Monday, April 20, 2015

Call for Papers - The Complex Discursivity of Global Futures in the Making

The Complex Discursivity of Global Futures in the Making: Analyzing Transnational Orders of Discourse

Session organized by Reiner Keller at the III. ISA Forum of Sociology, July 10th - 14th, 2016, in Vienna, Austria

Deadline for submission:  September 30th, 2015

Global and transnational civil society, the proliferation of arenas and organizations involved in the definition of ‘world problems’, the burgeoning economic power of the BRIC-states as well as general recognition of a ‘post-colonial constellation’ together constitute a new and challenging reconfiguration of transnational or global orders of discourse. The joint session addresses sociological tools for analyzing the complex discursivity of such sites of discourse, communication, and knowledge production. This complexity is a result of the hybrid constellations of the actors and knowledge claims involved, interconnections of heterogeneous arenas of dialogue and negotiation, diverse cultural rationalities of factuality, evidence, and legitimation, and also of translation between epistemic cultures and languages from around the world.

In order to address these challenges, the session focuses on the reach of sociological tools for analyzing transnational and global discourses as knowledge- making activities which will profoundly shape the future. It intends to strengthen genuinely sociological methodologies of discourse research – a task which, according to sociologist Adele Clarke, is at the center of our discipline today.

The session welcomes contributions which refer to theories, methodologies, and methods of discourse research designed especially for sociological research as well as presentations of empirical research that are related to these questions.

Click here to view the full text of the call.

Also, Reiner Keller's workshop on SKAD at the 11. ICQI at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U.S.A.) is coming up next month (May 20 - 23). Read more about this SKAD workshop here.