The Center for Cultural Discourse Studies (CCDS) at the School of Foreign Languages, Jiangsu University, founded in March 2011, is a multi-functional research center devoted to academic innovation, postgraduate education, social services, etc. The CCDS fixes it objective at conglomerating the high-quality academic resources in and out of the University, both at home and abroad, to form a team of discourse researchers who will provide social services based on what they have learned and studied, and in the meanwhile to cultivate a team of young researchers who will take the lead in both teaching and academic studies.
Currently, the CCDS consists of 16 researchers, including 8 teachers in and out of Jiangsu University, 4 appointed researchers, and 4 MA candidates majoring in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the School of Foreign Languages. All these researchers are divided into 4 standing research groups, namely, business discourse research group, political discourse research group, media discourse research group and academic discourse research group. 1 member of the CCDS is Appointed Specialist of Zhenjiang Center for Studies on Social Sciences and 1 member Candidate for Youth Academic Leader of Jiangsu University. The CCDS has established good relations in academic cooperation with such famous discourse research and teaching institutions as the Department of Verbal Communication, rgumentation Theory and Rhetoric at the University of Amsterdam, Leiden University Center for Languages (LUCL), Center for Chinese Contemporary Discourse Studies in Zhejiang University, Center for the Study of Language and Cognition at Zhejiang University, Center for Functional Linguistics at Sun Yat-sen University, Center for Culture and Discourse Studies at Hangzhou Normal University, etc.
Honorary Director: Professor Shi Xu (PhD Supervisor at the School of Foreign Languages, Zhejiang University, “Cheung Kong Scholar of the Chinese Ministry of Education”）
Director: Dr Wu Peng
Chair of Academic Affairs: Yan Linqiong
Chair of Contact Affairs: Ji Lijun
Chair of Meeting Affairs: Xu Huixia
2. Academic Advisors
Frans van Eemeren Professor, PhD Supervisor at Amsterdam University/Leiden University
Jan Renkema Professor, PhD Supervisor at Tillburg University
Shi Xu Professor, PhD Supervisor at the School of Foreign Languages and Culture and International Exchanges, Zhenjiang University
Xiong Minghui Professor, PhD Supervisor at the Department of Philosophy, Sun Yat-sen University
Mao Haoran Professor, Master Supervisor at the School of Foreign Languages, Fujian Normal University
Feng Jieyun Professor, Master Supervisor at the School of English Language, University of International Business and Economics
Yan Jianying Professor, Master Supervisor at the School of Marxism, Jiangsu University
Xu Cihua Associate Professor, PhD Supervisor at the Center for Language and Cognition, Zhenjiang University
Chen Weiying Associate Professor, PhD Supervisor at the School of Foreign Languages and Culture and International Exchanges, Zhenjiang University
Pan Xiaoli Chairing Editor at Zhenjiang Federation of Social Sciences
3. Research Groups
Business Discourse Research Group: Wu Peng, Yan Linqiong, Zhu Mi
Political Discourse Research Group: Wang Feng (Department of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Finance University), Xu Huixia, Wu Peng, Shi Wen
Media Discourse Research Group: Yang Na (School of Foreign Languages, Zhejiang Gongshang University), Ji Lijun, Chen Zhongli, Ma Yingqiu
Academic Discourse Research Group: Wang Haolei (Department of Language Use/Guizhou Normal University), Fan Linfang, Wu Yuanyuan
Notes: the first member of each group acts as the convener of academic activities.
Research Hypothesis of the Center
Discourse Studies have outgrown the sheer grammatical analysis into a frontier multi-disciplinary research field in humanities and social sciences, enjoying three kernel features, namely awareness of social problems, multi-disciplinary and micro- and macro- systematic linguistic analysis at the contemporary state. In view of this, besides paying attention to the academic significance of discourse analysis, Chinese discourse researchers should make efforts in the following three aspects: (1) taking social problems, especially the most urgent ones as research tasks and value orientations in order to offer solutions or partial solutions to them and conscientiously examine all reforms and development in contemporary China with the awareness of significant issues and the perfect unity between the academic significance and the social responsibility of discourse researchers; (2) constructing a discourse theory and discourse strategies rooted in Chinese culture and conforming to the Chinese social-historical context by both emulating the foreign discourse theories and excavating the cultural discourse conception of ancient Chinese scholars; (3) carrying out discourse studies from different levels and perspectives by strengthening the cooperation between different disciplines and sharing the varied ideas of different scholars.
