9th Conference - CADAAD2022

9th conference of the Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD)
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Bergamo, 6-8 July 2022

We are pleased to announce that the 9th conference of the Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD), jointly organized by the University of Bergamo and Birmingham City University, will take place from 6-8 July 2022 and will be hosted by the University of Bergamo, Italy.

CADAAD conferences are intended to promote current directions and new developments in cross-disciplinary critical discourse research from a critical-analytical perspective, deal with contemporary social, scientific, political, economic, or professional discourses and genres. Whilst we hope to receive abstracts across the usual wide range of topics and approaches, we also invite scholars to present papers and posters that that engage with this year’s conference theme: (Critical) Discourse Analysis and the (new?) normal.

Norms, normalities, and normativities have undoubtedly been disturbed in recent years. Though ‘normal’ is a local, subjective, and fluid concept, norms are fundamental to collective endeavour and social practices and have important implications for ideology, power, and, of course, the construction of meaning in discourse. Equally, the destabilisation or disruption of norms gives rise to contestation over shared social values and normativities, as well as opportunities to galvanise new ways of being. The need for contemporary discourses to adjust to rapidly changing norms makes this an area of particular interest for (critical) discourse analysis.

Plenary speakers

  • Piotr Cap (University of Łódź)
  • Jonathan Charteris-Black (University of West of England)
  • Massimiliano Demata (University of Turin)
  • Frans van Eemeren (University of Amsterdam)
  • Giuliana Garzone (IULM University)
  • Elena Semino (Lancaster University)

CADAAD2022 welcomes paper, poster, and panel proposals that engage in cross-disciplinary critical discourse research and/or that respond in some way to the conference theme Discourse Analysis and the (new?) normal. Alongside submissions engaging with methodological traditions, advances in (C)DS and the theoretical handling of ‘normativity’ in (C)DS research, we invite work in discourse analysis across any discipline to explore topics and perspectives including, but not limited to:

  • Colonialism
  • Corporate and organisational communication
  • Culture, cultural studies, and cultural promotion
  • Education
  • Environment and environmentalism
  • Extremism and radicalisation
  • Health
  • Identity (gender, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity/race, etc.)
  • News and (social) media analysis
  • Politics
  • (post-)pandemic life - what, if anything, has changed?
  • Protest
  • Queer studies


Abstracts of papers (up to 4000 characters including references) and posters (up to 2000 characters including references) should be submitted via the conference webpage (www.cadaad.info). Abstracts should include research questions, a brief outline of methodology and analytical methods, and any theoretical issues addressed, as well describing the data analysed. All papers will be allocated 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions.

The language of the conference is English.


Publication of papers

Selected papers will be published in a thematically arranged volume to be submitted to an international publisher. Other selected papers will appear in a proceedings issue of the CADAAD journal.

For further information, please visit the conference webpages at www.CADAAD.info  or write to the local organising committee at cadaad.conference@gmail.com.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Bergamo!