The English Language and Literature Department and Teaching and Learning centre of Khazar University co-hosted their Virtual Webinar in February 19, 2021 on The Social Nature of Academic Discourse. Previously, our visiting professor Davud Kuhi from Maragheh Azad University, Iran had already held a number of seminars and workshops at Khazar University.
The presentation which attracted a large number of scholars, researchers, teachers, and PhD and MA students both from Khazar and other universities attempted to explore some of the sociocultural aspects of academic communication.
Our guest speaker initiated his lecture by a critique of some of the established paradigms of science and outlining the underlying assumptions of a social-constructivist paradigm shift. The lecture continued by discussing some of the ways our conception of academic/scientific discourse has been influenced by recent paradigms of science. The guest scholar proposed a conceptual model within which some dimensions of the constitutive interdiscursivity between scientific/academic discourses and other orders of discourse could be clearly understood. The lecture was followed by a fair number of questions, comments and suggestions from the participants of the webinar.