Monday, August 29, 2016

Call for submissions: SKAD at ICQI 2017

'Call for Papers' for the Session

Analyzing Discourse and Foucauldian Regimes of Power/Knowledge with the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse and related perspectives

ICQI 2017

The Thirteenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry May 17-20, 2017 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), see

Session Organizer:

Prof. of Sociology, Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences
Prof. Dr. Reiner Keller

University of Augsburg, Germany

The session will discuss empirical research on discourses and regimes of  power/knowledge in different social areas, using the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to  Discourse (SKAD). This perspective on discourses and their analysis draws on Foucault,  Berger and Luckmann and the interpretative paradigm of sociology including symbolic  interactionism and "communicative constructivism". In comparison to the Foucauldian  tradition, SKAD focuses more on social actors and societal arenas of discursive disputes.  In comparison to Berger & Luckmann, it expands analysis of societal processes of  knowledge construction in institutional contexts and in public or semi-public arenas.  Integrating both, it re-orientates discourse research towards questions of social  relationships of knowledge and politics of knowledge – following knowledges, their  production and power effects through societies. In doing so, SKAD takes also into  account research questions concerning situational analysis and organizational discourse  as well as the challenges of applied research in the field. The session invites researchers using the SKAD framework and related approaches to present their work and/or to discuss further perspectives.

Please submit your abstract (max. 350 words, including first and last name, current  institutional affiliation and email-address, word file) by 10th October 2016 to

Professor Keller is currently Chair of the Sociology of Knowledge Section, German Sociological  Association, and co-editor of the Journal for Discourse Research/Zeitschrift für Diskursforschung.

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