Discourse & Society: Looking Backwards, Forwards and Sideways

McIlvenny, P. (Foredragsholder)

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    In my inaugural lecture I will take a retrospective glance at my research 'oeuvre' in the field of discourse studies over the last 20 years. I will demonstrate and exemplify why studying language and other modalities of meaning-making in their social, cultural and political contexts is both fascinating and necessary in the contemporary world. My illustrations will be drawn from my investigations of public speakers at Speakers' Corner, performative interaction in stand-up comedy, masculinity and disability in autobiographical graphic novels, interculturality on television debate shows, virtual interaction in online worlds, gender in new technologies, online discourses of transnational adoption, and disciplinary practices in reality TV parenting shows. Following these examples, I will be a little indulgent and attempt to pin down overarching themes and methods that seem to preoccupy me. I will also sketch out some of the research topics I propose to continue with or take up afresh in the future. Additionally, I will speculate on what collaborative projects I would like to pursue over the next years. Finally, I will take a sideways glance at what fruitful, 'crab-like' interdisciplinary links could be made from discourse studies to other approaches and disciplines across the faculties.
    Periode12 dec. 2008
    Sted for afholdelseDiscourse & Society
    PlaceringAalborg, Danmark