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DiscourseNet is becoming an association!

Dear user of http://www.discourseanalysis.net,

You are part of the DiscourseNet community, which has been active since 2005. Our webpage now counts over 6500 users who have sent approx. 1000 announcements. DiscourseNet has organised more than 30 events across Europe. 

A year ago, we started a process of turning DiscourseNet into an association. Through a more formal structure, we hope to achieve more transparency, efficiency and democracy. We also want to make sure we can raise the financial resources necessary to keep the webpage running. In late 2018, the numerous participants of our DiscourseNet assemblies, which took place during past DiscourseNet events, were invited to express their interest to form a Temporary DiscourseNet Board. In January, the Board was formed from the 22 people who had responded (https://discourseanalysis.net/DN/board). 

In the Temporary Board, we have been dealing with the planning of ongoing and future events (https://discourseanalysis.net/DN/events), the DiscourseNet publication outlets (https://discourseanalysis.net/DN/publications) and the webpage, which has been online as version 2.0 since last autumn. In order to continue with these activities in the future, the Board is now preparing the ground for “DiscourseNet: International Association for Discourse Studies”, which will be launched at the DiscourseNet General Assembly at our 3rd Congress in Paris (11-14/09/19, dnc3aled.discourseanalysis.net). 

We want to include as many people as possible in this endeavour. Over the next two months, Board members will present their ideas for the future to you. You will receive invitations to help redraft the DiscourseNet Charter, to elect DiscourseNet’s future Steering Group and to discuss any other ideas for the future. We hope that many of you will react and contribute to this process and that you finally join the association. You are invited to write to any member of the Board about any ideas you may have about shaping the new association.

Kind regards,

Johannes (Angermuller)

For the Steering Group and the Temporary DiscourseNet Board

Professor of Discourse, Languages and Applied Linguistics
Associate Head for Research and Scholarship

School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (LAL)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
The Open University

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