Kōrerorero Aotearoa | NZ Discourse Conference 8 

Jointly supported by the UC College of Arts and School of Business

10 - 11 December

(Extension to call for abstracts: now due on 2 August 2021) 

Call for papers

Kōrerorero Aotearoa | The New Zealand Discourse Conference is a biennial event which brings together scholars working in a range of fields who study some form of discourse or use discourse analysis to understand other phenomena. The conference welcomes contributions that consider discourse and interaction in a variety of contexts, including interpersonal talk, institutional settings, organisational communication, mediated communication, as well as policy, political and cultural lenses on discourse. The conference welcomes diversity in theoretical and analytical approaches. Suggested areas of interest include:

  • Political discourse
  • Communication in bicultural and multicultural contexts
  • Discourse and identity
  • Language, gender and sexuality
  • Leadership discourse
  • Corpus approaches to discourse analysis
  • Multimodal discourse analysis
  • Narrative, stance and positioning
  • Life stories
  • Media discourse
  • Interpretive discourses
  • Discursive tensions and conflict
  • Digitisation and discourse
Prof Monica Heller, University of Toronto
Dr Majid KhosraviNik, Newcastle University
Prof Gail Fairhurst, University of Cincinnati
Dr Angela Moewaka Barnes, Massey University
Abstracts and panel proposals due by 2 August 2021
(late submissions will be considered, at our discretion, up to 12 August)

Decision on acceptance: Monday 12 September 2021
The conference will operate live during Aotearoa New Zealand day time, although sessions will be recorded and available afterwards. You can participate by attending in Christchurch or from your home town via Zoom. Plenary presentations will take place live. Other presentations (7-10 minutes long) should be recorded, but at least one presenter of each paper should attend their session in person or on Zoom. The conference will encourage discussion and provide time in each session for face-to-face questions and Zoom chat. At sites with multiple participants, we will help you gather and with providing morning and afternoon tea (according to what is possible while following good public health advice for the region). Because travel to Aotearoa New Zealand from outside the bubble with Australia is uncertain, we recommend international participants plan to take part remotely. In case of New Zealand entering Covid-19 level 3 or 4, the conference will move entirely online.

Submission guidelines
Abstracts of papers and proposals for panels are welcomed. Abstracts should be 750-1000 words in total and should be emailed to: nzdc8@canterbury.ac.nz

Please specify the area of your presentation and provide keywords to help us put together the sessions. Panel proposals should provide an overall justification of 300-500 words, name of chair/respondent and also specify how each participant will contribute (300 words per presenter). When proposing panels, please let us know the format you suggest would work best for the panel. Panels may be either face-to-face or Zoom-based. All abstract and panel proposals will be reviewed by our conference team and invited reviewers. A selection will be invited to submit full 7000 word papers for a special issue of Communication Research and Practice.
Waged, attending in person: NZ$200
Student and unwaged, attending in person: NZ$95
Waged, attending virtually: NZ$110
Student and unwaged, attending virtually: $60

Register now at the Eventbrite page

Email nzdc8@canterbury.ac.nz for further details.
Assoc Prof Donald Matheson, conference chair
Prof Colleen Mills, co-organiser