Doing Discourse Research – Analyzing Discourse with the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse

Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory
Dr. Saša Bosančić Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences
University of Augsburg, Germany


Doing Discourse Research – Analyzing Discourse with the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse

December 9th, 2015
from 10 am to 6 pm

Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory
University of Belgrade
Belgrade, Kraljice Natalije 45

The workshop in Belgrade will discuss the theoretical groundings and the methodology of empirical research on discourses and regimes of power/knowledge in different social areas, using the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse (SKAD). This perspective on discourses and their analysis draws on Foucault, Berger & Luckmann and the Interpretative Paradigm of Sociology including Symbolic Interactionism. In comparison to the Foucauldian tradition, SKAD focuses more on social actors and societal arenas of discursive disputes. In comparison to Berger & Luckmann, it expands analysis of societal processes of knowledge construction in institutional contexts and in public or semi-public arenas. Integrating both, it re-orientates discourse research towards questions of social relationships of knowledge and politics of knowledge – following knowledges, their production and power effects through societies. In doing so, SKAD takes also into account research questions concerning situational analysis and organizational discourse as well as the questions of subjectivation.

If you are working with SKAD (or a SKAD-related approach) or if you are planning in doing so, there will be an opportunity to present and discuss your project during the workshop. It will also be possible to discuss your empirical data. If you are interested in presenting and discussing your work please write to

The workshop language will be English.


Keller, Reiner (2011): The Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse (SKAD). Human Studies 34: 43-65.
Keller, Reiner (2012): Entering Discourses: A New Agenda for Qualitative Research and Sociology of Knowledge. Qualitative Sociology Review VIII (2): 46-75.
Keller, Reiner (2012): Doing Discourse Research: An Introduction for Social Scientists. Translated by Bryan Jenner. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


  • Please register until December 1st with an email to Tamara Petrović Trifunović ( with your full name and your affiliate institution.
  • There will be no participation fee but participants are kindly requested to make their own accommodation and travel arrangements.
  • Since the number of participants is limited, we would like to ask you to inform us in time if you cannot participate.