Nexus analysis reading group (2014)

June 5, 2014

Jyväskylä Discourse Hub

Engaging with Nexus Analysis Reading Group

Spring 2014

The Nexus Analysis Reading Group was one of the discourse knowledge mobilisation activities of the Jyväskylä Discourse Hub (, itself an initiative of Discourse Studies at the University of Jyväskylä and the Peripheral Multilingualism (Academy of Finland) research group. The hub is intended as a space to showcase cutting-edge discoveries and approaches within the multidisciplinary field of discourse studies and to stimulate discussion and collaboration among researchers and students in the area. The Nexus Analysis reading group took place in the Spring of 2014 and it brought together 42 participants, from 9 countries and from 16 different universities, to discuss Scollon & Scollon (2004), Nexus analysis: Discourse and the emerging internet.
If anyone is interested in organizing another reading group, we would be happy to share what we’ve learned — and promote the event on our website.

This reading group was designed as a space to engage with Nexus Analysis as a conceptual and methodological approach to understanding and explaining the social phenomena we are interested in studying.  Using Scollon & Scollon (2004) as the primary text, we examined the central concepts of discourses in place, historical body, and interaction order within the three cycles of carrying out a nexus analysis (e.g., engaging, navigating, and changing the nexus of practice). The reading group was designed for those interested in learning more about Nexus Analysis (NA).

Participants (students, young scholars, and seasoned professors alike) came together on the campus of the University of Jyväskylä and virtually via Google hangouts.


Thurs., Jan. 23, 2014 (14:15-15:45): Introduction to Nexus Analysis

  • Presentation by Prof. Sari Pietikäinen
    • Working with Nexus Analysis: Applications, Motivations and Challenges
  • Readings from Scollon & Scollon (2004)
    • Chs. 1 and 2

Thurs., Feb. 27, 2014 (14:15-15:45): Engaging Nexus Analysis

  • Readings from Scollon & Scollon (2004)
    • Chs. 3 and 4
    • Fieldguide p. 151-159

Thurs., April 3, 2014 (14:15-16): Navigating the nexus of practice

  • Readings from Scollon & Scollon (2004)
    • Chs. 5 and 6
    • Fieldguide p. 159-177

Thurs., May 8, 2014 (14:15-16): Changing the nexus of practice

  • Readings from Scollon & Scollon (2004)
    • Ch. 7
    • Fieldguide p. 177-178

Tues., June 3, 2014 (14:15-16): Considering application of NA in our work

  • Small group activity
    • taking our own research interests/work and the central concepts of NA as points of departure, consider the motivations and challenges of using NA

Reading group organizers: Maiju Strömmer ( and Sarah Compton (


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