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

Spotlight: Analyzing Discourse and Regimes of Power/ Knowledge, Part I 
Session 1709
Friday, May 19, 11:00-12:20
Chair: Reiner Keller, University of Augsburg
  • New Materialism - A Challenge for Discourse Research? Reiner Keller, University of Augsburg 
  • Mr. Al-Muslimi Goes to Washington: Media Witnessing in the Drone Wars, Kevin Howley, DePauw University 
  • Turn the Stigma into Capital – Ethnographical Explorations of the Utility Discourse on Ethnic Minority Teachers, Yaliz Akbaba, Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz

Spotlight: Analyzing Discourse and Regimes of Power/ Knowledge, Part II 
Session 1758
Friday, May 19, 1:00-2:20
Chair: Reiner Keller, University of Augsburg
  • Loitering forbidden - The Perception of Security in Public Spaces as Arena of Negotiation of Public Order, Katharina Miko-Schefzig, Vienna University of Economics and Business 
  • The Multiple Resiliences of Electricity Systems – A Discourse Analysis on  Anticipatory System Design in the Field of Public Power Supply, Steffen Hamborg, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg 
  • Discursive structures in knowledge co-creation: analysing interactions with SKAD and Social Network Analysis, Philipp Grunewald and Louise Cooke

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