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Research interests

    Against a background in linguistics and sociology, my research interests are centered around the discursive construction of social order. My methodological focus is on the social effects of language in use. While addressing questions of power, knowledge and social change, I have pursued research on academic, educational as well as political discourses. With a background in German sociology, French linguistic discourse analysis and the qualitative traditions of the North American social sciences, I'm currently the PI of the ERC DISCONEX project (Discursive Construction of Academic Excellence) and the coordinator of DiscourseNet, an international and interdisciplinary network of discourse researchers at the crossroads of language and society (http://www.discourseanalysis.net, where you can register and get the latest news in discourse analysis).

Fields of research

    discourse, language, society
    discourse analysis, linguistic pragmatics, discursive polyphony
    sociology of (higher) education, science, intellectuals
    political communication, public sphere, mass media/culture
    methods and theories in social research
    comparative studies (e.g. France, USA, UK, Germany, Russia)

Board member of academic journals

    Palgrave Communications
    Journal of Multicultural Discourses
    Mots. Les langages du politique
    Langage et société
    Zeitschrift für Diskursforschung
    Semen. Revue de sémiolinguistique des textes et discours
    BMS, Bulletin of Sociological Methodology
    Transeo. A transnational and interdisciplinary journal on the production and the use of culture, literature and science

book series / Buchreihen / collections de livres

    Postdisciplinary Studies in Discoursewith Palgrave Macmillan (Basingstoke, Houndmills).
    DiskursNetz. Transcript, Bielefeld.
    Diskursive Produktionen: Text, Kultur, Gesellschaft / Discursive Productions: Text, Culture, Society with LIT Verlag (Münster, Hamburg, Berlin, London).
    Transpekte: Transdisziplinäre Perspektiven der Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaften beim Peter Lang Verlag (Frankfurt am Main).

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