Wednesday, February 27, 2008

"CADAAD 2008," Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines, University of Hertfordshire, July 10-12, 2008.

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. Following the success of the project’s first international conference hosted at the University of East Anglia in 2006, we are pleased to announce the second international conference CADAAD’08, to be hosted at the University of Hertfordshire, 10-12 July 2008. In line with the general aims of the project, we welcome papers both from CDA and neighbouring disciplines such as communication studies, media studies, narrative studies, sociology, philosophy and political science. Abstracts are invited which assess the state of the art and offer new directions for critical discourse research. By new directions we mean i) theoretical/methodological development and/or ii) analysis of contemporary discourses. Theoretical/methodological frameworks sourced from all areas of the social and cognitive sciences are welcome. Papers exploring the following frameworks in linguistics are particularly welcome:
  • Cognitive Linguistics (Blending, Construction Grammars, Framing, Metaphor)
  • Corpus Linguistics (Corpus Construction, Data Extraction, Semantic Prosody)
  • Pragmatics (Presupposition, Relevance Theory, Speech Acts)
  • Systemic Functional Linguistics (Cohesion and Coherence, Grammatical Metaphor)

Analyses of all contemporary discourses are welcome, including those within applied and professional areas such as business, education, environment, health, and law. Papers applying critical analysis to discourses used in the construction of 'minority' vs. 'normality' and other dichotomies are especially welcome. Areas of particular interest include:

  • Discourse on gender
  • Discourse of International Law
  • Discourse on immigration
  • Discourse of the war on terror
  • European Union discourse
  • United Nations and foreign aid discourse
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