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.

CADAAD 2016 CfP now out!

 We are glad to announce that the 5th Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines Conference (CADAAD) will take place 5-7 September 2016 and will be hosted by the Università di Catania, Sicily.
CADAAD conferences are intended to promote current directions and new developments in cross-disciplinary critical discourse research. We welcome papers which, from a critical-analytical perspective, deal with contemporary social, scientific, political, economic, or professional discourses and genres. Possible topics include but are by no means limited to the following:

·            (New) Media discourses
·            Party political discourse
·            Advertising
·            Institutional discourse
·            Power and identity in discourse
·            Discourses of conflict and aggression
·            Discourses of migration/integration
·            Language and gender/sexuality
·            Nationalist discourses
·            Discourses of education
·            Discourses of the environment
·            Discourses of health and mental health
·            Discourses of business and economics
·            Language and the law
Within discourse contexts such as those listed above, we especially welcome papers which re-examine existing frameworks for critical discourse research and/or which highlight and apply new methodologies sourced from anywhere across the humanities, social and cognitive sciences including but without being limited to:

·            Cognitive Linguistics
·            Conversation and Discourse Analysis
·            Corpus Linguistics
·            Discursive Psychology
·            Ethnography of Communication
·            Forensic Linguistics
·            Functional Linguistics
·            Media and Mass Communication Studies
·            Multimodality
·            Political Science
·            Pragmatics and Argumentation Theory
·            Sociolinguistics
·            Sociology
Reflecting the diversity of topics and approaches in critical discourse studies, the following distinguished guests have confirmed their participation as plenary speakers:

·            Maria Carmela Agodi, Professor in Sociology at Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
·            Jannis Androutsopoulos, Professor of German and media linguistics at Universität Hamburg
·            Norman Fairclough, Professor Emeritus at Lancaster University
·            Nelya Koteyko, Reader in Applied Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London
·            Gerlinde Mautner, Professor in English Business Communication at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
·            Alan Partington, Professor in English linguistics at Università di Bologna
All papers will be allocated 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions. The language of the conference is English.
Abstracts of up to 350 words excluding references should be sent as MS Word attachment to before 15 December 2015. Please include in the body of the email but not in the abstract itself (1) your name, (2) affiliation and (3) email address. Notifications of acceptance will be communicated by 1 March 2016.
In addition to individual papers, panel proposals may also be submitted. Further details are available at:
Selected papers will be published in a thematically arranged volume to be submitted to an international publisher. Other selected papers will appear in a proceedings issue of the CADAAD journal.
For further information, please visit the conference webpages at or write to the local organising committee at

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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