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Knowledge and Power in a Polycentric World

Call for Papers

Theme: Knowledge and Power in a Polycentric World
Subtitle: Discourses across Languages, Cultures and Space
Type: 3rd DisourseNet Congress in collaboration with ALED
Institution: DiscourseNet
  Associación LatinoAmericana de Estudios del Discurso (ALED)
  Université de Cergy-Pontoise
Location: Cergy-Pontoise (France)
Date: 11.–14.9.2019
Deadline: 30.9.2018

The legitimacy of "Europe" and "the West" as identifiable territorial
and imagined entities is in crisis. The awareness has grown of a
world becoming more polycentric. At the same time, the field of
Discourse Studies is growing at a dazzling rate across the globe.
Discourse Studies is known for theoretical orientations and
methodological tools that account for meaning production as a social
practice mobilizing languages, media and technologies. It is thus
uniquely placed to observe and analyse the shifting conceptions of a
post-colonial, post-Eurocentric, post-west-and-the-rest world.

The different understandings of the intersection of language and
society, in the range of specific schools, theories and approaches
within Discourse Studies promise to inspire conflicting analyses of
the world today. The focus of Discourse Studies also varies according
to the specific national or regional contexts in which issues of
power and language, subjectivity and inequality, language and context
are being problematized. For instance, Anglophone, French-, German-,
Spanish-, Portuguese-, and Russian speaking communities of discourse
analysts and theorists are marked by dynamic debates, terminologies
and approaches that are not always well known outside each language
community. The third DiscourseNet Congress, which is co-organized
with ALED, aims to be a site of dialogue and reflection across and
about different linguistic and national traditions in Discourse

Within the overarching frame of our contemporary entangled world, we
invite discourse analysts from around the world to take stock of
contemporary developments in Discourse Studies.


We welcome papers which re-examine existing discourse theoretical
frameworks, articulate new approaches from different fields and
schools, study social phenomena empirically and reflect on the
critical potential of Discourse Studies. We also invite contributions
that deal with theoretical and/or methodological challenges in
Discourse Studies, preferably with a focus on the nexus of knowledge
and power. Researchers may focus on a wide variety of topics. We
encourage contributions that seek to develop novel approaches to, for

- subjectivity in contemporary society,
- discursive epistemology,
- indexicality,
- ideology,
- knowledge and hegemony,
- governmentality in the knowledge economy,
- protest and activism,
- materiality of/and discourse,
- critique and reflexivity,
- bi-, multi- and translingual communication,
- language policy,
- discourse and gender,
- class,
- migration,
- racism,
- populism,
- (neo-)fascism,
- discrimination,
- argumentation and rhetorics,
- social cognition,
- institutional discourse,
- workplace communication,
- practices and identities in the workplace,
- multimodal interaction and discourse analysis,
- online media formats and digital culture,
- materialism and discourse,
- digital humanities,
- cross-cultural interaction,
- multimodality,
- corpus and computer-aided analysis,
- conversation and interaction...

The congress includes three formats:

- Individual paper presentations (20 minutes presentation plus 10
 minutes discussion)
- Panel sessions (usually 60 - 90 minutes on one theme). We also
 welcome suggestions for roundtables, workshops or more
 unconventional panel presentations. Please specify the form in your
- An ad-hoc “unconference” will be organized on one afternoon. The
 sessions are not planned in advance. Instead, all participants will
 have the opportunity to put sessions on the agenda during the
 congress itself. Participants may suggest topics, methods, theories,
 questions, problems, etc. No preparation necessary. For more
 information about the unconference format, see here.

Keynote speakers

- Caterina Carta, Canada (in English)
- Patrick Charaudeau, France (in French)
- Laura Pardo, Argentina (in Spanish)
- Viviane Resende de Melo, Brazil (in Portuguese)


- Submission of panel proposals (with all participants, titles and
 abstracts) as soon as possible but no later than September 30, 2018
 (20:00 CET)
- Submission of individual abstracts for individual papers and joint
 session papers: September 30, 2018 (20:00 CET) via the registration
- Notifications of acceptance for individual papers will be sent on
 December 15, 2018
- Preliminary version of conference contribution will be expected on
 July 31, 2019. These versions will be posted on the webpage.

For more information, please contact us via:

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