Critical Discourse Analysis: an introduction – ONLINE

Critical Discourse Analysis: an introduction – ONLINE

  • Critical Discourse Analysis: an introduction - ONLINE
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Course details

qualitative seminar | level: beginner | register now
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affiliation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Textbook definitions of discourse analysis generally characterize the field as heterogeneous and constituted of a wide range of assumptions, approaches and methodologies. Reflecting the rising popularity of discourse analysis within social sciences, definitions of ‘discourse’ itself are abundant. The same goes for methodological perspectives.

In the morning session of this workshop, students will get an introduction to social constructionist approaches to discourse and discourse analysis, in particular critical discourse analysis (CDA) as defined by Fairclough (1992; 1995). CDA emerged in the late 1980s as an interdisciplinary European school of discourse studies and ‘[s]ince then, it has become one of the most influential and visible branches of discourse analysis’ (Blommaert & Bulcaen 2000, p.447).

In the afternoon session, participants will be asked to make exercises individually and/or in small groups to obtain more hands-on experience in conducting CDA. Finally, through classroom discussions, students will be given time to ask questions and/or discuss issues related to their own research projects. For this purpose, participants are invited to submit questions related to their project prior to the workshop.

The language of instruction and communication in this seminar is English, unless all participants understand Dutch.


Background readings


Due to the circumstances of limited places, priority is given to PhD students of a Flemish university. PhD's of a Flemish university: free of charge




Prof. Stijn Joye

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