AUT - Discourse Research Group


Discourse Research Group

The AUT Discourse Research Group,created by the Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication (ICDC), is a forum where academics can meet to discuss and share information about discourse analysis.
The Auckland Group for Critical Discourse Analysis

2011 promises to be an exciting year for ICDC's Discourse Research Group (DRG). For six years ICDC has successfully brought together academics from AUT and other Universities to discuss and share information about Discourse Analysis.

DRG recently joined with the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland to create the Auckland Group for Critical Discourse Analysis (AGCDA).

AGCDA aims to provide a dynamic forum where academics and non-academics alike can discuss the meanings, practice, complexities and significance of engaging with critical discourse.

Its committee members include:

  • Professor Allan Bell (ICDC, AUT University)
  • Dr. Edward McDonald (School of Asian Studies
  • University of Auckland)
  • Dr. Mark Amsler (Department of English, University of Auckland)
  • Philippa Smith (ICDC, AUT University)
  • Co-ordinator Alwin C. Aguirre (ICDC, AUT University).
 The inaugural meeting held on 24 March 2011 at the University of Auckland featured three presentations that focused on different aspects, meanings and practices of critical discourse analysis:
  • What’s not to like about discourse? - Mark Amsler (Department of English, Auckland University)
  • Critical what?—discovering CDA - Alwin C. Aguirre (PhD Student, ICDC, AUT)
  • The perils and pleasures of CDA: a case study of the sinophone - Edward McDonald (School of Asian Studies, Auckland University)

You can download PowerPoint presentations from the 2011 Presentations
Two more meetings are scheduled to be held this year. These will lead up to the 3rd New Zealand Discourse Conference in December at AUT.

For those interested in discourse analysis the following compilation of quotes and references provides a useful starting point: What is Discourse Analysis? pdf icon (49KB)

Group email List

Members are emailed information on upcoming presentations and discourse-related material.

To have your email address added to our group list or for further information on meetings please contact Kristie Elphick, Research Administator on(09) 921 9999 extn 8473 or by email

Last updated: 22-Aug-2014 9.42am

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