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On 8-9 September 2014 the CDA20+ symposium took place in Amsterdam. Click on the logo to get to the CDA20+ website.

The CDA 20+ symposium is an initiative of the Amsterdam Critical Discourse Community (ACDC, currently hosted at VU-University) in collaboration with the research group Institutional Discourse at the University of Amsterdam (ACLC). It took place in the city where the founders of Critical Discourse Analysis came together to put this research paradigm on the academic map. Teun van Dijk, Ruth Wodak, Norman Fairclough, Gunther Kress and Theo van Leeuwen took the first steps to shape CDA in January 1992, and since then it has taken flight as a cross-disciplinary framework with special attention to the ethics of academic and social practice. All five founders participated in the CDA20+ Symposium. Panels were chaired by a team of eleven moderators and together with the participants they represented three generations of active Critical Discourse and Critical Theory scholars across relevant disciplines.

After twenty years, the time had come to look back on the developments in CDA, with a view to finding answers to the question: “How does CDA relate to current social and technological issues that affect communication, social structures and power relations?” Theoretically and methodologically, CDA and CDS have come to a crossroads of new developments with a high potential for bringing research into practice. Today, CDA’s original goals needed to be rearticulated and its cross-disciplinary framework needed an update to strengthen its dynamic backbone.

The CDA 20+ Symposium was designed to reflect on the past and to recontextualise its social agenda into the new world of rapid social change. The programme accommodated a review of its origins, its developments, achievements and innovations. With that knowledge and experience in mind, it looked ahead for ways by which it can continue to contribute to understanding the social world and to imagining alternatives as a practice of empowerment. The symposium should inspire new directions in research, new forms of collaboration, and doing emancipatory research in practice.


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