Call for papers: New Zealand Discourse Conference (NZDC5)

7-9 December 2015, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand

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Submissions are invited for the 5th New Zealand Discourse Conference from academics and others interested in discourse analysis that addresses theoretical, methodological or empirical research in a variety of applications.

Given the increasing use of discourse analysis in many disciplines submissions are not limited to any one particular theme. However some of the areas that have been included in our previous conferences include:

Culture and identity
Gender and diversity
Marketing and consumption
(New) media
Community and health
Place, space and time
Professions and institutions
Work, management and organization
Computer-mediated communication
Literary and historical texts
Public policy and the state
Ideology, power and knowledge
Globalization and development
Education and learning
Practice and praxis
Language and communication
Science and technology
Creativity and the arts

Plenary speakers

We are honoured that the following plenary speakers have confirmed their participation at NZDC5:

Distinguished Professor Ruth Wodak

Faculty of Linguistics and English, Lancaster University, United Kingdom. More >>

Professor Bob Hodge

Institute of Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney, Australia. More >>

Associate Professor Donald Matheson

School of Language, Social and Political Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. More >>

Presentation formats

Due to the increasing growth of NZDC, in 2015 we will include an extra stream of individual paper presentations, and for the first time accept proposals for poster presentations and themed symposia.

Individual papers

Each presentation will be allocated a 30-minute time slot, 20 minutes for presentation followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Papers are typically scheduled in a session of three presentations, which, where possible, will share a common theme.


Time will be scheduled during the conference for authors of posters to informally discuss their work with conference attendees. At least one author of each accepted poster is required to register for the conference, and to present their poster during the scheduled poster session.

Themed symposia

Symposia sessions, which provide an opportunity for a group of researchers to present on a single topic, should involve three presenters and one discussant. Each symposium will comprise 20 minutes presentation per speaker and 30 minutes for open discussion, introduced and led by the discussant.

Submission details

All abstracts for full paper presentations may be submitted via the Easy Abstracts submission facility of the Linguist List which can be accessed at

Abstracts for individual papers and posters should be 200-300 words in length (excluding references) and include 3-5 key words. Abstracts for themed symposia should include a 200-300 word abstract related to the symposium proposal, as well as a 200-300 word abstract for each individual presenter.

All abstracts should include a title, and clearly identify the topic of analysis, theoretical orientations, and discourse analytical approach employed. Abstracts will be anonymously reviewed and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 31th July, 2015. Individuals may submit up to two abstracts if one of those is co-authored and the other sole authored.

You will receive an acknowledgement upon receipt of your submission. If you do not receive this, please contact the conference administrator at:


Register now!

Before registering, please read the information below. Prices in New Zealand Dollars.

Registration fees (Early Bird until 27 September 2015):

Registration type Early bird price Standard price
Full registration 475 535
Day registration 295 295
Student full registration 305 305
Student day registration 190 190
Dinner tickets 85 85
Additional welcome reception tickets 40 40

What is included in my NZDC registration fee?

  • Admission to all sessions of the conference
  • Conference catering on all full days of the conference (morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea)
  • Attendance to the Welcome Reception.

NB: Dinner tickets and additional Welcome Reception tickets can be purchased separately when progressing through the registration. Only full-time enrolled students are entitled to the 'student registration' rate. A letter on your University/College letterhead signed by your Supervisor is required one week after you have registered through the conference website to maintain your student registration rate.

**Please note that registration at the location on the day of the conference is not possible.

About the plenary speakers

Ruth Wodak

Professor Ruth Wodak AcSS

Ruth Wodak is Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies at Lancaster University, UK, since 2004. Besides various other prizes, she was awarded the Wittgenstein Prize for Elite Researchers in 1996 and an Honorary Doctorate from University of Örebro in Sweden in 2010. She is past-President of the Societas Linguistica Europaea.

In 2011, she was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria. Her research interests focus on discourse studies; gender studies; language and/in politics; prejudice and discrimination; and on ethnographic methods of linguistic field work.

She is member of the editorial board of a range of linguistic journals and co-editor of the journals Discourse and Society, Critical Discourse Studies, and Language and Politics, and co-editor of the book series Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture (DAPSAC).

She has held visiting professorships in University of Uppsala, Stanford University, University Minnesota, University of East Anglia, and Georgetown University; she is member of the British Academy of Social Sciences and member of the Academia Europaea.

In 2008, she was awarded the Kerstin Hesselgren Chair of the Swedish Parliament (at University Örebrö). In the spring 2014, Ruth held the Davis Chair for Interdisciplinary Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC. She has published 8 monographs, 27 co-authored monographs, over 60 edited volumes and ca 400 peer reviewed journal papers and book chapters. Her new monograph The Politics of Fear (Sage) is in press. Read about Ruth's ongoing research projects and recent publications.

Bob Hodge

Bob Hodge.

Bob Hodge, FAHA, is Foundation Professor of Humanities at the University of Western Sydney, and professorial research fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, UWS. He co-authored a seminal work in Critical Linguistics, Language as Ideology, with Gunther Kress, 1993, and the also seminal Social Semiotics, with Gunther Kress, 1988.

He has authored or co-authored 20 books and more than 100 articles in refereed journals or chapters across a broad field of semiotic and cultural analysis, including Australia (Myths of Oz, with Fiske and Turner, 1987) China (Politics of Chinese Language and Culture, with Kam Louie, 1998) and Mexico (Mexico and its others, with Gabriela Coronado, 2011).

He is currently working on a book synthesizing Linguistics, Social Semiotics and CDA for Polity Press.

Donald Matheson


Donald Matheson is Associate Professor in Media and Communication at the University of Canterbury. He is the co-author of Digital War Reporting and author of Media Discourses: Analysing Media Texts.

His work focuses on journalism practices, often with a focus on textual practices. That work overlaps with work on the ethics of communication, to which Donald takes a hermeneutic approach. In a former life he was a journalist.

NZDC5 would like to thank the following sponsors:

AUT. Austria. Massey.


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