DNC4: The Impact of Discourse Studies on the Contemporary World | discourseanalysis

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Call for Papers, DiscourseNet Congress 4 in Budapest, Hungary, October 20-22, 2021

conference theme: The Impact of Discourse Studies on the Contemporary World - Making a Difference Inside and Outside the Academia

main organizer: Péter Furkó, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary

co-organizers: Jan Krasni (Tyumen, Russia), Benno Herzog (Valencia, Spain), Jens Maesse (Giessen, Germany), Johannes Angermuller (Open University, UK)

local organizers: Dóra Tóth (primary contact, toth.dora@kre.hu), Csilla Dér (KGU), Ágnes Abuczki (KGU), Nóra Csontos (KGU), Judit Nagy (KGU), Ildikó Vaskó (ELTE)


The primary aim of the congress is to explore ways in which the theory and practice of Discourse Studies can bring about social change. We invite participants to share ideas about how to help individuals and communities who are marginalized, discriminated against or disenfranchised (in the broader sense). We will also aim at co-creating opportunities with a variety of non-academic groups, including political decision makers, political activists, journalists, publishers, social and technological influencers, etc. A secondary aim and proposed practical outcome of the congress is to develop an active network (a possible sub-network / working group of DiscourseNet) comprising individual researchers, representatives of academic and other research producing organizations, publishing organisations, activists, and cultural practitioners interested in coordinating and streamlining their activity towards effecting social change for disenfranchised individuals and groups.

Possible project and paper proposals for the conference include but are not limited to the following:


  • collaboration between DS scholars and non-academics (e.g. journalists, political/human rights activists, artists etc.) who share the concern for helping disenfranchised individuals and groups;
  • flagging social issues and societal concerns the handling of which can particularly benefit from the methodology, theory and practice of Discourse Studies;
  • exploring the social, economic, political, legal, behavioural, institutional, historical, cultural or linguistic dimensions of a given disenfranchisement / discrimination issue;
  • identifying processes and actors in bringing about marginalization, isolation, discrimination or disenfranchisement;
  • identifying processes and actors in bringing about social / technological / political change that would reduce / eliminate the disenfranchisement / marginalization of a particular social group;
  • the immigration policy of particular political actors as a disenfranchisement / human rights concern;
  • ensuring independence, impartiality, objectivity and consistency in the evaluation and / or criticism of social / technological / political processes of discrimination;
  • (critical) discourse analysis of discursive strategies and social figurations associated with discrimination / disenfranchisement;
  • the role of discursive strategies and value judgements in perpetuating discrimination / disenfranchisement;
  • strategies of disseminating research findings on disenfranchisement to a broader, non-academic public;
  • the relation between symbolic and material order of discourse;
  • the impact of emancipatory and anti-discriminatory discourse;
  • authoritarian discourses and discourses of neo-authoritarianism.


Other topics targeting the social utility of Discourse Studies in less politicized settings might include but are not exclusive to the contribution of Discourse Studies / discourse analysis to (the study of):


  • language acquisition inside and outside institutional settings (first and second language acquisition, EFL, TESL, etc.);
  • cross-cultural communication;
  • institutional discourse, organizational culture, dispositif, apparatus analytics;
  • business communication (as both cross-cultural communication and institutional discourse);
  • interviewing techniques (e.g. with a view to providing advice for gatekeepers);
  • the theory and practice of translation and interpreting;
  • psychology and psychoanalysis (e.g. the contribution of narrative discourse analysis);
  • literary theory and literary analysis;
  • gender studies;
  • discourses of technology and design.


Confirmed plenary speakers:

Elizabeth Peterson, University of Helsinki

Lauren Hall-Lew, The University of Edinburgh


Deadline for the submission of abstracts: February 21st, 2021

Notification of acceptance: February 28th, 2021

Registration closes: June 18th, 2021


Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be submitted in English by February 21st, 2021. The submission Web page for DNC4 is https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dnc4 .

Notifications of acceptance are expected to be communicated by February 28th, 2021. If accepted, applicants will have to pay the DiscourseNet Association membership fee of EUR30 (https://discourseanalysis.net/DN) before registering for the DNC4 congress to confirm their participation.

At the time of submission participants do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation.  As a result, we have decided to offer registration fees that are the same for on-site and off-site presenters/participants, that is a registration fee of EUR 60 will apply in either case (in addition to the DN Association’s membership fee) and a reduced registration fee of EUR 40 for enrolled students without access to institutional funding. The congress registration fee will include access to all talks and panels, and in case of on-site participation will also include catering and a conference package . There is a limited number of places. Registration will be closed when full.

After the conference, a book proposal for a thematic volume (or possibly two) based on selected conference papers will be submitted to Palgrave Macmillan for the “Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse” series.


Conference format


To support the range of options and flexibility needed in our current climate, we will offer a blended conference experience at the DN4 Congress.  At the time of submission participants do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation.  Participants can present their papers either on-site or in the form of pre-recorded video files and will be able to change their mode of the presentation if their preferences change. This way we build for our DN4 participants flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.


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