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

Dear friends,

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, 
ComunicaciĆ³n, 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 
important resources:

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.

Warm regards

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

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