Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD)

Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD) is an ongoing project which aims to foster and promote cross-disciplinary communication in critical discourse research. This site is intended as a resource for both students and scholars critically involved with discourse.

Amsterdam Summer School: Doing Research with Discourse Analysis

Amsterdam,  6-17 July 2015 

Doing Research with Discourse Analysis: A discourse perspective on making sense of social change.

New at the VU University this Summer: a 2-week course in “doing discourse analysis” across disciplines for students in the social sciences, history, health care, entrepreneurship and any other field in which language use is connected with social practice. The course includes lecturers from the VU University Amsterdam and Lancaster University.

Please click here [pdf] to download the flyer.


CDA20+ Press Release



CDA20+ Symposium: Reflections on Critical Discourse Analysis

 The CDA20+ Symposium is a historic event in academia, celebrating 20+ years of Critical Discourse Analysis (Amsterdam, 8-9 September 2014). It will facilitate two days of discussions among three generations of CDA experts and practitioners.

In January 1992 five academics (Teun van Dijk, Gunther Kress, Theo van Leeuwen, Norman Fairclough and Ruth Wodak) met informally in Amsterdam. They saw a role for the critical linguistic analysis of language use in institutional and interpersonal settings to study the interrelation between discourse and society, and to create social awareness and empowerment. This meeting constituted the foundation of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) as an academic paradigm.

At the CDA20+ Symposium, the founders of CDA, together with 75 scholars from four continents, will evaluate how CDA has developed over the past decades, what its future directions should be, and how it can contribute to social relevance in academia with new insights and research technologies. So far, major achievements have been the establishment of a cross-over of premises and methods of linguistics and the social sciences, the application of discourse analysis for mediation and the improvement of e.g. government communication.

The symposium aims to formulate new directions for critical discourse studies and analysis. It will facilitate discussions on establishing new ways of 'doing CDA' to account for and challenge social change, strengthening its social relevance and the promotion of social justice. One important case to be discussed at the meeting will be the future of the university. How can CDA contribute to academic integrity and critical thinking in the neoliberal university?

The symposium has been organized by a team from the two universities of Amsterdam, and beyond.

It is a closed event; all 80 places have been taken.

The CDA20+ organizing Team

Bertie Kaal, Nicolina Montesano Montessori, Karen Verduyn and Ida Sabelis at the VU;

Anne Bannink, Jet van Dam van Isselt, and Manon van der Laaken at the UvA; and

Steve Oswald in Fribourg


Sponsors: We are grateful for the support of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science (KNAW), VU University of Amsterdam (Faculties of Humanities, Economics and Business Administration, Social Sciences and the Network Institute), the University of Amsterdam’s Communication and Language Centre (ACLC), and several publishers.

Press contacts

Bertie Kaal;  +31 6 5028 4541

Nicolina Montesano Montessori at.  6 239 08179


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CfP: 7th Lodz Symposium: New Developments in Linguistic Pragmatics (NDLP2015)

University of Łódź, Poland

Department of Pragmatics

Łódź, 12-14 April 2015



This 7th edition of the NDLP conference series aims to respond to a surge of new research in pragmatics, with a view to bringing together the novel, empirically, experimentally and clinically based models, and classical topics/frameworks such as Gricean pragmatics, Speech Act Theory and presupposition. We encourage papers (re-)examining the semantics-pragmatics boundary, which has been sometimes blurred by the confrontation of the new and the traditional frameworks. Proposals are welcome at the intersection of the philosophy of language and pragmatics dealing with theoretical, methodological and definitional issues, as well as issues of interdisciplinarity in pragmatic investigation.

While we specially encourage presentations of theoretical approaches which have a basis in empirical studies, or allow for experimentally testable predictions, the conference continues to be open to all kinds of pragmatics oriented research recognizing pragmatics as a functional (i.e. cognitive, social and cultural) perspective on language and communication. This applies to functional studies involving multiple and heterogeneous territories: everyday discourse, (online) media, education, political and professional settings, problems of linguistic construction and maintenance of identity, communicative genres, issues of multilingualism and linguistic pluralism, pragmatic aspects of translation, pragmatic awareness in foreign language teaching, and more.



The following distinguished scholars have accepted to address the conference as keynote speakers:

  • Mira ARIEL (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
  • Anita FETZER (University of Augsburg, Germany)
  • Michael HAUGH (Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia)
  • Andreas MUSOLFF (University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK)
  • Jef VERSCHUEREN (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Deirdre WILSON (University College London, UK)


Abstract submission deadline: 1 November 2014.  Please visit conference website for submission instructions.

CfP: 1st European Conference on Argumentation

1st European Conference on Argumentation – ECA Lisbon 2015

Argumentation and Reasoned Action

9-12 June 2015, Lisbon, Portugal


The European Conference on Argumentation (ECA) is a new pan-European initiative aiming to consolidate and advance various streaks of research into argumentation and reasoning: from philosophical, linguistic, discourse analytic, cognitive, to computational approaches. The chief goal of the initiative is to organize on a regular basis a major conference on argumentation. The first of these conferences will be hosted in Lisbon by the ArgLab, Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA), Universidade Nova de Lisboa. While based in Europe, ECA involves and further encourages participation from argumentation scholars all over the world.