Publications and Projects (an incomplete list)
1. Strategic manipulation: rhetorical extension of program-dialectics. Journal of Fujian Normal University (Social Sciences Edition). 2015.
2. A critical review of contemporary western discourse studies and their localization in China. Modern Foreign Languages. 2014(2).
3. “Social-cognitive” orientation of rhetorical criticism: a case of media argumentative discourse of China’s “practicing neocolonialism in Africa”. Media and Communication Studies. 2014(9).
4. Review on How to Do Critical Discourse Analysis: A multimodal introduction. Discourse & Communication. 2014(2).
5. Discourse interaction and discourse strategies in trade disputes. Guizhou Social Sciences. 2013(10)
6. Media discourse on the “city integration strategy” of Nanjing, Zhenjiang and Yangzhou. Chinese Contemporary Discourse Studies. 2013(3)
7. Review on Communication Research Methods. Journal of Communication. 2013(1).
8. Corpus-based media discourse studies—a case of New York Times reporting on Chinese women. Chinese Journal of Journalism and Communication. 2012(9).
9. A Discourse-Analytic Research into Sino-Us Trade Dispute on Tire Imports. Journal of Beijing University of Science and Technology. 2011(8).
10. Discourse and Trade Disputes: a framework for trade disputes discourse studies. Academic Forum, 2010(9).
11. On Political Discourse in Practice. Modern Foreign Languages. 2010(8).
12. A Critical Introduction to Discourse and Power. Modern Foreign Languages. 2009(8).
13.Discourse and Power. Discourse & Communication . 2009(5).
14.What We Remember: the discursive construction of memory in military discourse. Discourse &Society. 2010(3).
15.Local Construction a Global Language. Discourse &Society. 2011(11).
16. On the Practical Knowledge of Curriculum Reform of a College English Teacher. Education Monthly. 2011(1).
17. Excellent College Teachers’ Thought on Their Professional Development: A Narrative Inquiry. Education Monthly. 2010(6).
18. Excellent College Teachers’ Professional Development and Reflection: A Narrative Inquiry. Modern Educational Science (Higher Education Studies). 2010(12).
19. Contemporary western discourse studies and their features. Social Sciences Newspaper. 2011.8.15
Discourse and trade dispute: a discourse analytic research of Sino-US tire special safeguard case, People’s Press, 2015.
Introduction to Discourse Studies, Chongqing University Press, 2014. (by Wu Peng, Feng Jieyun, Yan Linqiong）
Pragma-Dialectics: from standard theory to extended theory, Shanghai Jiaotong University Press, 2015.
1. A pragma-dialectics approach to Sino-US trade disputes (14CYY053). Youth Project of National Social Sciences Foundation. In progress.
2. A discourse analytical research of Sino-US trade disputes (11YJC740113). Youth Project of the Humanities and Social Sciences Foundation of the Chinese Ministry of Education. In progress.
3. Studies on China’s discourse strategies on international trade disputes (ZC125-14). “12th Five-year Planning” Project of State Language Affair Commission. Completed.
4. Investigating the Discourses of Sino-US Trade Disputes (10YYB012). Jiangsu Provincial Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Sciences. Completed
5. A Narrative Inquiry into Teacher’s Practical Knowledge in the National College English Curriculum Reform (C-b/2009/01/009). Jiangsu Provincial Planning Office of Education Science. Completed.
6. A practical knowledge approach to college English teachers’ professional growth (C-c/2011/01/25). Jiangsu Provincial Planning Office of Education Science. In progress.
7. A Critical Discourse Analysis of American Trade Investigation Reports Concerning China Imports (2011SJB740005). Department of Education of Jiangsu Province Foundation for Philosophy and Social Sciences. Completed.
8. Research on practical knowledge of college English teachers and their development path (KT2011524). Jiangsu Provincial Planning Office of Education Science. In progress.
9. A Study on the Discourse of China-EU Trade Disputes (YK2009016). Zhejiang Provincial Education Department. Completed.
10. Media Communication Strategies for the Construction of Zhenjiang’s New City Image (2011-2012). Zhenjiang Federation of Social Sciences. Completed.
11. A New College English Teaching and Researching Model Based on the Teacher-Student Learning Community. Jiangsu University. Completed.
12. Studies on Constructing Zhenjinag City Image: Status Quo and Countermeasures (2013). Key Project of Zhenjiang Federation of Social Sciences Foundation. Completed.