Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The Elites, The Establishment and The ‘People’ – Analyzing the “Micro-Politics” of Rightwing Populism

The Elites, The Establishment and The ‘People’ – Analyzing the “Micro-Politics” of Rightwing Populism

In my lecture, I explore the new face of politics’ of right-wing populist parties and discuss adequate qualitative and quantitative methodologies to analyse the – ever more acceptable – exclusionary rhetoric (distinguishing between US- the people and ‘THEM- the establishment and the strangers) while focussing on the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) and the German Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), and the recent presidential and national election campaigns in Austria and Germany (2016, 2017).  The main question to be posed – why are such parties and their programmes successful – requires a careful context-dependent, multi-methodical, multimodal, and critical interdisciplinary analysis of the ‘micro-politics’ of the Far Right; i.e. how they actually produce and reproduce their ideologies and exclusionary politics in everyday politics, in the media, in campaigning, in posters, slogans and speeches. The dynamics of everyday performances frequently transcend careful analytic categorisations; boundaries between categories are blurred and flexible, open to change and ever new socio-economic developments.

Biog
Ruth Wodak is Emerita Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies at Lancaster University, UK, and affiliated to the University of Vienna. Besides various other prizes, she was awarded the Wittgenstein Prize for Elite Researchers in 1996 and an Honorary Doctorate from University of Örebro in Sweden in 2010. She is past President of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. 2011, she was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria.

She is member of the British Academy of Social Sciences and member of the Academia Europaea. 2008, she was awarded the Kerstin Hesselgren Chair of the Swedish Parliament (at University Örebrö).

She is member of the editorial board of a range of linguistic journals and co‐editor of the journals Discourse and Society, Critical Discourse Studies, and Language and Politics. She has held visiting professorships in University of Uppsala, Stanford University, University Minnesota, University of East Anglia, and Georgetown University. In the spring 2014, Ruth held the Davis Chair for Interdisciplinary Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC. In the spring 2016, Ruth was Distinguished Schuman Fellow at the Schuman Centre, EUI, Florence. 2017, she holds the Willi Brandt Chair at the University of Malmö, Sweden.

Her research interests focus on discourse studies; gender studies; language and/in politics; prejudice and discrimination; and on ethnographic methods of linguistic field work. Ruth has published 10 monographs, 27 co authored monographs, over 60 edited volumes and ca 400 peer reviewed journal papers and book chapters. Recent book publications include The Politics of Fear. What Right‐wing Populist Discourses Mean (Sage, 2015; translation into the German Politik mit der Angst. Zur Wirkung rechtspopulistischer Diskurse. Konturen, 2016); The discourse of politics in action: ‘Politics as Usual’ (Palgrave), revised edition (2011); Migration, Identity and Belonging (with G. Delanty, P. Jones, 2011); The Discursive Construction of History. Remembering the German Wehrmacht’s War of Annihilation (with H. Heer, W. Manoschek, A. Pollak, 2008); The Politics of Exclusion. Debating Migration in Austria (with M. Krzyżanowski, 2009); The SAGE Handbook of Sociolinguistics (with Barbara Johnstone and Paul Kerswill, 2010); Analyzing Fascist Discourse. Fascism in Talk and Text (with John Richardson, 2013), and Rightwing Populism in Europe: Politics and Discourse (with Majid KhosraviNik and Brigitte Mral, 2013). See http://www.ling.lancs.ac.uk/profiles/Ruth‐Wodak for more information on on‐going research projects and recent publications.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Thresholds - A pop-up symposium


22 September 2017
University of York


21 Exciting abstracts have been accepted !

Spaces now limited - book via eventbrite ASAP

This event platforms scholars working across the humanities and social sciences around the theme of ‘thresholds’. It explores perspectives on the liminal edges of everyday, organisational and social life. What and who reside beyond or within different types of thresholds? Who has to cross thresholds? What prevents people or things crossing? How does power operate through different thresholds? How do thresholds articulate with limits, extremes, dangers and tipping points? These are just some of the questions explored in this one day symposium.

Thresholds is intended to bring together diverse disciplines including sociology, politics, history, anthropology, women’s studies, critical management, human geography, social policy. The format will be short papers (10 mins) followed by discussion.

