Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft
22.09. - 24.09.2022

Autumn School University of Augsburg, Augsburg

›The Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse (SKAD)‹

Please visit for up-to-date information and details concerning registration, venues, etc. Following the success of the last three international workshops with participants from different countries spanning from Indonesia to Brazil, from Japan to the Netherlands, from Scotland to Poland and from Canada to Russia, there will be a fourth introductory workshop in English on the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse (SKAD) at the University of Augsburg in September 2022. The organiser invites novice as well as experienced academics from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to sociology, ethnology, political science, cultural studies, linguistics, education, and other humanities, to explore the potential of this approach to studying discourses in the context of their own projects and research. Please note that in case of overbooking the autumn school gives priority to participants without a strong German language background. Discourse studies today cover a large field of approaches across the social sciences, ranging from work inspired by Foucault to Critical Discourse Analysis and through to hegemonic stability theory, corpus linguistics, and on to more interpretive approaches. The Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse draws from Berger & Luckmann’s sociology of knowledge, the interpretive paradigm in pragmatist sociology, and core Foucauldian concepts in the analysis of regimes of power/knowledge, discourses & dispositifs. In doing so, SKAD re-directs discourse research towards Foucauldian research interests about questions of social relationships of knowledge & knowing and politics of knowledge & knowing. Doing discourse research refers, according to SKAD, to elements of qualitative research designs (like theoretical sampling, sequential analysis, analysis by contrasting cases, category building, discourse ethnography) and interpretive analytics. Since the late 1990s, the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse (SKAD) has been established in discourse & dispositif research in Germany and many other countries. Today, it informs a large amount of discourse & dispositif orientated 2 research projects and publications across fields and disciplines. Workshops introducing theory, methodology, and methods of SKAD research have been established in Germany for more than 20 years. Workshops in French and English have followed suit in the last years (e.g., in the United States, Switzerland, Austria, France, Denmark, Belgium, United Kingdom, Romania). The Augsburg autumn school builds on the broad international interest in SKAD and introduces core issues of the concrete doing and practice of SKAD based discourse research. It addresses colleagues from the Social Sciences and the broad range of the Humanities who are interested in learning about SKAD and its profile within the field of discourse studies as well as in doing SKAD research/using SKAD methodologies in their own discourse-oriented research.


The workshop will discuss the following topics:

• What is at stake when using SKAD in discourse research?

• SKAD theory: discourses & dispositifs – and how to conceptualise them

• Research questions and conceptual tools in SKAD

• The methodology of interpretive analytics

• Getting into the field: methods of data collection and analysing data

• Getting out of the field: from data analysis to comprehensive diagnostics

• Digital data and analysis in SKAD based discourse research

• Special interest sessions (optional): SKAD applications in sociology and the humanities & SKAD application in political science


The venue: University of Augsburg

The University of Augsburg is located in the city of Augsburg in southern Germany, which is 60 km/40 miles from the Bavarian capital Munich and can be easily reached by train or by flight via Munich (MUC) airport. Hotel rooms are available from 40-90 Euro per day. The workshop organisers will provide more information after registration.


The workshop

• The workshop starts on September 22/2022 at 4 pm and ends on September 24/2022 at 6 pm.

• The number of participants is limited to 25 people max. Depending on the number of participants who wish to present their work, the organisers may need to select amongst the individual projects for discussion.

• Special interest sessions “sociology & humanities” / “political science”

• Additional program: open space time slots for questions and discussion, dinner, pubcrawl

• Venue: University of Augsburg Campus; for more information see , “Travel and Hotel Information”.


Workshop fee

The workshop fee is 70 Euro per person (includes refreshments during the workshop). This fee does not cover travel, accommodation, or meals, which are the responsibility of each individual participant. A reduced fee (35 Euros) might apply for participants arriving from Non-European ‘low income’ countries without institutional coverage of participation.



Please register by e-mail at This should include the following elements:

• Last name, first name, e-mail

• Private address or address at your institution

• Current position

• If applicable: your current research project in discourse analysis and whether or not you are interested in presenting and discussing your own research/data at the workshop.

• Choice of special interest (A: sociology & humanities / B: political science)

After your registration you will receive a preliminary confirmation. We will also send you an invoice for the participation fee to be paid. The registration becomes fully effective when the participation fee has been received on our booking account. 4 Withdrawing from the workshop is possible until four weeks before the event; cancellations after this time will not be refunded. There will be a waiting list in case the event is fully booked. Please note that depending on the Corona situation in September 2022, particular university campus regulations (such as proof of vaccinations, obligatory mask wearing) might apply.


Preliminary Workshop Program

Thursday (22/9/2022)

4.00 pm Registration

4.30 pm Welcome from the organisers + Introduction of the participants The Arena of Discourse Studies SKAD: What’s it all about?

7.00 pm Welcome reception with food & drinks Friday (23/9/2022)

9.00 am SKAD: Theory & Methodology

10.45 am Break

11.00 am SKAD: Research process and methods

12.30 am Lunch (not included) 1.45 pm SKAD goes digital

3.15 pm Break

3.30 pm Data analysis sessions I & II (parallel sessions)

5.30 pm Break

5.40 pm Open Space

6.15 pm ---End of Day 2---

7.00 pm Dinner (not included)


Saturday (24/9/2022)

9.00 am Data analysis sessions I & II (parallel sessions)

11.00 am Break

11.15 am Discussion of participants projects

12.30 am Lunch (not included)

1.45 pm Special interest sessions A (sociology & humanities) or B (political science) (including discussion of participants projects)

3.00 pm Break

3.15 pm Special interest sessions A (sociology & humanities) or B (political science) (including discussion of participants projects)

5.00 pm Break

5.20 pm Open Discussion

6.00 pm ---End of Workshop---

7.00 pm Dinner & optional pubcrawl (not included)


Prof. Dr. Reiner Keller, Prof. Dr. Wolf Schünemann