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Discourse studies network and events

About the network

We are a group of mainly social science researchers who use discourse approaches in our work. The network, funded by Warwick's Learning Development Centre, offers two or three events a year which illustrate particular social science projects using discourse analysis, and/or offer training and discussion of discourse analysis tools. The network facilitator is Sue Wharton in Applied Linguistics (sue dot wharton at warwick dot ac dot uk). Sue is co-ordinator of the Professional and Academic Discourse research group

There is a highly relevant conference coming up for September 2017:

DiscourseNet Congress 2
Interdisciplinary Discourse Studies: Theory and Practice

13-15 September 2017

Call for papers and more details here


Upcoming and previous events

Wednesday 26 July
Building corpora and using corpus query tools in text-based research

A half-day workshop with Ondřej Matuška of Sketch Engine
Wednesday 26 July 1pm – 5pm
Room A1.11, Social Sciences
Free workshop with lunch provided

Following a succesful workshop in April 2017, we are delighted that Ondřej is able to join us again for a second Sketch Engine workshop, focusing on the use of corpora for social science related research projects.

SketchEngine is a state-of-the-art tool which includes a huge number of ready-made corpora, a facility for creating our own corpora, and powerful methods for analysing corpora. It is commercial software, but Warwick University are currently able to offer free access to it. You are invited to this one-day workshop to find out more about how you can use it to support your own research.

Places are limited and registration is on a first-come first-served basis: please register at Registration 2017

If you have any queries, please contact Sue Wharton: sue dot wharton at warwick dot ac dot uk

Thursday 24 November 2016
Talk on 24 November 2016

Wednesday 2 December 2015: Corpus Approaches to Social Science
Lunch from 12 noon in "The Graduate Space", 4th floor of the Humanities Building Annexe (also known as room 455). Talks from 1-5 pm in room H0.60, Humanities Building. Coffee break half way through the afternoon.
Organized by Sue Wharton for the ‘Professional and Academic Discourse’ (PAD) group at Centre for Applied Linguistics (CAL)

Powerpoints of the presentations are now available:

This will be a half day event, beginning with a free lunch, and featuring speakers from the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science, University of Lancaster Carmen Dayrell and Laura Paterson will talk about four projects they have been working on:
  • Big data media analysis and the representation of urban violence in Brazil
  • Changing Climates: a corpus-based investigation of discourses around global warming, energy and mobilities in Brazil and Britain
  • Newspapers, Poverty and Long-term Change: A corpus analysis of five centuries of texts
  • Distressed Communities: Perception and reality

They will also give a hands-on sesson on Graphcoll. GraphColl ("Graphical Collocations" tool) is new software developed at The ESRC Centre for Approaches to Social Science, Lancaster University that analyses meaning connections in texts and discourse by extracting collocation networks, i.e. networks of word associations. GraphColl implements a wide range of different collocation measures and also allows users to define their own statistics. Full description of the tool can be found at Brezina, V., McEnery, T. & Wattam, S. (2015) 'Collocations in context: A new perspective on collocational networks'. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 20:2, 139-173. Available at

Registration for the event is now closed. To enquire about the possibility of last-minute registration, please email

5 Feb 2015: ‘Discourse and the Political’
Organized by Johannes Angermuller and Sue Wharton
for the ‘Professional and Academic Discourse’ (PAD) group at Centre for Applied Linguistics (CAL) - - February 5, 2015, 1-5pm
Room A1.11, Social Sciences 1st floor

This workshop will focus on ‘discourse and the political’ and will address the question from both theoretical and/or methodological points of view. Starting from discussions on discourse in contemporary political theory, notably a keynote talk from Yannis Stavrakakis, the workshop will discuss the possible relevance of interdisciplinary exchange in Discourse Studies.

While discourse theories have been hotly debated in political science, we want to ask how discourse theories can be brought together with the methodological approaches in social research. We therefore include a discussion of some of the methods typically used in discourse-based studies of political issues.

1pm – 1:30pm Free buffet!
1:30pm – 2:30 pm Yannis Stavrakakis
(Political science, Thessaloniki): ‘Hegemony, Post-hegemony and Discourse’
(30 minutes plus 30 minutes discussion)

3pm – 5pm Round Table ‘Discourse and the political’
Moderator: Malcolm MacDonald
Johannes Angermuller (CAL)
Marianna Fotaki (WBS)
Nick Vaughan-Williams (PAIS)
Michael Saward (PAIS)
Sue Wharton (CAL)

The Round Table participants will start with a short statement (3-5 minutes) about how their own research interests touch this theme and possibly give some insight into the way the nexus of politics and discourse is conceptualized in the respective fields. The ensuing discussion will take up some of the key problems in the interdisciplinary debate on these questions. The atmosphere will be rather informal and very interactive with lots of participation from the audience. We hope that everyone present will bring comments, questions and ideas about the ways in which discourse based work can contribute to the study of political issues. We expect a medium-sized audience with a heterogeneous disciplinary background in the social sciences.

Event 20-21 March 2014


Please click on the title of a talk in order to watch its podcast


---------- Thursday, 20th of March ----------

9:30-10:00 Registration

10:40-11:40 JONATHAN POTTER (Loughborough): Admonishments and the Practical (Interactional) Business of Socialisation
11:40-12:20 NICK LLEWELYN (Warwick): ‘Known and Unknown Unknowns’: Knowledge Problems in Institutional Interaction

12:30-14:00 Lunch break (Room A1.05, staff and student kitchen)

Chair: Marianna Fotaki
14:00-14:40 RICHARD TAFFLER (Warwick): Unconscious Fantasy and the Chinese Stock Market Bubble
14:40-15:20 JAKUB EBERLE (Warwick): “Discourse, Affect and the Madman in his Tent: Fantasising the Libya Crisis in Germany’s Political and Media Discourses”
15:20-16:00 YANNIK PORSCHÉ (Mainz/Dijon): Staging the Public Representation of Immigrants in Museum Exhibitions. A Multimodal Contextualisation Analysis

16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break (Room A1.05)

16:30-17:30 WOLFGANG TEUBERT (Birmingham): The Reality of Discourse: Constructing ‘Centres of Excellence’

19:00 Dinner in Kenilworth (bus/ taxi, Virgin & Castle, 7 High Street, Kenilworth)

---------- Friday 21st of March ----------

10:00-11:00 YANNIS STAVRAKAKIS (Thessaloniki): Populist Discourse & Democracy: From the Essex School to the POPULISMUS Project
11:00-11:40 GIORGOS KATSAMBEKIS (Thessaloniki): Discourse Theory and Political Analysis: Reflecting on the Greek Crisis
11:40-12:20 IVAN GOLOLOBOV (Warwick): Politics of Ritual, Ritual of Politics: Hegemony and the Limits of Discourse

12:20-14:00 Lunch break (Room A1.05, staff and student kitchen)

14:00-14:40 BAYAN ALSHABANI (Warwick): Drawing a Line between Jihad and Terrorism: Legal Approach
14:40-15:20 JASPAL NAVEEL SINGH (Cardiff): Split Subjectivity: Participation Frameworks and Indexicality Theory
15:20-16:00 FELICITAS MACGILCHRIST (Braunschweig): Memory Practices: Post-foundational Approaches to Analysing Memory as Entangled Materialdiscursive Practices

16:00 Visit to Coventry
19:00 Dinner Indian restaurant (Court 6, 16 Spon Street, Coventry)

---------- Saturday 22nd of March ---------

10:00-17:00 DiscourseNet meeting

This conference is contributing to the ERC DISCONEX project analysing the academic discourse and the construction of academic excellence.
The event is supported by the Learning and Development Centre at Warwick and the European Research Council.