CDA20+ Symposium Amsterdam, 8-9 September 2014

Welcome to the CDA20+ website

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The CDA 20+ symposium is an initiative of the Amsterdam Critical Discourse Community (ACDC, currently hosted at VU-University) in collaboration with the research group Institutional Discourse at the University of Amsterdam (ACLC). It will take place in the city where the founders of Critical Discourse Analysis came together to put this research paradigm on the academic map. Teun van Dijk, Ruth Wodak, Norman Fairclough, Gunther Kress and Theo van Leeuwen took the first steps to shape CDA in January 1992, and since then it has taken flight as a cross-disciplinary framework with special attention to the ethics of academic and social practice. All five founders will participate in the CDA20+ Symposium. Panels will be chaired by a team of eleven moderators and together with the participants they will represent three generations of active Critical Discourse and Critical Theory scholars across relevant disciplines.

After twenty years, the time has come to look back on the developments in CDA, with a view to finding answers to the question: “How does CDA relate to current social and technological issues that affect communication, social structures and power relations?” Theoretically and methodologically, CDA and CDS have come to a crossroads of new developments with a high potential for bringing research into practice. Today, CDA’s original goals need to be rearticulated and its cross-disciplinary framework needs an update to strengthen its dynamic backbone.

The CDA 20+ Symposium is designed to reflect on the past and to recontextualise its social agenda into the new world of rapid social change. The programme will accommodate a review of its origins, its developments, achievements and innovations. With that knowledge and experience in mind, it will look ahead for ways by which it can continue to contribute to understanding the social world and to imagining alternatives as a practice of empowerment. The symposium should inspire new directions in research, new forms of collaboration, and doing emancipatory research in practice.

The CDA20+ Organising Committee, Amsterdam

Registered participants can log in (top right-hand corner) for participant information, interactive panel forums and library.

PS: This symposium is fully booked, however, if you would like to contribute to the discussions on the pre-conference online forums, please mail Steve Oswald at steve.oswald(at)