DeXusChange 2009
Shaping Discourse to Come!

Summer School

17th - 22nd August, 2009
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  Application deadline: 29.5.2009  
  Fee payment deadline: 15.6.2009  

An Alternative, International Summer School on Discourse and Social Justice

Dates: 17th - 22nd August, 2009

Location:  Centre for Discourse Studies. Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Invited guests

  • Anabela Carvalho, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Lawrence Frey, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
  • Shi-xu, Zhejiang University, China
  • Thomas Tufte, Roskilde University, Denmark

... Deadline for fee payment: 15th June 2009 ...

DeXusChange 2009 draws upon the innovative pedagogical tradition at Aalborg University to experiment with a problem-based, project-centred research summer school for doctoral students and scholars. The core concept is the free play of ideas within the thematic context of group-derived problems and reflexive project work developed during the six fruitful days of DeXusChange.

What are the themes of the summer school?

The thematics of this summer school is prompted by the recent emergence of a set of interlocking global crises including climate, energy, food, water, finance which demands a renewed interdisciplinary effort to understand how to mediate the future, the past and the present in ways that attend to equity, justice and rights. The aim is to bring together people investigating and promoting social change and transformation with an explicit focus on the role of discourse in shaping a just future (and the past). Discourse is understood as encompassing an interdisciplinary perspective on text, talk, discourse, genre, narrative, archive, document, image and rhetoric in all their modal, social and cultural forms, not only in terms of representation but also action and practice.

Themes within the interdisciplinary focus of this summer school will include the following clusters:

  • Discourse/Style/Genre/Semiotics/Rhetorics
  • Mediation/Modality/Action/Practice
  • History/Narrative/Memory/Experience
  • Change/Intervention/Critique/Social Justice
  • Rights/Ethics/Care/Hope
  • Suffering/Risk
  • Identity/Gender/'Race'/Ethnicity/Kinship
  • Belonging/Citizenship/Linking/Relationality
  • Nature/Environment/Habitus/Context
  • Interaction/Technology/Artefact
  • Structure/Ordering/Organisation/Governance
  • Space/Movement/Mobility/Flow/Scale

What are the goals of the summer school?

The goal of DeXusChange is to create a space in which attendees -- invited guests, doctoral students and established scholars -- can discuss contemporary theoretical and methodological issues in relation to social change and justice, apply interdisciplinary approaches to 'real world' problems, learn hands-on in a positive environment and find new relays between academic work and social change.

Who will participate?

DeXusChange will interest students and scholars who work in the diverse fields of discourse studies, communication studies, development studies, globalisation studies, media studies, political science, sociology, history, anthropology, international studies, social movement studies, communication activism, participatory communication, critical journalism studies, action research, and human-centred communication and informatics.

The summer school is international and open to all scholars, researchers and PhD students. Apply here. Student helpers from our own programmes will be taking part to assist participants.

Shaping discourse to come?

The idea behind the summer school's thematic subtitle "shaping discourse to come" is a promise of a discourse 'to come', a promise that is both an injunction and yet unfulfillable. It derives from Derrida's discussion of "democracy-to-come", which he proposes in the The Politics of Friendship (1997). Derrida discusses his conceptual critique of democracy in an interview with Geoffrey Bennington.



DeXusChange Collective: 20/07/2009