  • JOHN R. SEARLE  (Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • ISABELA FAIRCLOUGH & NORMAN FAIRCLOUGH (Discourse Analysis, University of Central Lancashire & University of Lancaster, UK)
  • SIMON PARSONS (Computer Science, University of Liverpool, UK) 


Argumentation and Reasoned Action

The primary idea behind this first edition of the conference is that argumentation and reasoning are the main vehicles for our decisions and actions. They accompany, indeed constitute, a variety of significant social practices: from individual practical reasoning, small group decisions, deliberations of official bodies in various institutional contexts, to large-scale political and social deliberations. Argumentation is understood here as a mode of action – and not just any action, but a reasoned action, comprised of consideration of reasons (whether they are good or bad). Traditionally, argumentation has been assigned many distinct functions: epistemic, moral, conversational, etc. The aim of the conference is to explore how these functions are interrelated with the practical need for deciding on a course of action. Simply put, our chief concern is with the role argumentation and reasoning play when the question of “what to do?” is addressed.

All kinds of approaches to argumentation and reasoning are welcome: the (informal) logical, (pragma-)dialectical, rhetorical, but also contributions that examine argumentation from the perspective of practical reasoning in moral philosophy and philosophy of action; deliberation in political theory; public policy analysis; legal decisions in philosophy of law; cognitive study of reasoning and decisions; models of decision-making in computer science; organisational, small-group, and interpersonal communication; or discourse analytic methods examining the linguistic tokens of argumentative practices.

The conference will be focused on, but not limited to, the following topics: 

-          Practical reasoning and argumentation
-          Fallacious arguments and bad decisions
-          Argumentation and decision-making in institutional (education, health, business) and interpersonal contexts
-          Argumentation and deliberation in the public sphere
-          Public policy debates and public controversies
-          Argumentation in digital media
-          Visual arguments as modes of action
-          Models of argumentative dialogues
-          Argumentation in multi-agent systems
-          Legal arguments and legal decisions
-          Cognitive mechanisms behind argumentative practices

Submissions from students and young scholars are encouraged. 

DEADLINE for submission: 1 October 2014 

CfP: Political Linguistics III


(Re)construing nationhood in ‘(un)doing Europe' today?

Warsaw, 8-10 May 2014

Conference theme and foci
The conference will examine the current nexus between national and European thinking (in talk and text). Our focus is on the various discursive (re)constructions of national identification vis-à-vis Europe (and the contemporary world in the background): whether, and if so, then how, where and why, the ongoing discourses of European integration (and disintegration) invigorate, mute, or simply redefine national talk in (semi)public practices and domains, whether domestically or internationally. Relational, dynamic and integrative perspectives on nationhood are welcome in particular: how does the national element interact with other social dimensions and categories, especially those based in regional, global, political, professional or gender and age-related variation? What is the role of ideologies and policies of multiculturalism, employment, race and immigration? Do national (and nationalistic) arguments correlate with parameters of social diversification (economic, educational; elitist and egalitarian attitudes)?

The conference will address discursive (texts, genres, metaphors, etc.), and more broadly, semiotic (artifacts, images, icons, etc.) manifestations of nationhood in how Europe is being ‘done', but also‘undone' today This, we hope, will reveal various aspects, sites and styles of interdiscursivity and dialogization of difference (in the sense of Bakhtin) over issues involving national, European and international concerns. We welcome contributions examining interactions marked by power differential (esp. among citizens, politicians, experts and authorities).

We invite papers exploring various contexts, domains and practices (politics, media, business, research and education, religion, sports and entertainment, tourism, health and environment protection), as well as different media and technologies (old and new media; translation and interpretation; sign language; school and academic teaching).We envision the conference as an international and interdisciplinary forum of discussion, gathering scholars working within or (preferably) at the intersection of different methodologies: discourse analysis, critical discourse studies, pragmatics, (new) rhetoric, Systemic-Functional Linguistics, Register & Genre Theory, narrative theory, ethnography, social semiotics, multimodal analysis, and related approaches with communication at the forefront.

We are pleased to announce the following plenary speakers:

  • Prof. Peter Berglez, Örebro University, Sweden
  • Prof. Elżbieta Hałas, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Prof. Leszek J. Korporowicz, Jagiellonian University, Poland
  • Prof. Michał Krzyżanowski, Örebro University, Sweden
  • Prof. John E. Richardson, Loughborough University, UK
  • Prof. Carlo Ruzza, University of Trento, Italy & University of Leicester, UK

The conference languages are English, German and Polish. Papers will be allocated 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions. Abstracts of no more than 300 words including references should be sent as MS Word attachment to by 15 December 2013. Please include in the body of the email but not in the abstract itself your name, affiliation and email address. Notifications of acceptance will be communicated by 15 January 2014.