It's still going to be in Hangzhou, of course -- one of the best places to go for an academic conference. I was part of the 2010 conference where I delivered my paper, "A Brown Man's Burden: Critiquing an American Restorationist Discourse." It was a terrific experience (despite my goof-ups on my way to and out of the city) what with so gracious a bunch of hosts, fine food and entertainment, well-organized conference flow, enlightening papers from budding and seasoned scholars from Australia to Belgium, and a breath-taking view of the Xīhú (West Lake) from the Huabei Hotel and of the verdant hills and urban jungle from the top floor of the Chenghuang (City of God) Pavillion. An early morning or a late evening stroll around the lake and through its maze of wooded environs is one of the most refreshing things one can ever do.
The conference seeks
1)To bring together scholars, researchers, and practitioners from around the globe to contribute to a stimulating and rewarding exchange of ideas and techniques regarding discourse studies;
2)To enhance cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and research innovation in discourse studies;
3)To facilitate the formation of collaborative research networks among conference participants.
The conference will run along the following themes, among others: Discourse and human rights, Discourse and international commerce/management, Discourse and ethnic literature, Discourse and gender.
Deadline for abstracts: 31st December 2012. Those whose papers will be accepted for presentation will be informed by early March of next year.
More details HERE.