Call for papers: Special issue of Critical Discourse Studies: The discourse of crisis and austerity

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Call for papers: Special issue of Critical Discourse Studies
The discourse of crisis and austerity: Critical analyses of business
and economics across disciplines
Deadline for submissions: 1st May 2014

On 3rd and 4th September, 2013 Newcastle University hosted the
following conference:  The discourse of austerity: Critical analyses
of business and economics across disciplines. This event brought
together scholars from a variety of academic backgrounds across the
social sciences, identifying significant common ground in the
methodological and theoretical interests of critical approaches to
discourse, business and economics with a specific focus on business
and economics in the post-financial crisis ‘age of austerity’. The
critical nature of these contributions often held shared concerns with
ideology; in the textual representations, discursive practices and
social impact of austerity in local, national and global contexts. Our
key concern at this conference was to address how power, inequality
and interests are brought into play through institutionalised
language-practices and representations.

Subsequent to the success of this event, we are issuing an open call
for papers for a special issue of Critical Discourse Studies. Whilst
papers from the conference will be considered for publication,
submissions are not restricted to those who attended.

This call for papers expands upon those contributions from the
conference by welcoming authors to submit papers conducting discursive
analyses of austerity and broader issues concerning the global
financial crisis. Papers are not limited to any particular discipline
but should be concerned with analyses of the discursive constructs and
representations of economic, financial and business policies and
practices in the pre- or post- financial crisis era.

Authors will come from areas including, but not limited to,
journalism, business, strategy, management, media and cultural
studies, and linguistics. The shared interests of papers will open the
opportunity for inter-disciplinary thinking amongst economic and
political contexts of crisis and austerity. Papers should deliver
research and discursive analysis in areas including but not limited

Media coverage of the credit crunch, financial crisis and recession
Government policy and economic strategy
Corporate discourse in economic and social contexts
Discourses of the City and banking sector
Journalism, political economy  and media ownership
Common crises, shared ethics: The future of business and/or journalism education
Language, discourse, and business/economics
Power and ideology during austerity
Public discourse and/or public opinion on economic policy
Discourses of the European Union, the Euro, and austerity
Business and taxation
Legal issues in global economics
Discourses of the free market, growth, globalisation and neo-liberalism
Counter-discourses of protest groups and social movements
Cross-national comparisons of the discourse of the finance crisis

We particularly welcome contributions which focus on the role of
ideology: the unquestioned, accepted and inevitable (naturalised) role
of ideology; how ideology impacts upon the political and economic
environment of society; and the significant role ideology plays within
the context of austerity. Due to the academic diversity of this
project and prospective publication we feel that social, economic and
political research will benefit from our continued efforts to bridge
the previous distance between academic backgrounds that hold shared
interests in the field of critical discourse studies. The synergy
encouraged through this project has already provided opportunities to
mobilise interdisciplinary research activities within and beyond
Newcastle University.

Please submit full papers of no more than 8,000 words to
Darren.Kelsey at by 1st May 2014.

Guest Editors:

Dr Darren Kelsey, Lecturer in Journalism and Discourse Studies,
Newcastle University
Professor Andrea Whittle, Professor of Management and Organization
Studies, Newcastle University
Professor Frank Mueller, Professor of Strategy & International
Business, Newcastle University
Dr Majid KhosraviNik, Lecturer in Media and Discourse Studies,
Newcastle University
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