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Conference on Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines

Call for Papers

We are glad to announce that the 7th Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines Conference (CADAAD) will take place 4-6 July 2018 and will be hosted by Aalborg University, Denmark.

CADAAD conferences are intended to promote current directions and new developments in cross-disciplinary critical discourse research. We welcome papers which, from a critical-analytical perspective, deal with contemporary social, scientific, political, economic, or professional discourses and genres. Possible topics include but are by no means limited to the following:

  • (New) Media discourses 
  • (Party) political discourse
  • Discourses of PR and branding
  • Institutional discourse
  • Power and identity in discourse
  • Discourses of conflict and aggression
  • Discourses of migration/integration
  • Discourse and gender/sexuality
  • Nationalist discourses
  • Discourses of education
  • Discourses of the environment
  • Discourses of health and mental health
  • Discourses of business, economics and/or the law

Within discourse contexts such as those listed above, we especially welcome papers which re-examine existing frameworks for critical discourse research and/or which highlight and apply new methodologies sourced from anywhere across the humanities, social and cognitive sciences including but without being limited to: 

  • Cognitive Linguistics  
  • Conversation and Discourse Analysis 
  • Corpus Linguistics 
  • Discursive Psychology 
  • Ethnography of Communication
  • Forensic Linguistics 
  • Functional Linguistics 
  • Multimodality
  • Nexus Analysis
  • Political Science 
  • Pragmatics and Argumentation Theory 
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Sociology

Reflecting the diversity of topics and approaches in critical discourse studies, the following distinguished guests have confirmed their participation as plenary speakers: 

  • Anabela Carvalho (Universidade do Minho) 
  • David Machin (Ørebro University) 
  • Martin Reisigl (University of Vienna)
  • Caroline Tagg (The Open University)
  • William Walters (Carleton University)

All papers will be allocated 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions. The language of the conference is English.

Abstracts of up to 350 words excluding references should be submitted via the conference management system Easy Chair before 15 November 2017 08:00 CET. Notification of acceptance will be communicated by 15 February 2018.

In addition to individual papers, panel proposals may also be submitted. Further details are available here.

Delegates may submit up to two abstracts for the conference.

Selected papers will be published in a thematically arranged volume to be submitted to an international publisher. Other selected papers will appear in a proceedings issue of the CADAAD journal.

For further information, please visit the conference webpage or write to the local organising committee at

Important dates

15 October 2017                Abstract submission deadline (Panels)

15 November 2017            Abstract submission deadline (General Session)

15 December 2018            Notification of acceptance (Panels)

15 February 2018               Notification of acceptance (General Session)

1 April 2018                        Early bird registration finishes

23 April 2018                     Registration deadline for presenters (at 8 am CEST)

11 June 2018                     Standard registration finishes

4-6 July 2018                     Conference


Conference coordinator Lise-Lotte Holmgreen

Conference secretary Julie Skibsted Larsen

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