ACDC Winter 2015 Newsletter

Dear all,

Below you will find the ACDC programme for this year.

2015 ACDC Programme

February 9th 2015, 15:30-17:00

Place: University of Amsterdam, Bungehuis, room 004 (ground floor)
Dr. Dalia Gavriely-Nuri (Research fellow at The Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
“Israeli peace discourse: A cultural Approach to CDA (CCDA)”
Taking a different perspective on the discourse of war, Gavriely will talk about the role of language discourse in the advancement of peace. Her new book on Cultural Critical Discourse Analysis and Israeli war/peace discourse is about to be published (2015) and in this talk she will take a constructive turn for the promotion of a “culture of peace.” CCDA aims at exposing the cultural codes embedded in the discourses that contribute to reproducing abuses of social and political power.

March 9th 2015, 15:30-17:00

Marieke Venselaar (Utrecht University of Applied Sciences)
“Supply Chain Partnering in the Construction Industry”
This talk will be about the construction of discourse in the construction industry. Venselaar investigates the discourse of clients and contractors in Supply Chain Partnering (SCP). SCP represents a fundamental shift away from the harsh, tough and competitive character for which the construction industry is known. The presentation includes a report on her research with a floor professional who applied the cooperative principles of SCP. She will discuss her detailed analysis that generated innovative knowledge on the nuts and bolts of SCP. The discussion will be introduced with a critical state-of-the-art of SCP research and reflections on methodological gaps. In what way could critical and practice oriented participative research methods fill the gaps?

April 2nd 2015, 15:30-17:00

Dr. Ian Lamond (Leeds University) will discuss a new field in CDA:
“Critical Event Studies”
Taking a broad view on the notion of ‘events’, Lamond takes Event Studies out of its traditional ‘leisure’ zone. Events are also organised to rally, promote or protest for or against political, commercial and public interests. Activities, mediatisation and gaming play an important role in persuasive communication, including events, and this calls for new directions in event studies (Lamond 2015).

May 7th 2015, 15:30-17:00

Dr. Tom Bartlett (Cardiff University)
“Discourses of power in the North Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana”
Bartlett will present his ethnographic research on discourses of power in the North Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana near the Brazilian border, where he did his fieldwork (1999-2002). He will talk about the discourse of collaborative policies between indigenous leaders, the government and a development organization. The focus is on shifting power relations between these agents. Applying a Systemic Functional Linguistic method, Bartlett takes a positive discourse analytic approach (Bartlett 2012). The value of constructive critique will be part of the discussion.

June 26 2015, 15:30-17:00

Prof. Dr Martin Reisigl (Vienna University)
“Arguing about climate change. A discourse-historical case study on the reception of the 5th IPCC Assessment Report in digital newspaper postings”
Just before the Summer break, we are proud to welcome Martin Reisigl who is a pioneer in Historical Discourse Analysis (DHA). In this presentation he will present a discourse historical approach to tracking changes and shifts in the discourse on climate change. The aim is to signal shifts between dissonance and alignment in people’s attitude to global issues.

Background readings for all these talks will be available on the ACDC website prior to the meetings: Minutes of all past gatherings are also available on the website’s Archives file.

We invite you to register as ‘follower’ on the website for news and details.

The meetings are open to interested scholars and practitioners. Please let us know if you intend to come to one of the meetings:

We look forward to welcoming you.
Kind regards,
The ACDC conveners
Nicolina Montesano Montessori, Bertie Kaal, Joyce Lamerichs, Karen Verduyn and Ida Sabelis (VU), Jet van Dam van Isselt, Manon van der Laaken and Anne Bannink (UvA-ACLC), Steve Oswald (University of Fribourg)

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