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Eduardo Chávez Herrera


As a doctoral researcher at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, at the University of Warwick, I was part of the ERC-funded DISCONEX project (2013-2018), which investigated how researchers do research in the social sciences and humanities (SSH). This project was located at Warwick (UK) and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris.
I am a member of DiscourseNet, the International Association for Discourse Studies, a community that brings together discourse analysts from the social sciences and humanities in several countries, and currently I am the editor and translator of the Spanish version of
Before coming to Warwick, I studied linguistics in Mexico and semiotics in Estonia, where I obtained an MA at the University of Tartu.


My research is primarily in the areas of discourse analysis and semiotics. I study how semiotics scholars experience the field of semiotics through the construction of different representations and narratives about the academic practice of semiotics, under which conditions they generate them, and what are the discourses they create. By using a narrative approach, I explore locally co-constructed narratives in order to explain how forty interviewees take up multiple acts of positioning and negotiate different aspects of their identity with me as interviewer.

I address this topic using research interviews and linguistic analysis of unfolding interactions. For this analysis, I use a toolkit that consists of different strands of narrative positioning theory (Bamberg, 1997; Wortham, 2000, Søreide, 2006 and Deppermann, 2015).

My PhD project was supervised by Johannes Angermuller.

Selection of presentations in conferences

  • (2019) Discursive practices of positioning among semiotics scholars. Contribution to the DiscourseNet Congress-ALED #3. Université de Cergy-Pontoise. Paris Seine, France September 2019
  • (2018) Semiotics narrated? (Re)constructing the identities of semiotics scholars. Contribution to the 3e Journées d'étude: Les chercheurs et leurs pratiques: discours, savoirs, pouvoirs. École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). Paris, France. June 2018
  • (2017) Similar roots. New relationships? Discourse analysis and semiotics. Contribution to the DiscourseNet Congress #2. University of Warwick. Coventry, United Kingdom. September 2017
  • (2016) The animal threads among the Wixaritari. Contribution to the Conference Zoosemiotics 2.0. Forms and Policies of Animality. University of Palermo. Palermo, Italy. December 2016.
  • (2015) Popular discontent as a catalyst device for unpredictability. Ayotzinapa: “the Mexican moment”. Contribution to the 2015 Tartu Summer School of Semiotics/ IX Conference of the Nordic Association of Semiotics. University of Tartu. Tartu, Estonia. August 2015. Presentation awarded with a Graduate student grant by the NASS committee.


  • (2018). With Julieta Haidar. Narcoculture? Narco-trafficking as a semiosphere of anticulture. In Semiotica. Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies. Volume 2018, Issue 222, Pages 133–162, ISSN 0037-1998, Berlin. De Gruyter. DOI:10.1515/sem-2016-0151
  • (2017). Book chapter. The animal threads among the Wixaritari. In Gianfranco Marrone (Ed.) Zoosemiotica 2.0. Forme e Politiche dell'Animalità. Edizioni Museo Pasqualino. Pp. 95-108. ISBN 978-88-9703526-8
  • (2017). Book review in Spanish: Reseña de Juri Lotman. The Unpredictable Workings of Culture. In Eikon. Journal on semiotics and culture. ISSN 2183-6426. DOI: 10.20287/eikon-n01-a10
  • (2016). With Julieta Haidar. Narco-traffick in the light of cultural semiotics and complexity theory in New Semiotics. Between Tradition and Innovation: proceedings of the 12th World Congress of Semiotics, ed. K. Bankov, IASS Publications and NBU Publishing House, ISSN 2414-6862.
  • (2013). On the semiotics of tea. In Chinese Semiotic Studies. Issue 9. Nanjing. June, 2013. 96-125 pp. ISSN 2198-9613. Berlin. De Gruyter. DOI: 10.1515/css-2013-0109
  • (2013). Coming out of culture. Suggestions for the semiotic study of acculturation in migratory context. In Southern Semiotic Review. Vol. 1, Nº 1. ISSN 2202-2783. DOI: 10.33234/SSR.10.4
  • (2010). Esbozo de la semiosfera del té. In ENTRETEXTOS. Revista Electrónica Semestral de Estudios Semióticos de la Cultura. Nº 14-15-16. 1-34 pp. ISSN 1696-7356.

If you want to take a look at my publications visit my profile in or Researchgate


  • (May 2018). Qualitative Interviewing. "Methods of Discourse Analysis" doctoral training workshop by the Warwick ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, University of Warwick.
  • (June, 2017). Working with interviews: discourse analysis & coding" – session for PhD students, organised by Migration, Identity, and Translation Network (MITN), session in parallel with students from the University of Bologna (Italy) and Monash University (Australia). University of Warwick.
  • (May 2017). Qualitative interviewing. "Methods of Discourse Analysis" doctoral training workshop by the Warwick ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, University of Warwick.


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Eduardo Chávez Herrera


The Centre for Applied Linguistics, Social Sciences Building University of Warwick. Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK


Research Interests

  • general semiotics
  • cultural semiotics
  • discourse analysis
  • identity-in-interaction
  • narratives and storytelling
  • academic discourse
  • linguistic anthropology