Nico Carpentier

Title of the presentation:

From meta-theory to analysis. A case for discourse theoretical analysis (DTA)

Short abstract of the presentation:

Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe's discourse theory (DT) is slowly making its way into the field of Communication and Media Studies, in order to provide theoretical support for a wide variety of analyses. At the same time, DT is characterized by a high level of complexity and an absence of a clear-cut methodology, which hampers the migration of their theory into our field. For this reason, discourse-theoretical analysis (DTA) has been developed, allowing DT to be more easily applied and deployed. This lecture will first provide a brief (and accessible) summary of the basic vocabulary of DT, before explaining the principles of DTA. In a second part of the lecture, the workings of DTA will be illustrated by a short case study on the construction of participation in audience discussion programmes.

Short biography:

Nico Carpentier is Associate Professor at the Communication Studies Department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB - Free University of Brussels) and Lecturer at Charles University in Prague. He is also an executive board member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and he was vice-president of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) from 2008 to 2012. Areas of expertise: His theoretical focus is on discourse theory, his research interests are situated in the relationship between media, journalism, politics and culture, especially towards social domains as war & conflict, ideology, participation and democracy. This has been translated into the following five topical areas: 1/Media, participation and democracy; 2/Media, death and war; 3/Journalism and identity; 4/Audience and reception; 5/Discourse theory.