8th New Zealand Discourse Conference 2021

Dear All -

Apologies for cross-posting - but here is the call for papers for this year's New Zealand Discourse Conference. We welcome abstract submissions connected with all things digital.

Best regards

Philippa Smith

School of Language & Culture,

Auckland University of Technology, NZ


Please join us at NZDC8 in Christchurch, New Zealand (or virtually) this December! Call for papers below.


8th New Zealand Discourse Conference (NZDC8)
Location: University of Canterbury, Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand and virtually via Zoom
Dates: 10-11 December 2021

Call for papers
The New Zealand Discourse Conference is a biennial event which brings together scholars working in a range of fields who study some form of discourse or use discourse analysis to understand other phenomena. The conference welcomes contributions that consider discourse and interaction in a variety of contexts, including interpersonal talk, institutional settings, organisational communication, mediated communication, as well as policy, political and cultural lenses on discourse. The conference welcomes diversity in theoretical and analytical approaches. Suggested areas of interest include:

Political discourse
Communication in bicultural and multicultural contexts
Discourse and identity
Language, gender and sexuality
Leadership discourse

Corpus approaches to discourse analysis

Multimodal discourse analysis
Narrative, stance and positioning
Life stories
Media discourse
Interpretive discourses
Discursive tensions and conflict
Digitisation and discourse

Plenary speakers include: 

Prof Monica Heller, University of Toronto

Dr Majid KhosraviNik, Newcastle University

Deadline for abstracts and panel proposals: 5pm NZT, Monday 14 June 2021
Decision on acceptance: Monday 12 September 2021

All abstracts will be blind peer-reviewed and must be between 750 and 1000 words. A selection will be invited to submit full 7000 word papers for a special issue of Communication Research and Practice.

Waged, attending in person: NZ$200

Student and unwaged, attending in person: NZ$95

Waged, attending virtually: NZ$110

Student and unwaged, attending virtually: $60

Further information and registration see www.canterbury.ac.nz/arts/nzdc8

Email: nzdc8@canterbury.ac.nz

The conference will operate live during Aotearoa New Zealand day time, although sessions will be recorded and available afterwards. You can participate by attending in Christchurch or from your home town via Zoom. Plenary presentations will take place live. Other presentations (7-10 minutes long) should be recorded, but at least one presenter of each paper should attend their session in person or on Zoom The conference will encourage discussion and provide time in each session for face-to-face questions and Zoom chat. At sites with multiple participants, we will help you gather and with providing morning and afternoon tea (according to what is possible while following good public health advice for the region).