Final days for NZDC8 abstract submission

A reminder from Conference Co-Convenor  Assoc Prof Donald Matheson that the deadline for abstract submissions to the New Zealand Discourse Conference | Korerorero Aotearoa, close at the end of the day on 2 August, 2021.  

We have some great keynotes (see below), including Angela Moewaka Barnes from the Whariki Research Centre at Massey, NZ. We’ve kept registration costs as low as possible, starting at NZ $60, to make the event accessible to all. 

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: 
Dr Angela Moewaka Barnes, Massey University, NZ 

Prof Gail Fairhurst, University of Cincinnati, USA 

Prof Monica Heller, University of Toronto, Canada
Dr Majid KhosraviNik, Newcastle University, UK 

Deadline for abstracts and panel proposals: 5pm NZT, 2 August 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

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).

Because travel to Aotearoa New Zealand from outside the bubble with Australia is uncertain, we recommend international participants plan to take part remotely.

In case of New Zealand entering Covid-19 level 3 or 4, the conference will move entirely online.

Submission guidelines
Please email abstracts of papers and proposals for panels to

Abstracts should be 750-1000 words in total. Please specify the area of your presentation and provide keywords to help us put together the sessions. Panel proposals should provide an overall justification of 300-500 words, name of chair/respondent and also specify how each participant will contribute (300 words per presenter). When proposing panels, please let us know the format you suggest would work best for the panel. Panels may be either face-to-face or Zoom-based. All abstract and panel proposals will be reviewed by our conference team and invited reviewers.

Conference convenors

Assoc Prof Donald Matheson

Prof Colleen Mills