Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Reiner Keller and SKAD at ICQI 2017

13th Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 17 - 20, 2017

Registration is still available for Reiner Keller's on-site workshop under


"Doing Discourse Research” (Workshop on Thursday, May 18)

Discourse Studies today cover a large field across the social scienes, ranging from work inspired by Foucault, Critical Discourse Analysis through Hegemonics Analysis, Corpus Lingustics and more interpretive approaches. The present workshop on “Doing Discourse Research” will introduce participants to the main positions in the heterogeneous field of discourse research (including Foucauldian perspectives, CDA, Hegemonics and the Sociology of Knowledge approach to discourse SKAD). As there is no one best way to discourse research, each of the positions mentioned allows for dealing with particular questions in critical inquiry into discourses. The first part of the workshop therefore discusses the relationship between theoretical groundings, analytical potential and methods of doing discourse research in these diverse approaches. Second, the workshop will present in more detailed ways the proceedings of the sociology of knowledge approach to discourse developed by Reiner Keller. SKAD draws on Berger & Luckmann’s sociology of knowledge, but includes major Foucauldian concepts and research interests. Integrating both, it re-orientates discourse research towards questions of social relationships of knowledge and politics of knowledge, referring in its concrete ‘ways of doing’ to qualitative research design and interpretative analytics.

Part 1: The arena of discourse studies
  • Discourse Research – which approach, what for?
  • How to find good questions?
  • The analytical process: Deconstruction, reconstruction or co-construction?
  • Multiple ways of doing and multiple outcomes
Part 2: How to do it: The example of SKAD
  • Looking for discourses and ‘dispositifs’: Texts and beyond
  • Strategies for analyzing data


General Congress Sessions with Reiner Keller

Monday, March 20, 2017

What's new in SKAD? Update March 2017

Dear readers and followers of the SKAD page, 

I'd like to give you advance notice of some upcoming events: 
  • The first SKAD 'autumn school', held entirely in English and geared toward international participants, is now scheduled to take place at the University of Augsburg in September 2017. This intensive workshop is intended to allow researchers to work directly with myself and other SKAD experts towards exploring SKAD fundamentals as well as advanced techniques and applying them to their own fields of interest. More info coming very soon!
  • A first draft of the English translation of the original SKAD book, in which I explain the origins and principles of this approach in full detail, is now complete. I am now in the process of revising and updating it; hopefully the book will be out by the end of the year (or earlier, if possible).
  • Along with some colleagues, I am preparing a textbook on SKAD to be published with Routledge in the near future.
As always, feel free to leave a message or ask questions in the comments below!

All the best,

Reiner Keller

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Discursive Construction of Reality III

The Discursive Construction of Reality III

March 23 - 24 2017 in Augsburg, Germany
Conference organizers: Reiner Keller and Sasa Bosancic

Participation is free of charge, please contact for details.