Open DiscourseNet Seminar, London - monthly online seminar in Discourse Studies


Attend the online DiscourseNet seminars

DiscourseNet - International Association for Discourse Studies ( offers a regular online seminar in Discourse Studies in English together with the School of Languages and Applied Linguistcs at Open University. Our next session is scheduled on

December 7th at 13:00-14:00pm GMT/14:00-15:00pm CET.
Andrea Whittle (Newcastle)
Jeremy Corbyn – the ‘authentic' leader? Making sense of the press coverage of Corbyn’s authenticity

Studies by media scholars at Loughborough and Birkbeck amongst others have shown that the media coverage of Corbyn was consistently biased and disproportionately presented him in a negative light. Polls also showed that the majority of the British public thought that the media was deliberately biased against him. Our research seeks to understand one particular aspect of the media coverage, namely, the way he was framed and evaluated as an ‘authentic’ leader.

To join the seminar, participants are invited to register and we recommend you to start the registration as soon as possible.

1) You need to be a registered user on . If you don't already have one you will need to click in the upper right corner to request a new account. The registration is free but the activation may take one to three days.

2) Once your account is activated, you must make sure you are registered in our group "DiscourseNet London online: discourse, language, society": . If you are not a member yet, you will need to go to the group's page and click the button above the logo to join so that you can start to receive the seminar announcements. The moderators of this group are likely not able to answer your questions individually but we will send all relevant information related to this seminar (including programme changes and registration information for online meetings) to all registered participants.

3) Finally, on the day of the conference, you will need to access the Google Meet application using the link below. By opening the Google Meet link, all participants agree that all contributions will be recorded and made public.

Google Meet link:

The programme and the registration modalities can be found on the group's page: Once people can travel again, participants will have the option to come and join us in Open University's facilities in London (Euston). The seminars are open to all. All sessions will be public, recorded and disseminated on social media. By joining the online session, all participants agree that to them being recorded. All recordings and the latest version of the programme will be posted on the group's page. We also welcome invite everybody to join our new DiscourseNet association: .

By creating an open space for intellectual exchange, we hope to contribute to a positive collective experience in these unusual times.

Johannes, Stefanie, Júlio, Lilian, Michael

PS: This seminar follows the format of our French-language discourse group in Paris, which has been running for seven years and recently started to be held online: .

Past talks

November 9th 2020
COVID-19 Discursive Encyclopedia. Lílian Pereira de Carvalho (Federal Institute of São Paulo/Federal University of São Carlos), Julia Lourenço Costa (Federal University of São Carlos/FAPESP), Mariana Morales da Silva (Federal University of São Carlos/CAPES), Júlio Bonatti (Universitat de València).

COVID-19 Discursive Encyclopedia is a project developed at Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) with the InformaSUS team, a webpage created to disseminate information related to the Brazilian Unified Health System. This project emerged as a proposal to contribute critically to the social debate about the discursive clashes surrounding COVID-19 pandemic. Intending to be a dialogical and collaborative platform, COVID-19 Discursive Encyclopedia proposes the definition and discussion of certain terms, concepts, expressions, acronyms linked to the context of pandemic in Brazil, presented in form of entries. The COVID-19 Discursive Encyclopedia project relies on the experience and exchange of the knowledge and learning in a collaboration process between researchers from Linguistics field. Its realization, as a transdisciplinary proposal, involves different areas of knowledge and count with more than twenty professors, undergraduate and graduate students from UFSCar and other Brazilian universities.

All participants will be invited to contribute to the discussion, which will be moderated by Michael Kranert (Southampton), Lílian Carvalho (São Carlos/Open) and Júlio Bonatti (UV).

July 3, 2020 12:45pm BST: Nkululeko Mabandla (University of Cape Town), Ana Deumert (University of Cape Town)
Another Populism is Possible – Popular Politics and the Anti-Colonial Struggle
In this paper we move away from pejorative and derogatory definitions of populism that have shaped media reporting and scholarly debate from the 1950s onwards. Our argument is grounded in the anti-colonial and decolonial struggle for liberation and freedom, a struggle that would not have been successful without the political participation of ‘the people’. Our argument – which seeks to recover the ‘radical history’ of populism (Venizelos 2019) – is chronotopic, across time and space, considering the South African struggle for liberation within a wider – pan-African – continental context, a context which, in turn, is embedded in the global south more broadly.

June 19, 2020: Adriana Bolívar (Universidad Central de Venezuela): "Emotions and ideology in times of political change".
Although emotions are widely studied from different perspectives, there is still little systematic research on their ideological function in political change. In this talk I shall claim that they can be studied from a critical interactional perspective (Bolívar 2018), which considers the synchronic and diachronic dimensions. I shall focus on three cases: the Chilean “emotional crisis” (October 2019), “love for the people” in the Venezuelan Bolivarian revolution (1998-2020) and the Covid 19 pandemia as “felt” in Mexico. The aim is to offer a framework for approaching emotions to unveil ideologies in times of change. Go to the recording here:

May 22, 2020: Jens Maeße (Gießen): "Post-National Identities: How Discourses of Economics Create Social Positions in European Power/Knowledge Regimes". Go to the recording here:

April 24, 2020: Johannes Angermuller (Open University) and Juliane Reinecke (King's College): "Science and populism in the coronavirus controversy: the celebrity logics of expert discourses". Go to the recording here: