5th ESTIDIA Conference - Hybrid Dialogues: Transcending Binary Thinking and Moving Away from Societal Polarizations

The 5th ESTIDIA conference, to be held on 19-21 September 2019, is organised by ESTIDIA together with the I-LanD Interuniversity Research Centre and hosted by the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’. The theme of the conference was prompted by the risks and challenges posed by the increasing use of virulent polemics both on- and off-line that are constantly shifting the boundaries between traditionally dichotomous forms of communication (e.g., public/private, face-to-face/virtual, formal/informal, polite/impolite) and types of mindsets (e.g., trust/dis

Call for papers: Panel on “Language and sexuality before Stonewall”


This is a call for papers for a panel to be held at the 26th Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference, which will take place May 2-4, 2019, at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (conference website:


Call for papers: Panel on “Language and sexuality before Stonewall”

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Analyzing Discourse and Foucauldian Regimes of Power/Knowledge with the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse and related perspectives

The session will discuss empirical research on discourses and regimes of power/knowledge in different social areas, using the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse (SKAD). This perspective on discourses and their analysis draws on Foucault, Berger and Luckmann and the interpretative paradigm of sociology including symbolic interactionism and "communicative constructivism". In comparison to the Foucauldian tradition, SKAD focuses more on social actors and societal arenas of discursive disputes.

The Discursive Construction of Reality IV - Interdisciplinary perspectives on a sociology of knowledge approach to discourse research

Over the last decade, the research programme outlined by the sociology of knowledge approach to discourse (SKAD) has spread to many disciplines in social science. A common interest in discourse research has resulted in a widely distributed community that prevalently, but not exclusively, uses qualitative research designs to examine forms of 'discursive construction of reality'.

Violence in the Digital Age

Submitted by Jan Krasni on Sat, 09/15/2018 - 21:03

The digital age transformed the traditional forms of violence but also caused new ones. The hopes to overcome the negative sides of the human community in the age of Internet and social networks have come true only to a certain degree. New 'weaker' and more democratic communication modes reproduce the system of control and overall oppressing structure of victimization, but in an even more inclusive sense.

DNC3-ALED (Third DiscourseNet ALED Congress): Knowledge and power in a polycentric world. Discourses across languages, cultures and space

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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.

The GGS Annual Conference 2018 DiscourseNet22: Discourse, Power, Subjectivation

Discourse Studies cover a growing field of interdisciplinary research on meaning making practices, communicative activities and symbolic representations. Cultural studies, linguistics, media analysis, geography, and history, among others, highlight the role of texts, pictures and language in the constitution of truth and reality. Actor-oriented disciplines such as political science, sociology, pedagogy or economics and management studies are interested in the formation of subjectivities, 

DN23: Discourse, power and mind: between reason and emotion

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Discourse can be addressed as a vehicle for power, a positioning practice which enlightens the role and the relationship among the speakers. Power is a way of defying and measure relationships and interactions between individuals. These relations and interactions lead one part to affirm its will against another part, no matter on what bases this will is grounded (Weber, 1974).

Beyond Citizenship: Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging

The language of citizenship has, in recent years, been mobilized by feminists
to articulate a wide range of claims and demands. The notions of economic,
political, social, cultural, sexual/ bodily, and intimate citizenship, for example,
have all been developed and explored in terms of their normative potential and
their actual realization. In Europe, in particular, there has been a strong steer
from research funders and policy makers towards research agendas which
address the question of citizenship in the context of increasingly diverse and