Special Issue "Discourses in the Age of Scarcity"

A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 39

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Mario Bisiada
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Guest Editor
Department of Translation and Language Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Interests: discourse studies; critical applied linguistics; cross-linguistic analysis; translation studies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The world is at a critical point due to a range of interconnected crises, including the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, the rise in energy prices and renewed geopolitical tensions and conflicts between global powers, all of which are taking place against the backdrop of the potentially most devastating peril, the global climate emergency. Correlations between these crises and conflicts point to the end of cheap and abundant energy (Turiel 2021), an aspect that may fuel further conflicts in this new era of scarcity. A trend towards rapid rearmament and isolationism is observable across the world, putting at risk the achievements of globalization and starkly contrasting with industrial countries’ inaction on global warming. All these developments may lead to increased migration and global unrest.

This Special Issue of the open access journal Societies aims to collect critical discourse studies on the abovementioned global geopolitical conflicts and crises, especially on issues of climate change, energy politics, migration and rearmament. A “discourse” here is understood as “a system of meaning—a set of propositions that cohere around a given object of meaning” (Baxter 2011:2). This Issue seeks to investigate how powerful discourses reassert themselves and how powerful actors or institutions use them to legitimate and justify certain actions and decisions, present their actions or decisions as being necessary and without alternatives or mobilize people around them. The Special Issue aims to drive forward critical discourse research and expand it interdisciplinarily by promoting the study of language from various angles with the aim of explaining power rather than just revealing it. Power is considered here as not inherently positive or negative, but potentially dangerous if not questioned (see Foucault 1980). Papers can take any theoretical or disciplinary approach, but should aim to show how power operates in and through discourses rather than just how it is held by particular, precategorized actors or institutions (Pennycook 2001:93). Papers focusing on lesser studied discourses, actors and non-Western contexts are especially welcome.

We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 400−600 words summarizing their intended contribution. Please send it to the guest editor ([email protected]) or to the Societies Editorial Office ([email protected]). Abstracts will be reviewed by the guest editor for the purposes of ensuring its suitability within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review.

Contributions have to follow one of the three categories of papers (article, conceptual paper or review) of the journal and address the topic of the special issue.


Baxter, Leslie A. 2011. Voicing relationships: A dialogic perspective. London: SAGE.

Foucault, Michel. 1980. Truth and power. In Colin Gordon (ed.) Power/knowledge: selected interviews and other writings 1972–1977. Brighton: The Harvester Press. 107–133.

Pennycook, Alastair. 2001. Critical applied linguistics: A critical introduction. Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Turiel, Antonio. 2021. The energy crisis in the world today: Analysis of the world energy outlook 2021. Available at https://doi.org/10.31009/viewpoint.2022.01.

Dr. Mario Bisiada
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Societies is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • critical discourse studies
  • language and power relations
  • corpus-assisted discourse studies
  • appraisal theory
  • positioning
  • global geopolitical discourse
  • climate change
  • migration

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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