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Research Environments

Local research Environments connected to InterDisc

Three local research groups form the core research environment for the doctoral programme: Mattering: Centre for Discourse & Practice; C-DiT: Centre for Discourses in Transition; and ProKom: Communication and Culture in Professional Context.

Mattering: Centre for Discourse & Practice:The aim of this knowledge group is to develop knowledge about material, discursive practices. The knowledge group combines dialogic (including historical), discourse analytic (including rhetorical) and material (including multimodal) approaches to mediation and meaning-making in social practices. The central task is to develop methods to understand, analyse, criticise and impact practices within various social areas. The methodological development will take place in conjunction with close analyses of concrete texts, interactions and practices and, further, will involve a dialogue with various ‘clients’ and partners in other research environments and in the surrounding society.

Centre for Discourses in Transition (C-DiT): This centre supports research that investigates different perspectives on discourse in our contemporary, turbulent world. In these times of crisis and transition, we need a better appreciation of the role of discourse and practice in creating and managing transition in periods of social change. The centre is concerned with how to apply discursive approaches to managing transitions democratically, with an emphasis on social and global justice. Furthermore, discourses shape transitions, but also transitions transform discourses, so the centre has an additional focus on tracking how and why discourses themselves are being transformed for a variety of reasons and purposes.

Communication and Culture in Professional Context (ProKom): This research group is committed to application-oriented research within professional communication in English, Spanish and German, in the following fields: Market Communication, e.g. sustainability, CSR, image and identity, PR; Organisational Communication, e.g. stakeholder communication, dialogue via social media; Management Communication, e.g. gender, career and culture; and Legal Communication, e.g. text comprehension, layman/specialist communication. The research group explores discourses and discursive practices, investigates linguistic, communicative and cultural organisational issues and studies organisational change processes through cooperation and observation with relevant partners.

The doctoral programme also has strong connections to the following research units: