, /whose very detailed plan needs to be ready soon
for national evaluation, so that we can start in September 2012.
So, I asked Celso to provisionally keep control of the site until some
of us declares her- or himself a candidate for that role.
If the international CRITICS center I am now starting to (try to) set up
ever materializes here in Barcelona, and if we are able to get
secretarial and other assistance, we might be able to play a more active
role in the management of the CRITICS netvibe, a website, a List and
other activities mentioned in the document on the CRITICS Foundation and
activities kindly already posted on the CRITICS netvibe by Celso.
Incidentally this (old) document would need another Postscript of
2010, saying that most of the aims of the original CRITICS ideas and
plans are still relevant today, that (even tiny) CRITICS centers of
a few scholars and PhDs could and should be set up locally around
the world, each with its own website or netvibe, thus forming a
global network. Dramatically better than in 1991 (when I still
referred to sharing information with diskettes!!!), and even better
than in 2004, today the possibilities of the internet and other new
media are such that many of the earlier plans can now much easier be
For instance, the new CRITICS netvibe may be extended by at least three
1. *Documentation of scholars in CDA/CDS, *each represented by a
standard (easily updatable) bio-bibliographical note, with links to an
online personal website and/or List of Publications.
2. *Library of CDA/CDS papers. *List of links to (online) papers in PDF
format on various fields and topics of sociopolitical (critical)
research in language, discourse and communication. Each member would be
able to "drop" such links on the appropriate place of the netvibe.
3. *CDA/CDS Bibliography*. A CRITICS aim from the start. The complete
bibliography of CDA/CDS is of course much larger than papers that are
available on line, and also needs to include books and many other
references. Again, each member should be able to add her or his
references on CDA/CDS in a fixed format (e.g., APA) to form a
collective, searchable bibliography (ideally with keywords for each
reference to make searches independent of titles).
During the last two decades I have built up a (plain text, APA
format) personal bibliography of language, discourse,
communication, cognition, society etc. of more than 600,000+ titles
(many with keywords), with thousands of titles in CDA/CDS, and which
I use to provide instant bibliographies for students, colleagues and
journal authors (using a small search program that I had made for my
personal use). I could make this bibliography available for public
access on the CRITICS netvibe site, but I guess a useful
bibliography should be in the format of records with various fields
(Author, Title, etc.) and a standard bibliographical program for
There are already many useful content categories on the netvibe
presented by Celso, and I hope that you all will contribute -- and
especially also ask your students to get engaged, propose contents and
become active to make this site a success. The site is especially also a
very useful research for students -- especially when locally there are
not CDA/CDS specialists to supervise their research.
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
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