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Mission and principles

DiscourseNet is a platform for anyone involved in Discourse Studies, broadly understood as a field studying social practices of meaning production in the entanglements of verbal and/or non-verbal communication. Discourse researchers mobilize theories and methods to account for objects at the intersection of language, power and society.

DiscourseNet provides a pluralist, multilingual, inclusive and non-hierarchical space for discourse scholars from all disciplinary and geographic backgrounds.  

DiscourseNet does not represent a particular school or disciplinary field. It offers a forum for all strands in Discourse Studies.

DiscourseNet encourages critical, democratic reflection on societal issues. It is open to social movements and political struggles outside academia. It aims to strike a productive balance between specialised academic knowledge and critical political awareness of issues in society at large.

DiscourseNet has existed since 2008. Coordinated by a Board, DiscourseNet organizes various events every year. It has created a web platform for Discourse Studies and runs various publication outlets.