Dr. Teun van Dijk, a well-known Dutch linguist and Honorary Professor at UFRO, spoke about the relationship between discourse and racism in the context of academic activities, in a lecture organized by the UFRO Ph.D. program in Communication.
Dr. Teun van Dijk is one of the world’s top researchers in the fields of discourse analysis and critical discourse analysis (CDA) and last Monday, he was invited to one of the activities of the Ph.D. program in Communication of the university Universidad de La Frontera (UFRO), where he spoke to about a thousand people.
During his presentation, he went through the four decades of his work in the field of discourse studies, from a socio-cognitive, critical and multidisciplinary perspective, with a special focus on discourse and racism.
Dr. van Dijk’s link with UFRO, which allowed the realization of this activity, began in 2008, when Dr. Carlos del Valle, who was the Dean of the UFRO Faculty of Education, Social Science and Humanities back then, conferred the title of Honorary Professor on the internationally recognized researcher from the Netherlands.
Since then, UFRO maintains contact with Dr. van Dijk, who has been collaborating in different initiatives of the faculty and the university, while he has particularly strengthened his ties with the Ph.D. program in Communication, as a visiting professor. According to Dr. del Valle, “he accepted the creation of a chair with his name, as part of the Ph.D. program – the Teun A. van Dijk chair on Communication and Discourse – which we are still processing at the university”.
In addition, after a formal request, Dr. van Dijk received the Ph.D. student Mauricio Garcia last January at the Centre of Discourse Studies in Barcelona, which he founded in 2017. The professor is currently also one of the co-directors of this student's thesis, which is called “Discourse strategies in the creation of texts to convey protests, published in social media. Social movement in Chile (2019-2020)”.
Dr. van Dijk has worked as a professor for literary and discourse studies at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and is now working as a professor at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. In addition, he is the director of the Centre of Discourse Studies in Barcelona, which he founded in 2017. At the same time, he is the editor and founder of several academic journals specialized in discourse studies and he has published 37 books and more than 250 articles in several languages.
Written by: Karimme Riadi Millas