New Zealand Discourse Conference (NZDC5)

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

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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 >>

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. InternetNZ.


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