Mobilising for alternatives to EU austerity: SYRIZA’s narrative of the European financial and economic crisis

    Vortrag von Amelie Kutter und Gesine Lenkewitz auf der 7. CADAAD Konferenz
    The Eurozone crisis brought about a new form of party political opposition in Europe that is deeply critical of the current institutional setting of the EU and the EU’s approach to crisis management while, at the same time, generally supporting the European project. This paper investigates discourse practices employed by such ‘euroalternativist opposition’ (Fitzgibbon 2013), drawing on the example of statements (press releases, speeches and interviews) on EU crisis management addressed to international audiences by SYRIZA between the years 2009-2014.

    Analysing crisis discourses: theories and strategies

    Vortrag von Amelie Kutter auf der 7. CADAAD Konferenz
    Since the financial crisis emerged in 2007, many projects and publications have been launched that discourse-analyse representations of crisis and crisis management in communications by various groups and organisations. This research has generated insights in recurrent features of crisis discourse, such as blame games, claims for extraordinary authority, or trends of normalisation. Crisis itself, however, is usually taken for granted and rarely subjected to theoretical consideration. The present paper suggests that theories of crisis that borrow from Marxist thought help to gain an understanding of crisis as a catalyst of social change and to conceptually focus analyses of crisis and its discursive construction.

    The Framing of Crises in Europe

    International author workshop organised by Dr Benedetta Voltolini at the Centre d’etudes europeennes, Sciences Po Paris on December 7th-8th, 2017, with a paper by Amelie Kutter on ‚Perpetuating austerity: narratives of the Eurozone crisis‘.

    Workshop at Erlangen University, with a talk by Amelie Kutter: Texts and Images of Austerity. A Multimodal Multimedia Analysis

    Austerity is a complex phenomenon with far reaching consequences for economic wellbeing, social justice and political systems. The workshop will focus on
    discursive constructions of austerity in the British media and explore a large corpus of newspaper articles in a collaborative manner. It takes place at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg on Sept. 25th-29th, 2017.

    Kutter, A. (im Erscheinen) Legitimation in the European Union: a discourse- and field-theoretical view

    This book investigates how political authority and legitimacy is constructed in the postnational setting of the European Union. Drawing on the example of the EU constitutional debate, and the use of ‘EU constitutional speak’ in Polish and French broadsheets, more particularly, the book shows how claims for legitimacy transform while being transposed from the discourse field of multilateral negotiation to that of national media. Through an original combination of linguistic theory of discourse and Bourdieu’s concepts of fields and symbolic power, the book develops a framework for the discourse study of legitimation and Europeanization that suggests itself for application beyond the case studied in the book. To students of European integration, it demonstrates how practices of postnational polity building can be unravelled. Discourse researchers, on the other hand, will discover how detailed text analyses can gain significance when guided by sociological and political theory.