Skip to content

Disentangling Crisis Discourse – 2nd call for participation

June 24, 2012

2nd call for participation:

Disentangling Crisis Discourse

Workshop on Crisis Discourse Analysis


 Wednesday 11th July, 2012, 10:30-17:00

Lancaster University

Organised by Amelie Kutter (Sociology) and Johnny Unger (LAEL)

Sponsored by Sociology and LAEL


 “When Osborne launched his scorched earth policies two years ago, it was obvious to all but the most purblind that the recovery he blithely forecast could not happen,” writes Will Hutton in The Observer [Sunday 29 April 2012]. Was it all that obvious? Why then, could these policies unfold? The aim of the workshop “Disentangling Crisis Discourse” is to further understanding of how the financial crisis and its consequences are being communicated and constructed in public, political and everyday discourse. We seek to uncover which concepts and tools in discourse analysis can help us to cut through the jargon-laden buzz around crisis discourse. How can we apply systematic and rigorous analysis to problematise what commentators, journalists, bloggers and even academics take for granted as fact and figure, necessity and truth, in UK and elsewhere?

During the workshop, participants will discuss short pieces of their own analysis of crisis discourse. In form of short commentaries, these pieces may later be published on the “Crisis Discourse Watch” blog, a new site for ad-hoc analysis, commentary and discussion of crisis discourse, see

The workshop will start with a roundtable discussion involving Jason Glynos (University of Essex), Andrew Sayer (Lancaster University), and Ruth Wodak (Lancaster University). They will show how the analysis of crisis discourse can be approached from their particular perspectives of the Logics Approach (Jason Glynos), Moral Economy (Andrew Sayer), and the Discourse Historical Approach (Ruth Wodak).

To participate, please send the following to and by 30th June.

  1. Your name and e-mail address
  2. Your current or past department (and institution if not Lancaster) and status (e.g. staff, MA/PhD student, independent scholar)
  1. A brief abstract (max. 150 words) outlining your chosen approach to crisis discourse (approach, method, unit or phenomenon analysed), and one piece of data (text, image, video, etc.) that you wish to analyse and discuss during the workshop.

The number of participants is unfortunately limited, and we will allocate places by order of submission of abstracts/data. Abstracts and data will be sent to the participants after 30th June to enable them to see and reflect on them in advance of the workshop. For updates see


Participation is free. Tea/coffee will be provided during the workshop

No comments yet

Engage with this post

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: