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. (forthcoming) 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.

    Series of lectures: Crisis and economic governance (summer term 2016)

    The series of lectures ‘Crisis and economic governance: juxtaposing the perspectives of legal, social and cultural studies’ looks at new forms and notions of economic governance developed since the financial crisis. Among others, it includes talks by Bruno Amable, Hans-Jürgen Bieling and Magdalena Fedorowicz. The series is funded by the project ‘Reconfigurations’ and the Frankfurt Institute of Transition Studies and was set up by Amelie Kutter.