The New Zealand Discourse Conferences were initiated by Professor Allan Bell and Dr Philippa Smith from AUT’s Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication in 2007. The growing popularity of discourse analysis across disciplines was recognised as a trend occurring in New Zealand as much as it was overseas. Therefore a conference held in the southern hemisphere every two years that attracted plenary speakers and delegates from around the world was deemed to be an ideal opportunity to establish important global networks and links for academics with an interest in discourse. In addition the workshops conducted by plenary speakers at each conference have been a major attraction enabling delegates to tap into various methodological approaches by those with expertise in these areas.
Plenary speakers who have presented at the NZDC in the past eight years include: Margaret Wetherell, Alison Lee, Sigrid Norris, Allan Bell (2007); Rick Idema, Cynthia Hardy, David Grant (2009); Teun van Dijk, Monica Heller (2011); Cindy Gallois, Adam Jaworski, Allan Bell (2013); Ruth Wodak, Bob Hodge, Donald Matheson (2015). The NZDC continues to grow with the number of submissions received and delegates attending increasing with each conference. It has achieved international standing in the discourse community with academics attending from countries around the world, including the United States, Japan, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and South Africa. The Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication is delighted to pass the organisation of the 2017 conference to the Multimodal Research Centre at AUT.
Conference Committee Chair: Professor Sigrid Norris, Auckland University of Technology Professor Allan Bell, Auckland University of Technology Dr Philippa Smith, Auckland University of Technology Dr Pani Farvid Auckland University of Technology Dr Anthony Fisher, Massey University Dr Jesse Pirini, Auckland University of Technology Associate Professor Vijay Devadas, Auckland University of Technology
Operations Committee Chair: Dr Jesse Pirini Yulia Khan Edgar Bernad Tui Matelau