Scholars Program Symposium on Discourses in Action

Directed by Klaus Krippendorff
02 Dec 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Annenberg School for Communication, Room 109
Open to the Public

The Scholars Program Symposium is part of an annual series at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Each year Barbie Zelizer, Director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication, chooses an Annenberg faculty member(s) to coordinate the symposium who then works with a selected group of doctoral students. The symposium director and student committee create a theme, select speakers, arrange panels and organize the event along with Program Coordinator Emily Plowman. Often the papers presented at each symposium have been published by Routledge in a series edited by Professor Zelizer

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Discourses – scientific, public, and professional – are not only written. Enacting them animates members of distinct discourse communities, institutionalizes social structures and produces or reproduces discursive artifacts. This conference searches for commonalities across diverse communicative practices and analytical frameworks to discourse and invites contributions that explore: how discourses, authorities and powers emerge and can be undermined; what social scientific disciplines highlight and suppress; why the public discourse can be so easily hijacked by other (economic, religious, and sociological) discourses; and what it takes to bridge or travel through diverse discourses acquiring multi-disciplinary perspectives or pursuing emancipatory paths. This conference offers a place to examine existing discourses and to deliberate on where to go from here.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m        
Coffee and Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m        
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Michael X. Delli Carpini, Walter H. Annenberg Dean
Barbie Zelizer, Director of the Scholars Program
9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m        
Critical, Psychological and Ventriloquial Discourse Analyses          
Ruth Wodak
Jonathan Potter
François Cooren
Doctoral Student Moderator: Leah Ferentinos
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m        
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m        
Institutional (Scientific) Discourses
Reiner Keller
Anabela Carvalho
Greg Urban
Doctoral Student Moderator: Yilang Peng
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m        
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m        
Analyzing Discursive Interactions
Mary Angela Bock
Mariaelena Bartesaghi
Nikki Lane
Doctoral Student Moderator: Rachel Stonecipher     
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m
Cultural Contingencies of Discourses 
Hailong Tian 
Sahar Khamis
Tamar Katriel 
Doctoral Student Moderator: Nour Halabi
4:50 p.m. – 5:20 p.m        
Concluding Keynote 
Ruth Wodak 
5:20 p.m. – 5:30 p.m
Klaus Krippendorff
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m

Seating is limited; breakfast, refreshments, lunch and an evening reception will be available to those who attend.


This event may be photographed and/or video recorded for archival, educational, and related promotional purposes. We also video stream many of these video recordings through the Annenberg web site. By attending or participating in this event, you are giving your consent to be photographed and/or video recorded and you are waiving any and all claims regarding the use of your image by the Annenberg School for Communication. The Annenberg School for Communication, at its discretion, may provide a copy of the photos/footage upon written request.