Nordisco 2014

Nordisco 2014, the Nordic Interdisciplinary Conference on Discourse and Interaction
November 12-14, 2014
University of Jyväskylä, Finland

The Nordic Interdisciplinary Conference on Discourse and Interaction (NorDIsCo) was established in 2010 to bring together researchers and doctoral students in the Nordic and Baltic region who investigate discourse and interaction from different disciplinary perspectives.

After two successful meetings in Aalborg (2010) and Linköping (2012), it is now our pleasure to host the third Nordic and Baltic conference at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland). The conference will be organized by the Department of Languages and the Centre for Applied Language Studies in collaboration with the Finnish Association for Applied Linguistics (AFinLA) November 12-14, 2014.

The conference will highlight research on the organization, structures and constitution of texts, talk, discourse and social interaction and provide a forum for discussion and debate across disciplinary boundaries. The theme of this third conference is Discourse, communities and identities in the North.

Hosted at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), Nordisco 2014 welcomes contributions on any aspects of discourse and social interaction, particularly with respect to discourse, communities and identities in the North.

We encourage participants to explore, from the vantage point of their own research, one or more of the following questions:
*How can discourse studies help us understand developments in today’s communities in the North?
*What kinds of theories, methods, tools and technologies are needed to better understand changing identities and the challenges of communities?
*How can discourse studies help understand, inform, advice and intervene in the lives of communities to promote improved communicative practices?

We invite contributions from different and diverse fields of enquiry, including – but not limited to – discourse studies, conversation analysis, discursive psychology, critical discourse analysis, interaction analysis, rhetoric, narrative analysis, social semiotics, multimodal discourse analysis, gesture studies and communication activism.

Venue and date
The conference will be hosted by the Department of Languages and the Centre for Applied Language Studies at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, on November 12-14, 2014.

The conference will consist of two plenary presentations, panel sessions, parallel paper sessions and a plenary round table discussion with contributions from leading researchers representing different domains of discourse studies.

Elizabeth Lanza (Oslo) and Anna Lindström (Uppsala) are plenary speakers, and Paul McIlvenny (Aalborg), will chair a round table on the future of discourse and interaction studies in the Nordic region. More information about the round table will be given in the second Call for Proposals.

We invite submissions for panel sessions and paper presentations. Panel sessions consist of several thematically related papers to be scheduled in 90 or 180 minute slots. Paper presentations are organized in parallel sessions with 30 minute slots that include discussion time. We will consider abstract proposals for concluded research projects as well as work-in-progress. If you wish to submit an abstract for consideration by the Scientific Committee, please visit the conference website for more detailed information on the submission process.

The online submission system will open in January 2014. The deadline for proposals for panel sessions is on February 28 and for individual paper presentations April 30, 2014.

Presentations can be given in English or in a Nordic language (if preferred). Please indicate your language preference when you submit your abstract.

Review procedure
Abstracts will be reviewed for quality, relevance, topicality and originality by the Scientific Committee.


Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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