Running teams for election 2021

This page presents the team that stood for election in our DiscourseNet Assembly 2021. Our DN election page 2021 explains how the process was organised.

We had one running team. Further teams could have emailed Felicitas Macgilchrist at by 30 September 2021.

Team 1


Benno Herzog is a full professor (professor titular) at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Valencia, Spain. He has worked and conducted research in Germany (Universities of Frankfurt and Mainz), the United Kingdom (University of Manchester, Open University, and University of Warwick), and Brazil (Federal University of Paraíba). Currently, he is director of the Institute of Educational Creativity and Education at the University of Valencia ( and director of a research group on Critical Theory and the Frankfurt School (

Within DiscourseNet he regularly co-organized the Winter Schools in Valencia. He is part of the DIPE Group (Discourse, Ideology and Political Economy) and has been a member of the DN board since 2019. More information:


Aurora Fragonara is ATER (attachée temporaire Enseignement et Recherche) at the University of Poitiers (France). She has held a Postdoctoral Researcher position in French Linguistics at the University of Bergamo. She holds a PhD in Linguistics (Science du langage) from the research centre CREM (Centre de Recherches sur les Médiations) at the University of Lorraine. Her main research interests are French discourse analysis and enunciation theory, which she combines with cognitives linguistics, pragmatics and semiotics. She is also part of a research group on linguistic and pedagogical matters in contemporary second language teaching. As a member of the DiscourseNet board, she is currently part of the communication team and has also partially coordinated the translation process for the website. More information:


Michael Kranert is a lecturer of sociolinguistics at the University of Southampton. As a discourse linguist, he is interested in comparative discourse analysis in English and German speaking countries. Currently, he is working on ‘populist’ discourses in Germany and the UK as well as on Discourse in the Workplace. He has been on the board of DiscourseNet since 2019 and has organised and co-organised various events such as DN27 “Language Ideologies and Political Discourse”. More information:

A message from Team 1:

Dear DiscourseNet members,

As you may know, we are running for election as the new legal representatives of DiscourseNet.

Therefore, we have produced a short roadmap with a few points that should help to consolidate our association.

Following the spirit of collaborative work and flat hierarchies of DiscourseNet, this “program” is meant to be the basis for discussion and guidance of the activities for the future board. We hope many members of the current board will be active again in the next one and we will be able to find new board members for new challenges. This roadmap is not set in stone, but a work in progress: we are always open for fresh ideas from all DiscourseNet members.

Our ideas are divided into four topics: Improvement of the structures of DiscourseNet, communication strategies, financial strategies and recruitment strategies.

In the next two years we would like to improve the structures of DiscourseNet by

  • facilitating the communication with and within the DN-groups,
  • sharing the responsibility for all functions of the legal representatives and of the board,
  • creating a working group for internationalization and networking, and
  • making all current and previous DN documents easily accessible for all board members.

Furthermore, we want to foster the internal and external communication of DiscourseNet by

  • creating a bi-monthly newsletter,
  • generating a moderated email-list for all members,
  • elaborating a clear social media strategy including all those who are organizing DN-events, and
  • creating a communication strategy to help new members to become more active within DiscourseNet.

In order to secure the economic stability of DiscourseNet (especially the web-page), we will

  • offer a solidarity membership for 60 Euros,
  • analyze the possibilities for crowdfunding of some DiscourseNet activities,
  • contribute in the application for a COST project in order to create a European Network of discourse researchers, and
  • help and provide arguments for all DN-members that want to relate their grant applications to our association.

In order to make our association more attractive for new members, we would like to

  • address especially early-career members by developing a 3 to 5-day online course “Introduction into Discourse Studies”,
  • create a oneDrive with videos from our different events and link them into the website for DN-members only,
  • support low threshold online offers such as the reading groups also for non-members, and
  • reframe our website in order to differentiate clearly between users and members and to highlight the advantages of becoming a DiscourseNet member.