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


Join us for monthly Friday lunchtime online English-language seminars from London, in collaboration with the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the Open University, UK. 

To join our seminars, you will need to be logged into your account (you may create one for free on the top right, which may take a two days) and then click 'Join Group' on the top left-hand side. You will then receive seminar announcements via email. We will send out unique Zoom links via email to all members of this group on the day before each seminar is scheduled. Note that we will video record all seminars. By joining our seminars, all participants agree that the recording can be made public.

We are excited to invite you to our next seminar, which will take place on Friday, 27 January 2023, 1-2pm (London time). We will hear Alan Finlayson (University of East Anglia) on “The Rhetoric of Reactionary Digital Politics”

Online, various forms of ‘reactionary’ politics flourish, united in hostility to liberal and egalitarian politics, prophesying the collapse of civilisation and calling for a return to ‘natural’ hierarchies. At one level these are just current variations on old political themes. However, I argue that the articulation of such ideologies online, the ways in which rhetoric both adapts to and makes use of the affordances of particular platforms, changes the nature of these ideologies in important ways. In this short talk I will explore this idea and explain three key features of reactionary digital politics: the phenomenon of “ideological entrepreneurs”; the effects of “context collapse” on rhetorical ethos and authority; the intensification of a particular form of charismatic authority which develops a ‘parasocial’ relationship with ‘followers’ by inviting them to do things will make them heroes and saviours of the counter-revolution.

.Join us for our next talks:

February 24, 2023, 1-2 (London Time): Matthias Becker (Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University Berlin) “Hate speech online: Reflections, Methods and Goals of the Decoding Antisemitism Project”

March 31, 2023, 1-2 (London Time): Melani Schroeter (University of Reading): “Taboos, silent majority, heavily guarded borders of public discourse, cancel culture: The problematisation of silence and its exploitation by the New Right”

April 28, 2023, 1-2 (London Time): Sylvia Jaworska (University of Reading): Who ‘shakes the trees’ and ‘deep dives’? Corpus-assisted discourse analysis of  the language of bias in corporate performance reviews

May 26, 2023, 1-2 (London Time): Laura Paterson (Open University): “Defining, labelling, and evaluating poverty: A corpus-based discourse analysis of category construction in The Times newspaper 1900-2009.“

June 30, 2023, 1-2 (London Time): Michael Kranert (University of Southampton): “On the Road to Net-Zero: Climate Change Discourses in Local Government“


Past sessions

Friday, 2 December 2022, 1-2pm (London time). Michael Farrelly (University of Hull) on the topic of "Can discourse analysis predict policy failure? - Applying Critical Policy Discourse Analysis to Policy Concepts of ‘Competition’ and ‘Cooperation’" To view the recording, please follow this link:

Friday, 28 October 2022, 1-2pm (London time): Lise Fontaine (Cardiff University) Reference in reconciliation discourse. To view the recording, please follow this link:

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 12-1pm (London time): Richard Bramwell (Loughborough University) Vulnerability, violence and care: Caring masculinities in English rap culture

Friday, October 29, 2021, 1-2pm (London time): Johannes Angermuller (The Open University), Michael Kranert (University of Southampton), Stefanie Schneider (The Open University), Jaspal Naveel Singh (The Open University) "Discourse Studies in the UK today",

Friday, November 26, 2021, 1-2pm (London time): Rodney Jones (University of Reading) "Visibility and accountability in citizen’s encounters with police: An applied linguistic perspective." To view this recording, please follow this link:

Friday, January 28, 2022, 1-2pm (London time): Stefanie Schneider (The Open University) "A conversation analytical lens on expressing doubt or scepticism in professional settings." To view this recording, please follow this link:

Friday, February 25, 2022, 1-2pm (London time): Dawn Knight (Cardiff University) and Christopher Fitzgerald (Mary Immaculate College) "Navigating Virtual Meetings: Multimodality and Variation in Online Professional Discourse." To view this recording, please follow this link: 

Friday, March 25, 2022, 1-2pm (London time): Jan Zienkowski (Université Libre de Bruxelles): "Culture wars in Belgium? Analyzing the metapolitical dimension of civil society discourse(s) in Flanders." To view this recording, please follow this link:

Friday, April 29, 2022, 10-11am (London time): Rick Iedema (King's College London): "Affected: On Meaning Becoming (Undone) and the Meaning of Meaninglessness". To watch the recording, please follow this link:

Friday, May 27, 2022, 1-2pm (London time): Majid KhosraviNik (Newcastle University) Digital Discourse and Society: Techno-Discursive Considerations in Social Media Critical Discourse Studies. To watch the recording, please follow this link:


NB: Once people can travel again, participants will have the option to come and join us in the Open University's facilities in London. The seminars are open to everybody and free of charge but participants are encouraged to become members of the DiscourseNet Association. All sessions will be public, recorded and disseminated on social media. By joining our online session, all participants agree to being recorded. All recordings and the latest version of the programme will be posted on the group's page.

We are looking forward to stimulating discussions!

Johannes, Michael, Stefanie, Jaspal

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


Past talks

July 20, 2021, Jaspal Singh (The University of Hong Kong) "A sociolinguistic decolonisation of the Hindu right: ‘Purifying’ Hindi languaging from English and Urdu emblems"

May 10, 2021, 1-2pm BST: Martin Reisigl (University of Vienna), "Careless Car Culture - Critical Discourse Studies of car advertisements and car reviews"

April 12, 2021, 1-2pm GMT: Bogdana Huma (Free University of Amsterdam):"Language and persuasion"

March 15, 2021, 1-2pm GMT: Doris Schedlitzky (London Metropolitan University): "The absent follower or not becoming a leader"

February 15, 2021: Dominique Maingueneau (Sorbonne, Paris, France): “Ethos and 'entrepreneurial spirit'”

January 18, 2021: Rosina Márquez Reiter (The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK): Leverage in relationships. Recommendations among Latin American migrants in London

December 7, 2020: Andrea Whittle (Newcastle University): Jeremy Corbyn – the ‘authentic' leader? Making sense of the press coverage of Corbyn’s authenticity. Go to the recording here:

November 9, 2020: 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.
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July 3, 2020: Nkululeko Mabandla (University of Cape Town),  Ana Deumert  (University of Cape Town)
Another Populism is Possible – Popular Politics and the Anti-Colonial Struggle
June 19, 2020:  Adriana Bolívar (Universidad Central de Venezuela): "Emotions and ideology in times of political change".
Go to the recording here:

May 22, 2020:  Jens Maeße (University of 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 (The Open University) and  Juliane Reinecke (King's College London): "Science and populism in the coronavirus controversy: the celebrity logics of expert discourses". Go to the recording here: