Wednesday, April 5, 2017
The discursive constitution of nature relations in society
Workshop at the University of Augsburg, May 12 -13, 2017
In the last three decades, the analysis of environmental discourses has transcended traditional disciplinary boundaries, encompassing perspectives from sociology, political and media science, cultural and historical science, as well as different linguistics variants. This workshop examines the relationship between these very distinct approaches and how each of them affect research projects regarding their potential for intervention, their pursuit of critical and emancipatory interests, and their analytical precision. Debating this as of yet largely unexplored topic of synergy and friction between different environmental discourse research positions is intended to highlight the possibilities and added value inherent in interdisciplinary strategies, not least of all by taking a closer look at existing case studies on a variety of environmental topics (e.g., climate change, energy, environmental activism, etc.).
Note: the workshop's designated lingua franca is German. Please register by e-mail by contacting matthias.sebastian.klaes (at) phil.uni-augsburg.de
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 17 - 20, 2017
Registration is still available for Reiner Keller's on-site workshop under
"Doing Discourse Research” (Workshop on Thursday, May 18)Discourse Studies today cover a large field across the social scienes, ranging from work inspired by Foucault, Critical Discourse Analysis through Hegemonics Analysis, Corpus Lingustics and more interpretive approaches. The present workshop on “Doing Discourse Research” will introduce participants to the main positions in the heterogeneous field of discourse research (including Foucauldian perspectives, CDA, Hegemonics and the Sociology of Knowledge approach to discourse SKAD). As there is no one best way to discourse research, each of the positions mentioned allows for dealing with particular questions in critical inquiry into discourses. The first part of the workshop therefore discusses the relationship between theoretical groundings, analytical potential and methods of doing discourse research in these diverse approaches. Second, the workshop will present in more detailed ways the proceedings of the sociology of knowledge approach to discourse developed by Reiner Keller. SKAD draws on Berger & Luckmann’s sociology of knowledge, but includes major Foucauldian concepts and research interests. Integrating both, it re-orientates discourse research towards questions of social relationships of knowledge and politics of knowledge, referring in its concrete ‘ways of doing’ to qualitative research design and interpretative analytics.
Part 1: The arena of discourse studies
- Discourse Research – which approach, what for?
- How to find good questions?
- The analytical process: Deconstruction, reconstruction or co-construction?
- Multiple ways of doing and multiple outcomes
- Looking for discourses and ‘dispositifs’: Texts and beyond
- Strategies for analyzing data
General Congress Sessions with Reiner Keller
Monday, March 20, 2017
Dear readers and followers of the SKAD page,
I'd like to give you advance notice of some upcoming events:
- The first SKAD 'autumn school', held entirely in English and geared toward international participants, is now scheduled to take place at the University of Augsburg in September 2017. This intensive workshop is intended to allow researchers to work directly with myself and other SKAD experts towards exploring SKAD fundamentals as well as advanced techniques and applying them to their own fields of interest. More info coming very soon!
- A first draft of the English translation of the original SKAD book, in which I explain the origins and principles of this approach in full detail, is now complete. I am now in the process of revising and updating it; hopefully the book will be out by the end of the year (or earlier, if possible).
- Along with some colleagues, I am preparing a textbook on SKAD to be published with Routledge in the near future.
All the best,
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Conference organizers: Reiner Keller and Sasa Bosancic
Participation is free of charge, please contact email@example.com for details.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Analyzing Discourse and Foucauldian Regimes of Power/Knowledge with the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse and related perspectives
The Thirteenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry May 17-20, 2017 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), see http://icqi.org/
Prof. of Sociology, Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences
Prof. Dr. Reiner Keller