Critique: An interdisciplinary day conference

An interdisciplinary day conference critiquing the notion of Critique is being held on 26th June 2009 at the Dept of Social Sciences, Loughborough University. Key speakers are Michael Billig, Paul Chilton, Lilie Chouliaraki and Andrew Sayer.

Critique and being critical are key notions across the social sciences and humanities, but they are rarely subject to discussion and examination. What do we mean by ‘critique’? What does it mean to be ‘critical’? Despite being central to the whole approach to language and semiosis advanced by CDA scholars, until recently, this key concept has received surprisingly little (critical) attention and explication. This comparative silence has prompted a variety of scholars – both sympathetic and antagonistic to CDA as an analytic approach – to fill this gap with a variety of interpretive possibilities.

These and other issues will be addressed at the Critique day conference – the latest in a biannual series of events organised by an informal international grouping of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) scholars.

CDA is a heterogeneous and multidisciplinary approach to the examination of the role of language and semiosis in social life, and the speakers have been chosen with this heterogeneity in mind. The day conference will host four speakers from cognate academic disciplines: sociology, social psychology, linguistics and media studies. Each speaker will summarise their approach to critical analysis and provide an account of the enduring importance of ‘being critical’ in social research. The advantage of limiting the day to four keynote speakers in this way means that we maximise time for questions, discussion (and critique!), and identify useful parallels and potential areas of cross-fertilisation from the complementary disciplinary approaches.

Our confirmed speakers:

  • Professor Michael Billig, Professor of Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University: ‘The language of critique’
  • Professor Paul Chilton, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University: ‘Critical perspectives’
  • Professor Lilie Chouliaraki, Professor of Media and Communications, Department of Media, London School of Economics: ‘Critique as Phronesis: Ethics and the Critical Analysis of Discourse’
  • Professor Andrew Sayer, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University: ‘What is critical about critical social science?’

Registration costs:critique-online_003
£20.00 Academic and academic related staff
£10.00 Students and researchers

Places are limited, so early registration is recommended.

Please email for a registration form.

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