Next ACDC meeting, Tom Bartlett on “Discourses of development and the potential (or not) for Positive Discourse Analysis”, 7 May 2015, 15:30-17:00, VU 14A20

Dear colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce our next ACDC meeting. On May 7th we welcome Tom Bartlett (Centre for Language Communication and Research, Cardiff University) to present his research into the discourse of development in the North Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana (Bartlett 2012). Some further information (sample of the data as well as a set of references) is posted in the archive section of our website.

If you are planning to attend the meeting, please RSVP to Nicolina Montesano Montessori

  • Date: 7 May 2015
  • Time: 15:30-17:00
  • Place: VU-University, De Boelenlaan1105 1081 HV Amsterdam, Room 14-A-20 (main building).

“Discourses of development and the potential (or not) for Positive Discourse Analysis”


The author will relate his research within the sub-discipline of Positive Discourse Analysis (PDA; see Bartlett forthcoming for an overview) in order to open up discussion on relevant principles and methods and to debate the merits or otherwise of the P in DA. He will start the presentation with an outline of the genesis of the term PDA (Luke 2002; Kress 1996, 2000; Martin 2004) and an overview of some of the most significant work which self-identifies as PDA (Macgilchrist 2007; Rogers 2012; Rogers and Mosley Wetzel 2013; Humphreys forthcoming; Stibbe 2014). Based on this overview Bartlett explores whether there are core criteria and methods that distinguish PDA from other approaches within (C)DA and suggest advantages and limitations of the research reviewed.

This will be followed with an outline of his own approach to PDA and the presentation of data (attached) from his fieldwork in Guyana on “hybrid voice and collaborative change” within the context of development discourse between indigenous communities, the government of Guyana and professional development workers. A key text from this research is attached and there will be the opportunity to analyse and discuss this text and the theoretical and methodological framework of which it forms a key feature, leading to a more general open discussion on the usefulness of PDA as a concept and the question of whether a coherent set of principles and methods is necessary.

We look forward to welcoming you on this occasion.

The Amsterdam Critical Discourse Community Conveners,

Nicolina Montesano Montessori, Bertie Kaal, Manon van der Laaken, Joyce Lamerichs, Karen Verduyn, Steve Oswald

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