This chapter, published in The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Design edited by Uwe Flick, explores the contribution that qualitative research can make to the investigation of institutions in the current setting. We claim that institution research can benefit from a combination of discourse analysis with Foucauldian governmentality studies and Bourdieusian field analysis. We first introduce the subjects and theoretical traditions of institution research so that scholars interested in the subject can navigate the field. Using the examples of the governmentality of EU agricultural policy and the discourse field of EU multilateral negotiation, we then demonstrate how a qualitative enquiry into institutions can be designed, conducted and reflected upon after the discursive turn.
Authors’ workshop on the special issue ‘Covid crisis discourse’ of the Crisis Discourse Blog
This call invites blog posts that investigate phenomena of recent crisis debate from a discourse-analytical angle. The call addresses discourse scholars and students of discourse…
Kutter, A. (2020) 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…
Mini-symposium on peripherisation at the 2019 CES conference
The contributions to the symposium seek to highlight peripherisation and peripherality as a backgrounded disposition of current struggles over sovereignty.
European peripheries: transdisciplinary perspectives
International workshop organised by Amelie Kutter and the Reconfigurations project at the Viadrina Institute of European Studies, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder).…
Kutter, A. (2018) Corpus analysis: textstatistics as an explorative technique
The boost of digitisation, automated text processing and so-called Big Data have all enhanced the spread and popularity of computer-aided statistical analysis of large samples of…
3rd DiscourseNet Winter School
With an introductory workshop on political economy and discourse analysis by Amelie Kutter and Jens Maesse.
Ruth Wodak at Viadrina University
Ruth Wodak presented her new book 'The politics of fear: what right-wing populist discourses mean' in Amelie Kutter's class 'Forschungssalon Diskursanalyse'.
Research project: reconfigurations of centre and periphery in the European Union (2014-2019)
The project 'Reconfigurations of centre and periphery in the European Union: a discursive political study' investigates the transformation and re-definition of centre and…
Exercise in complexity and contingency: the example of the MES-Viadrina snap-shot simulation of EU legislation on asylum and migration
This paper, presented by Amelie Kutter at the DVPW Congress 2021, suggests that a neglected, but promising, potential of EU simulations is their function as exercises in complexity and contingency. If designed appropriately, simulation games not only reveal the complexity and contingency of EU politics (cognitive learning), but also the complexity and contingency of thinking about EU politics (cognitive-reflexive learning). Drawing on the example of a snap-shot simulation of the first reading of the EU’s New Pact on Asylum and Migration that was carried out as part of the lecture class ‘Introduction to the politics of the European Union’ at the MA European Studies unit of European University Viadrina, I will show such learning objective can be fostered in simulation game design.
At this panel, Amelie Kutter (IFES / Euroean University Viadrina) will present her book and Vivien Schmidt (Boston University) and Nicolas Hubé (University of Lorraine), who both worked and published extensively on the EU’s legitmation, will then review it, facilitated by Timm Beichelt (IFES / European University Viadrina).
Recent crises have revealed that access to social rights, such as social security, short time work, housing, or health care is essential for the resilience of economies to external shocks, but also for sustaining social cohesion, trust and belonging in European societies. Prof. Dr. Dagmar Schiek (University College Cork); Dr. Alexandre de le Court (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona); Dr. Norbert Cyrus (Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION) and Dr. Amelie Kutter discuss problems of transnational social citizenship highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic, in the frames of the Research Factory B/ORDERS IN MOTION on 8 Dec, 2020.
Kutter, A. (2020) Construction of the Eurozone crisis: re- and depoliticising European economic integration
(Deutsch) The Eurozone crisis is among recent developments that upset the European Union (EU) most profoundly and sparked unprecedented contestation. This article adopts a discursive notion of politicisation and the frame of Discursive Political Studies to investigate whether that moment of contestation re-politicised EU economic governance in substantive terms. It argues that, while emerging counter-narratives of crisis projected alternative scenarios of economic integration and established a practice of constructive EU critique, they were co-opted by the dominant mass-mediated story of a public debt crisis.
Contributions in this panel consider how field analysis can be advanced as a research programme in European integration studies. Panellists include Didier Bigo (Sciences Po Paris), Niilo Kauppi (University of Helsinki), discussant), Amelie Kutter (European University Viadrina, chair), Tomas Martilla (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Christian Schmidt-Wellenburg (University of Potsdam, co-chair).
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.
The research network ‘Peripheralities’ that has grown out of the Marie-Curie project ‘Reconfigurations’ brings together researchers that investigate peripheries, peripherisation and peripheral subjectivities in a transdisciplinary…
Crisis and crisis narratives in Southwest Europe. Workshop for participants of the regional meeting of Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
In the past decade, societies in France, Italy, Portugal and Spain have gone through mutiple crisis. The recent pandemic further aggravates calamities that were already visible during the financial and Eurozone crisis: social inequalities, dysfunctions in national systems of social security and health provision, political instability and non-sustainable economies. At the same time, the Covid-19 pandemic markes a shift in policies of crisis management: on both national and European levels, policy-makers have departed from austerity and agreed on stimulus programmes, instead. This workshop explores reasons for this policy shift and the role, crisis narratives play in making that shift more or less possible.
The crisis & discourse blog is a platform for people interested in disentangling and reflecting upon forms of language use that emerge or reinforce in times of crisis. The major concern is to reveal how recurrent forms of language use and crisis discourse contribute to the entrenchment of social hierarchies or open up prospects for collective action. Researchers and students have already worked on contributions that will be published successively in thematic issues. Calls for further contributions will follow soon.
This paper argues that field analyses of EU politics can benefit from an articulation of field theory with discourse theories that are situated in the pragmatic turn in linguistics. By focussing on the discursive constitution of field-specific cultural capital, we can grasp the selectivity of EU-related structured interaction that emerges ad hoc among professional tribes of the EU, notably when these collaborate outside established routines and fields and become entangled in a grand moment of EU institution-building.
Recent crises have revealed that access to social rights, such as social security, short time work, housing, or health care is essential for the resilience of economies to external shocks, but also for sustaining social cohesion, trust and belonging in European societies. This collaborative project investigates the limits and potentials of transnational social citizenship in Europe. The objective is to map sources of social citizenship that have established at the EU’s different scales in law, policy, regulation, social work, and perceptions and discourses of social citizenship, and that might form part of a set of rights enforcible not only for EU migrants, but for those marginalised within their societies, too.