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[Commlist] CfP - Special Issue: Discursive Practice and the Role of Ideology. Discourse Studies Meets Critical Theory

Fri Aug 23 18:38:15 GMT 2019

CfP - Special Issue: Discursive Practice and the Role of Ideology. Discourse
Studies Meets Critical Theory

*Important dates*
Call for paper ending on: 20/11/2019

Johannes Beetz (University of Warwick)
Benno Herzog (University of Valencia)
Jens Maesse (University of Giessen)
Network: DIPE
Contact person: Johannes Beetz, Benno Herzog, Jens Maesse
Contact person email address: (J.Beetz /at/ [1]

*Associated media*
Cfp Call for papers [2]

In Discourse Studies, discourse is usually understood as the use of texts in
various sorts ofcontexts (situational, historical, structural,
institutional). From these practices of meaning production, different aspects
of the social such as identities, believes, attitudes, institutions, social
structures and new text production emerge. Despite this broad notion of
discourse, the notion of ideology is often understood as sets of collective
beliefs or mental representations.
In contrast to such approaches, which see ideology as immaterial beliefs, in
the last decade we observe a return of ideology critique in social and
political philosophy, sociology and cultural studies. These interventions are considering specifically the material and practical dimensions of ideologies.
Ideologies are seen therefore less as set of beliefs and representations but
as practices related to an unsustainable social order and dominating power
relations. Even if critical theory and discourse analysis have pointed to the crucial role of ideological aspects, both tendencies need deeper exchange and
discussions on the role of ideology, discourse and materiality.

Our understanding of ideology tries to bring together the analysis of
society, understood as exploitive social order, with the analysis of
practices that systematically reproduce this social order. Ideologies emerge
from special contextualities as long as they relate texts to particular
contexts, namely inequalities, exclusions and power structures. They
contribute the reproduction of social order and ideological relations are at
work in social struggles of change over hegemonic constellations as well.

In this special issue we want to bring together critical discourse studies
and critical theory in order to focus on the ideological dimensions of power,
domination, inequality and injustices that are related to discourse
production. In particular, the contributions of this special issue reflect on
the material conditions of discourse productions. The authors will elaborate
how language is related to the formation of hierarchies in discourses on
gender, race and social class. We will furthermore elaborate how subject
positions and subjectivities are formed by discourses in an unequal
socio-material space, and we will reflect on the ideological role in
these processes. A third group of contributions will discuss the relationship
between ideology and critique.

The research papers may include the following topics:

  * Update the notion of ideology and ideology critique bringing together
    social and political philosophy with discourse studies.
* Articulate critical procedures to understand the complexity of ideology.
  * Discussion of the cultural nature and cultural diversity of ideology.
  * Focus specifically on the material conditions and practical effects of
* Analyze the specific roles and functions of the ideological in different
    discourse setting

The editors are founding members of the international and interdisciplinary
research group Discourse, Ideology and Political Economy (DIPE). Together
they edited a special issue of Critical Discourse Studies on Marx and
Discourse Studies and organized several winterschools and other academic

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