The Complex Discursivity of Global Futures in the Making: Analyzing Transnational Orders of Discourse 1

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 10 (Juridicum)
RC33 Logic and Methodology in Sociology (host committee)
RC14 Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture
WG02 Historical and Comparative Sociology

Language: English

Global and transnational civil society, the proliferation of arenas and organizations involved in the definition of “world problems”, the burgeoning economic power of the BRIC states as well as general recognition of a “post-colonial constellation” together constitute a new and challenging reconfiguration of transnational or global orders of discourse. 
The joint session addresses sociological tools for analyzing the complex discursivity of such sites of discourse, communication, and knowledge production. This complexity is a result of the hybrid constellations of the actors and knowledge claims involved, interconnections of heterogeneous arenas of dialogue and negotiation, diverse cultural rationalities of factuality, evidence, and legitimation, and also of translation between epistemic cultures and languages from around the world.
In order to address these challenges, the session focuses on the reach of sociological tools for analyzing transnational and global discourses as knowledge-making activities which will profoundly shape the future. It intends to strengthen genuinely sociological methodologies of discourse research – a task which, according to sociologist Adele Clarke, is at the center of our discipline today. 
The session welcomes contributions which refer to theories, methodologies, and methods of discourse research designed especially for sociological research as well as presentations of empirical research that are related to these questions.
Session Organizer:
Reiner KELLER, Germany
Can We Demarcate the Future? a Discourse Analysis of the Future Studying Congressional Hearings in the US
Felix KRAWATZEK, University of Oxford (Nuffield College & Department of Politics), United Kingdom
Beyond the Orient: Contemporary Polish Discourse on Japanese Global Culture
Yasuko SHIBATA, The Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
The West Vs. the Rest – Locating the “Transnational” in Discourses on Islam
Kristina NOTTBOHM, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Luis HERNÁNDEZ AGUILAR, Independent Researcher, Mexico