CDA2016 Conference

International Conference Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA 2016) | November 17-19, 2016 | Targoviste, Romania 

Associated scientific event of

2nd Central & Eastern European LUMEN International Conference Multidimensional Education & Professional Development. Ethical Values | CEE MEPDEV 2nd edition | 17-19 November 2016 | Targoviste, Romania

Venue | Valahia University of Târgoviște, Faculty of Political Sciences, Letters and Communication, str. Aleea Sinaia, 3, Targoviste, Romania.

Main Organizer | Faculty of Political Sciences, Letters and Communication, Valahia University of Târgoviște, Romania

Co-organizer | LUMEN Association – LUMEN Research Center in Social & Humanistic Sciences, Iasi, Romania

Aims & Topics |

Critical Discourse Analysis, as a version of textually-oriented discourse analysis (TODA), has lately been a preferred approach for many discourse analysts, especially those drawing on socially or politically-oriented discourse analysis. CDA comes with a series of tools that allow discourse analysis in fields of interest other than strictly linguistically-oriented ones. The kinds of relationships it establishes at the level of discourse analysis are meant to open up broader perspectives in the process of working for the understanding of the use of language, of the purpose underlying diverse choices in the use of language.

As a means of examining discourse, critical discourse analysis has proved to be extremely useful in a wide range of contexts, with types of discourse for which no framework seemed appropriate (with social discourses such as sexist discourse, racist discourse, ethnic discourse, medical discourse, management discourse – employer/employee dialogue, etc.). With political discourse as well, CDA proves to be the right framework within which analysis can produce answers. In CDA, ‘power’ is a central concept in the discussion of discourse analysis. ‘Social change’ is another CDA concept widely referred to. Discourse, as a form of representation of culture and society, can represent social status, as well as transform it, at the same time.

Research must look into (con)text(s), discourse theory and, not ultimately, into the social issues involved in and implied by the use of language, as well as into the way in which all these aspects combined contribute to ‘social change’. No discourse of any type can be analysed without taking into consideration other types of discourse, nor can one claim to be able to ignore the social, cultural and political aspects involved in the production of any type of discourse; the ethical perspective is and must also be taken into consideration.

CDA theorists have discovered that discourses from areas such as social studies, political studies, economic studies or even medicine, which may very well lend themselves to analysis, cannot, however, be analysed when we are solely equipped with the tools that language studies have to offer. The academic field needs to extend its domain of research in the sphere of discourse analysis if it is to remain connected to a society offering objects of analysis which are not only worth taking into consideration, but are also revealing for the process of understanding the way in which issues pertaining to social, political, cultural or economic areas have come to be interdependent. Summed up as a ‘relationship between language and world-view’ (Lee 1992), this opens up possibilities of interpreting language through various ‘world-views’.

The relationship between ‘context’, ‘text’ and ‘meaning’ seems to represent a factor of primary importance, which CDA considers as central to discourse analysis. We consider this line of reference equally important and relevant in the discussion of all discourse types.

We invite you to submit your contribution to one of the three panels of the CDA2016 conference:

  1. Identity and Multicultural Discourse
  2. Pedagogic Discourse
  3. Rhetoric and Public Discourse

We welcome papers addressing topics including (but by no means limited to) the following:

  • discourse and social change
  • language and power
  • identity and traces of subjectivity: discourse on identity and cultural diversity
  • pragmasemantic aspects of discourse in social situations
  • rhetorical aspects of communication
  • critical perspectives on:
    • political discourse
    • globalization discourse
    • journalistic discourse
    • new media discourse
    • ethical discourse
    • management discourse
    • didactic and pedagogical discourse
  • intercultural and interdisciplinary approaches to power discourse
  • multicultural discourse

Deadlines for abstract submission |

  • 15th October 2016 – early registration
  • 25th October 2016 – normal registration
  • 1st of November 2016 – late registration

Registration fees |

Please consult the registration fees page for LUMEN MEPDEV2016 conference at . The registration fees available for LUMEN MEPDEV2016 will be in accordance with the registration period at CDA2016 conference. (i.e one registered until 15th of October will pay the early registration fee – 35 euro etc )

Publication of full papers |

Please consult the Publication options, conditions and fees available for 2nd LUMEN MEPDEV2016 conference at

Organizing Committee |

  • Ioana RAICU – Lecturer PhD – Valahia University of Targoviste, Romania
  • Tomita CIULEI – Associate Professor PhD- Valahia University of Targoviste, Romania

Scientific Committee |

  • Tomita CIULEI – Associate Professor PhD, Valahia University of Targoviste, Romania
  • Petre Mares – Professor PhD, Valahia University of Targoviste, Romania
  • Antonio SANDU – Professor PhD, Stefan cel Mare University from Suceava, Romania

Register & Submit your abstract |

Submit your abstract by using the LUMEN Submission Platform – topic 2nd LUMEN MEPDEV2016  or by email at

Use the 2nd LUMEN MEPDEV2016 registration and abstract submission template to submit at LUMEN Submission Platform

We look forward to welcoming you in Targoviste.