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: 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.

CfP: 1st European Conference on Argumentation

1st European Conference on Argumentation – ECA Lisbon 2015

Argumentation and Reasoned Action

9-12 June 2015, Lisbon, Portugal


The European Conference on Argumentation (ECA) is a new pan-European initiative aiming to consolidate and advance various streaks of research into argumentation and reasoning: from philosophical, linguistic, discourse analytic, cognitive, to computational approaches. The chief goal of the initiative is to organize on a regular basis a major conference on argumentation. The first of these conferences will be hosted in Lisbon by the ArgLab, Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA), Universidade Nova de Lisboa. While based in Europe, ECA involves and further encourages participation from argumentation scholars all over the world.


  • JOHN R. SEARLE  (Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • ISABELA FAIRCLOUGH & NORMAN FAIRCLOUGH (Discourse Analysis, University of Central Lancashire & University of Lancaster, UK)
  • SIMON PARSONS (Computer Science, University of Liverpool, UK) 


Argumentation and Reasoned Action

The primary idea behind this first edition of the conference is that argumentation and reasoning are the main vehicles for our decisions and actions. They accompany, indeed constitute, a variety of significant social practices: from individual practical reasoning, small group decisions, deliberations of official bodies in various institutional contexts, to large-scale political and social deliberations. Argumentation is understood here as a mode of action – and not just any action, but a reasoned action, comprised of consideration of reasons (whether they are good or bad). Traditionally, argumentation has been assigned many distinct functions: epistemic, moral, conversational, etc. The aim of the conference is to explore how these functions are interrelated with the practical need for deciding on a course of action. Simply put, our chief concern is with the role argumentation and reasoning play when the question of “what to do?” is addressed.

All kinds of approaches to argumentation and reasoning are welcome: the (informal) logical, (pragma-)dialectical, rhetorical, but also contributions that examine argumentation from the perspective of practical reasoning in moral philosophy and philosophy of action; deliberation in political theory; public policy analysis; legal decisions in philosophy of law; cognitive study of reasoning and decisions; models of decision-making in computer science; organisational, small-group, and interpersonal communication; or discourse analytic methods examining the linguistic tokens of argumentative practices.

The conference will be focused on, but not limited to, the following topics: 

-          Practical reasoning and argumentation
-          Fallacious arguments and bad decisions
-          Argumentation and decision-making in institutional (education, health, business) and interpersonal contexts
-          Argumentation and deliberation in the public sphere
-          Public policy debates and public controversies
-          Argumentation in digital media
-          Visual arguments as modes of action
-          Models of argumentative dialogues
-          Argumentation in multi-agent systems
-          Legal arguments and legal decisions
-          Cognitive mechanisms behind argumentative practices

Submissions from students and young scholars are encouraged. 

DEADLINE for submission: 1 October 2014 

CfP: Political Linguistics III


(Re)construing nationhood in ‘(un)doing Europe' today?

Warsaw, 8-10 May 2014

Conference theme and foci
The conference will examine the current nexus between national and European thinking (in talk and text). Our focus is on the various discursive (re)constructions of national identification vis-à-vis Europe (and the contemporary world in the background): whether, and if so, then how, where and why, the ongoing discourses of European integration (and disintegration) invigorate, mute, or simply redefine national talk in (semi)public practices and domains, whether domestically or internationally. Relational, dynamic and integrative perspectives on nationhood are welcome in particular: how does the national element interact with other social dimensions and categories, especially those based in regional, global, political, professional or gender and age-related variation? What is the role of ideologies and policies of multiculturalism, employment, race and immigration? Do national (and nationalistic) arguments correlate with parameters of social diversification (economic, educational; elitist and egalitarian attitudes)?

The conference will address discursive (texts, genres, metaphors, etc.), and more broadly, semiotic (artifacts, images, icons, etc.) manifestations of nationhood in how Europe is being ‘done', but also‘undone' today This, we hope, will reveal various aspects, sites and styles of interdiscursivity and dialogization of difference (in the sense of Bakhtin) over issues involving national, European and international concerns. We welcome contributions examining interactions marked by power differential (esp. among citizens, politicians, experts and authorities).

We invite papers exploring various contexts, domains and practices (politics, media, business, research and education, religion, sports and entertainment, tourism, health and environment protection), as well as different media and technologies (old and new media; translation and interpretation; sign language; school and academic teaching).We envision the conference as an international and interdisciplinary forum of discussion, gathering scholars working within or (preferably) at the intersection of different methodologies: discourse analysis, critical discourse studies, pragmatics, (new) rhetoric, Systemic-Functional Linguistics, Register & Genre Theory, narrative theory, ethnography, social semiotics, multimodal analysis, and related approaches with communication at the forefront.

We are pleased to announce the following plenary speakers:

  • Prof. Peter Berglez, Örebro University, Sweden
  • Prof. Elżbieta Hałas, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Prof. Leszek J. Korporowicz, Jagiellonian University, Poland
  • Prof. Michał Krzyżanowski, Örebro University, Sweden
  • Prof. John E. Richardson, Loughborough University, UK
  • Prof. Carlo Ruzza, University of Trento, Italy & University of Leicester, UK

The conference languages are English, German and Polish. Papers will be allocated 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions. Abstracts of no more than 300 words including references should be sent as MS Word attachment to by 15 December 2013. Please include in the body of the email but not in the abstract itself your name, affiliation and email address. Notifications of acceptance will be communicated by 15 January 2014.

CADAAD 2014: CfP Now Out

 CADAAD 2014 will take place in Budapest, Hungary.  Further information, including the call for papers, is available here.

CfP: nnovative Methods and Technologies for Electronic Discourse Analysis

  The book aims to disseminate the challenges and successes in the search for innovative and effective methods of discourse analysis (DA) towards an understanding the new communicative contexts and the interaction of various media in shaping meaning and patterns of language use.  The book will be organized into three themes:

  • Electronic educational discourse: Developments in theory, methods and applications
  • Electronic discourse analysis: Innovations in theory, methods and applications in research on society and culture
  • Future trends: Emergent methods for the new media

Should you accept this invitation, please submit a 500 word proposal by April 8, 2012.  Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by June 8, 2012. Full chapters (7,000-12,000 words) are to be submitted by August 12, 2012. Papers should be original and should not be submitted for publication or published elsewhere.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints.This publication is anticipated to be released in 2013.

Further details can be found here.