Hosting conferences provides an ideal opportunity to bring together academics and students from various institutions to share their ideas and research findings.
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The Institute (formerly the Centre for Communication Research) held its first conference in 2003. It was hosted in conjunction with the School of Communication Studies and was titled “Between Empires: Communication, Globalisation and Identity”.
The conference attracted a large number of both New Zealand and international delegates including plenary speakers from the America, Scotland and Singapore.
Abstracts were invited for presentations in all areas of sociolinguistics, and from any region or language of the world. There were 54 presentations and participants were welcomed from a wide range of countries including South Africa, Philippines, Hong Kong, USA, Saudi Arabia, Australia and New Zealand.
As opening keynote speaker, Dr Felicity Cox, Macquarie University, NSW presented "Australian Voices". Dr Cox is regarded as one of the leading experts in the analysis of the Australian English accent. Her work on variation and change provides insights into phonetic aspects of Australian English and the nature of linguistic evolution.
The closing keynote speaker Professor Janet Holmes presented "Social identity construction in New Zealand workplaces". Professor Janet Holmes holds a personal Chair in Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington. She teaches sociolinguistics courses, specialising in language in the workplace, New Zealand English, and language and gender issues. She is Director of the Wellington Language in the Workplace project and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Our thanks go to the Faculty of Applied Humanities and the School of Languages, AUT University.
18 - 20 November 2009
Building on the success of the inaugural New Zealand Discourse Conference in December 2007, ICDC hosted the second New Zealand Discourse Conference from 18-20 November 2009.
The event was held in the conference centre at AUT University and attracted delegates from around New Zealand and from Europe, America and the Asia-Pacific region.
The conference, entitled "Tilts and Shifts - Applying a Discourse Lens, focused on a discourse analysis approach to understanding the social world".
Using the metaphor of a photographic lens, discourse analysis can be seen as a way to gain new perspectives on the social world and generate new insights into influences and changes in a range of social phenomena. Through an examination of talk, text and associated social practices, issues of identity, agency, structure, representation, power and practice can be addressed.
Great national and international interest in the conference was evident with nearly 120 abstracts received in response to the call for papers.
Authors were invited to use discourse analysis to address theoretical, methodological or empirical research issues in a variety of themes including:
As a result, 54 presenters from countries ranging from Canada, Sweden, and Switzerland, to Iran, South Africa and New Zealand were selected for the programme.
The three keynote speakers at NZDC were:
Our thanks go to Aqua Plus and the ASB for their contributions.
Professor Allan Bell (Director, ICDC) spoke on "Interpreting Babel: What Discourse Analysis can learn from Hermeneutics".
Professor Bell asked: "How can we be sure for ourselves, and demonstrate to others, that our interpretation of texts is the most fitting, the most warrantable reading, and not just one that serves our preconceived view of the world?"
This line of inquiry draws on the work of philosopher Paul Ricoeur, who developed a hermeneutics that deals explicitly with questions of the relationship of close textual analysis to wider textual interpretation.
Professor Margaret Wetherell (Director ESRC Identities Programme, Social Sciences, Open University, UK) presented the third plenary: 'Between Foucault and Garfinkel: The Case for an Unseemly Discursive Psychology.’ Her talk focused on various 'discourse wars’ about the most appropriate modes of doing discourse analysis.
The conference also featured three workshops. "How to decide" was led by Associate-Professor Alison Lee, who followed up the ideas in her keynote address on “limits” and discussed how researchers make decisions about what kind of analytic framework to adopt and why.
Professor Margaret Wetherell focused on the analytic concepts of "Subject Positions, Interpretative Repertoires and Ideological Dilemmas".
Her workshop included an evaluation of the usefulness of these concepts, problems in application, the kinds of research questions they are best fitted to and how they compared with other concepts participants might work with and prefer.
Finally, Associate-Professor Sigrid Norris (Associate Head of the School of Communication Studies, AUT University) gave participants an opportunity to work with video data and transcripts to gain some insight into the workings of multimodal analysis, with Multimodal Interaction Analysis: What can we learn about personal identity construction?’
17 November 2004
This seminar enabled those with an interest in researching children’s media culture, as well as those producing well-researched and creative children’s media, to gather and share ideas.
It was well timed because it coincided with TVNZ’s recent announcement of substantial funding for children’s television, TVNZ’s recently appointed Children’s Programming Commissioner was able to speak at the event and it took place a day before the NZ Film and TV Industry conference in Auckland.
More than 60 people gathered to hear presentations on recent research, and plans for new children’s television programming at TVNZ and Maori Television.
After introductions from Allan Bell (AUT) and Suzy Cato (Suzy’s World and You and Me) there were a range of presentations, including:
13 – 15 February 2003
The historical and cultural situation of New Zealand provides a microcosm through which to explore the new geometry of power and domination.
New Zealand, initially was bound culturally by to the British Empire, sought to be part of the decentred system of global rule that has been identified as the new form of empire.
As a pan-Pacific centre, structurally permeated by the free play of the global market, New Zealand is also deeply implicated in the politics of place and community as symbolised by its founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi.
Yet today as the once compact reassurances of mono-culturalism face the challenge of hitherto submerged ethnicities for recognition, the issues of nationhood and identity have become a major theme in the media and, relatedly, the sphere of popular culture and public debate.
The confrontation of the global and the local within the bounds of a small geopolitical space provides an opportunity to explore the fate of the Other under the multicultural logics of Empire.
Plenary speakers at this conference included: