The past decades have brought an increase in spatially connoted disparities and inequalities both within and between European societies, intertwined with changes within the European Union (EU) and the global constellation. The workshop ‘Peripheriality: constructing socio-spatial hierarchies within and beyond Europe’ invites contributions that focus on the construction of centrality and peripheriality or of central and peripheral Selves in discourses and (material) practices.
Mobilising for alternatives to EU austerity: SYRIZA’s narrative of the European financial and economic crisis
Talk given by Amelie Kutter and Gesine Lenkewitz at the 7th CADAAD conference
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.
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’.
Lecture given by Amelie Kutter on June 13th, 2017, in the frames of the MA Class ‘European integration in times of crisis’ and the ‘Borderland Studies’ Track of the Viadrina Summer School.
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.
Talk given by Amelie Kutter at the research colloquium of the Institut of Political Science at the University of Tübingen, 2th Nov 2016.
Talk given by Amelie Kutter at the workshop ‘Komplexe Grenzen: Dimensionen, Dynamiken, Technologien’ organised by the group ‘Grenztheorien’ at the European University Viadrina, 3-4th November, 2016.
Talk given by Amelie Kutter at the 10th ECPR General Conference, 7-10th Sept 2016, at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
The project ‘Reconfigurations of centre and periphery in the European Union: a discursive political study’ investigates the transformation and re-definition of centre and periphery in the European Union (EU) in the aftermath of the financial crisis. It is funded by the European Commission and directed by Amelie Kutter at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder).
Panel convened by Amelie Kutter and Jens Maesse (University of Giessen) at the 11th Interpretive Policy Analysis conference, 5-7th July, University of Hull, UK Abstract: Policy…