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


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DiscourseNet - International Association for Discourse Studies ( offers a regular online seminar in Discourse Studies in English. Our next session is scheduled on July 3rd at 12:45-14:30pm BST/13:45-15:30pm CEST.

Schedule of talks

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. (Join the Zoom meeting here:

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:

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 (São Carlos/Open).

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 Zoom application. We recommend that you install the Zoom software on your computer or phone. We will be waiting for you in a virtual room. The room has limited capacity and you may be put on a waiting list once the maximum number is reached. By opening the Zoom link, all participants agree that all contributions will be recorded and made public.

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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, 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: .