Professor of Discourse, Languages and Applied Linguistics
Open University, UK
I have brought an international background in linguistics and sociology to the forefront of discourse research.
An international and interdisciplinary curriculum
My academic journey has placed me at the centre of major strands in Discourse Studies. A product of British, French and German academia, I have intimate knowledge of Europe’s major academic systems and their intellectual traditions. As a result, I have developed a reflexive interest in the ways linguistic practices are embedded in both local and global relations of power.
Studying science and politics
Central to my research is the question how social order is produced and reproduced in meaning-making practices, in contemporary politics as well as among specialised academics. I consider discourse as a dynamic practice of constructing subjectivities under conditions of social inequality.
Drawing on my comprehensive interdisciplinary background, I am critical of disciplinary orthodoxies. Building on qualitative and quantifying methodologies, my research testifies to the creative theoretical articulations in empirical discourse research. I have led large projects in discourse research and the sociology of science.
This webpage provides you with a pathway to my background, expertise and publications. You may also get an idea of many other developments which have come together in DiscourseNet, the International Association of Discourse Studies, for which I served as the founding president.
Whether you are an academic, a student, or an inquisitive mind, I will be happy to hear from you.
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Professors may appear as specialised individualists in their fields, and yet they follow pathways which are anything but unique. Drawing from a unique data set, the authors analyse the trajectories of the almost 2000 linguists and sociologists who hold full professorships in Germany, France and the UK in 2015. With a background in social theory, they reveal models, structures and rules that organise the professional lives and biographies of the most senior academics. We present the results of a systematic empirical study, which will be of interest to specialists in higher education studies as well as to linguists and sociologists, and to all academics more generally.
Discourse Studies is an interdisciplinary field studying the social production of meaning across the entire spectrum of the social sciences and humanities. The Discourse Studies Reader
brings together 40 key readings from discourse researchers in Europe and North America, some of which are now translated into English for the first time. Divided into seven sections – ‘Theoretical Inspirations: Structuralism versus Pragmatics’, ‘From Structuralism to Poststructuralism’, ‘Enunciative Pragmatics’, ‘Interactionism’, ‘Sociopragmatics’, ‘Historical Knowledge’ and ‘Critical Approaches’.