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.

CfP: DiscourseNet 17: Reflexivity and Critique

University of Navarra (UNAV), Pamplona, Spain

16-18 March 2016

The 17th DN conference on reflexivity and critique offers a venue for exploring the different ways in which reflexivity and critique can be deployed in order to shape (our understandings of) selves, discourses and societies in meaningful ways. To this end, this conference hopes to bring together researchers interested in (a) the role of reflexivity and critique in the study of discourse and/or in (b) the role of reflexivity and critique play in the social realities we investigate. 

The use of language and other multimodal and symbolic systems of communication requires some degree of reflexive awareness. This reflexive awareness allows us to criticize our own discourses as well as the discourses of others. Without it, scientific, cultural and political debate could not take place. In some ways, all language users perform critical and less critical modes of discourse analysis on a daily basis. We would not be able to imagine alternative worlds if we were unable to make use of the reflexive potential of our systems of communication.

Reflexivity and critique take many forms and perform many functions. It is this multiplicity that we seek to address during this conference.

Full Call for Papers and further details at

DiscourseNet Spring School no2

University of Navarra (UNAV), Pamplona, Spain

21-24 March 2016

The second DiscourseNet Spring School will focus on the Critical usage of Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed-Method Software in Discourse Studies. The goal is to explore and experience the possibilities and limitations of software usage in discourse related research. As such, this school seeks to foster both critical awareness and knowledge about the way software can (not) be used in this interdisciplinary field of inquiry.

Technology is never neutral. The design and usage of any technology are always informed by implicit and explicit presuppositions about data, knowledge, reality, meaning, interpretation and subjectivity. Technologies shape and transform the objects it operates on – no matter if these objects are things or people. Keeping this principle in mind, this school offers a unique opportunity for beginning researchers to present their questions, doubts and ideas on using software in their discourse related analyses.

We welcome researchers from all field - linguistics, literature, ethnography, anthropology, communication studies, sociology, political science - interested in critical perspectives on discourse, on methodology,  and on discourse analysis. No prior knowledge about these tools is required. The goals is to get acquainted with a variety of options for doing digital discourse analysis.

Further details at:



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.