Panel convened by Amelie Kutter at the ‘Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines’ (CADAAD) conference at University of Bergamo, Italy, on 6 July, 2022. Panelists:…
Polity-Construction or How the European Union is (De-)Legitimised: A Discursive Political Sociology Perspective
The paper, presented at the 28th Council for European Studies conference in Lisbon/ISCE on 29 July, 2022, introduces a ‘discursive political sociology perspective’ that combines the theory of meaning-constitution developed in linguistically informed discourse studies with Bour-dieusian political sociology and the political theory of polity-building. It shifts attention from outcome (legitimacy) to process (legitimation) and from identification with existing EU institutions to discourse practices that only establish the means of communicating and cognizing EU politics in its potential and postnational character.
20 July, 2022, 1-2pm UTC+1: Presentation of the Crisis Discourse Blog and its Covid-19 special edition at IFES via Zoom
On 20 July, 1-2pm, you will have the occasion to discuss, with CriDis editors, including Dr Amelie Kutter, Dr Christiane Barnickel and Dr Elena Dück, the just-launched Crisis Discourse Blog (CriDis) and its Covid-19 special edition. Feel cordially invited to join…
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.
Dieses Kapitel erscheint im von Uwe Flick herausgegebenen SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Design. Es erkundet, welchen Beitrag qualitative Sozialforschung zur Analyse von sozialen und politischen Institutionen machen kann. Wir zeigen, dass Institutionenforschung von einer Kombination von Diskursanalyse mit Foucault’s Gouvernementalitätsstudien und mit Bourdieu’s Feldanalyse profitieren kann. Zunächst führen wir in Themen und intellektuelle Traditionen der Institutionenforschung ein, um den Lesenden die Navigation im Forschungsfeld zu erleichtern. Mit Rückgriff auf das Beispiel der Gouvernmentalität der EU-Agrarpolitik und das Beispiel des Diskursfelds der multilateralen Verhandlung in der EU führen wir dann aus, wie qualitative Forschung in Institutionen nach der diskursiven Wende projektiert, umgesetzt und reflektiert werden kann.
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 studies, who currently research discourses of the Covid-19 pandemic and related aspects of multiple crisis and who specialise in a specific discourse approach. We invite researchers to share initial or consolidated insights of their ongoing work with the specialist community and the wider audience, preparing blog posts for the Crisis Discourse Blog.
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).
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.
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.
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 digital texts: corpus analysis. This contribution gives an overview of corpus analysis so that entering the field and navigating field-specific controversies become easier.