Organisers: Joanna Latimer, David Beer, Nik Brown, Rolland Munro

SATSU – Sociology – University of York

Time and Place: 10:30 to 15:30; Berrick Saul Building, The Treehouse - University of York


REGISTER HERE

Supported by: the University of York ‘Culture and Communication’ Research Theme; The Department of Sociology; Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU)

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Dates confirmed for 2017/18 'suite' of CA skills training courses

Skills based training courses in Conversation Analysis (£360 per course)

 
Turn-Taking: 28-30 November 2017
Sequence Organisation: 12-14 December 2017
Repair: 17-19 April 2018
Word Selection: 22-24 May 2018
 
We offer a ‘suite’ of four courses (each 3 days) designed to provide ‘hands-on’ training in conversation analytic skills:
  
These courses are open to anyone who has some familiarity with conversation analysis (we prefer you to have taken an introductory course)
 
Courses 1 (Turn-taking) and 2 (Sequence organisation) can each be taken as a ‘stand alone’ course; however completion of courses 1 and 2 is a pre-requisite for taking courses 3 and 4
 
Completion of all 4 courses is highly recommended – and will equip you with an essential ‘toolbox’ of skills for doing conversation analysis
 
DISCOUNTS:
Register for 2 courses at the same time: get 1/4 off the 2nd
Register for 3 courses at the same time: get 1/2 off the 3rd
Register for 4 courses at the same time: get 3/4 off the 4th 
 
Enquiries: Please contact Sarah Shrive-Morrison: sarah.shrive-morrison@york.ac.uk

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Digital Media, Political Polarization and Challenges to Democracy


The Department of Sociology at the University of York and the Institute of Comparative Media and Communication at the Austrian Academy of Sciences are jointly organizing an international symposium on Digital Media, Political Polarization and Challenges to Democracy. It will be held on 21-22 September 2017 in Vienna. Keynote speakers include Barbara Pfetsch , Josef Seethaler, Brian D. Loader, Maren Beaufort, W. Lance Bennett, Michael X. Delli-Carpini, and Jörg Matthes. More details can be found at:


A selection of the best papers will be published in a special issue of the journal Information, Communication & Society (iCS) in April 2018.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Imagining the History of the Future: Unsettling Scientific Stories

27-29 March, 2018 | University of York, UK

The future just isn’t what it used to be… not least because people keep changing it. Recent years have seen a significant growth of academic and public interest in the role of the sciences in creating and sustaining both imagined and enacted futures. Technological innovations and emergent theoretical paradigms gel and jolt against abiding ecological, social, medical or economic concerns: researchers, novelists, cartoonists, civil servants, business leaders and politicians assess and estimate the costs of planning for or mitigating likely consequences. The trouble is that thinking about the future is a matter of perspective: where you decide to stand constrains what you can see

With confirmed plenary speakers Professor Sherryl Vint (University of California, Riverside, USA) and Professor Charlotte Sleigh (University of Kent, UK) this three-day conference will bring together scholars, practitioners, and activists to explore ways in which different visions of the future and its history can be brought into productive dialogue.

Focused on the long technological 20th Century (roughly, 1887-2007) and looking particularly at the intersections between fictional/narrative constructions of the future, expert knowledge, and institutional policy development, the themes of the conference will include but are not limited to:

The relationship between lay and expert futures, especially futures produced by communities marginalised in public dialogue by ethnicity, gender, sexuality, species or political orientation

How have different forms of fiction (novels, films, games, comics) created different visions of what’s to come? How have their audiences responded to and shaped them

The role of counterfactuals/alternate histories, as well as factional accounts and popular science: how have different forms of writing positioned the future?

What’s the relationship between past and present scenario planning in government or commerce? How have they fed into wider cultural conceptions of impending developments?

Disciplinary influences: how have different academic disciplines – sciences, humanities, arts, social sciences – fed into developing futures? Has this changed over time?

The role of futures past: how can we recover them, and what do they tell us about futures present? What are the forgotten or marginalised sites of future-making

How have different themes – time, the apocalypse, the individual, among others – changed over the last century of future-thinking?

Twitter: @UnSetSciStories #ImaginedFutures
We invite proposals based broadly on these themes. Individual papers should take the form of 20 minute presentations, but we would also be delighted to consider three or four paper panel submissions on a related topic, workshops or round-table discussions.

Proposals for individual papers should include an abstract of no more than 250 words, together with a short author biography (100 words). Panel proposals should also include a short (150 words) commentary on the overall theme. Please email proposals to unsettling-science@york.ac.uk (as email attachments in Word format) by FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER. Authors will be notified of decisions by Friday 27 October. Prospective organisers of other formats should contact the steering committee by email as soon as possible to discuss possibilities.

Please direct all enquires to unsettling-science@york.ac.uk.

This is an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded event, run by the Unsettling Scientific Stories project based at the Universities of York, Aberystwyth and Newcastle.


Monday, 19 June 2017

Sociology achieves Bronze Award from Green Impact



We're delighted to announce that Sociology has achieved a Bronze Award from Green Impact for our efforts at greening the department.  We were particularly proud of managing to raise sufficient funds to twin two of our toilets (see: http://www.yott.info/)!  We couldn't have achieved the award without our fantastic student helper - Katy Forsyth - who was trained by the central Green Impact organisers, and is also a student in Sociology.  Beyond supporting our team, Katy also organised a vegan cake sale to support St Nicks (see: http://stnicks.org.uk/) and helped pot up baby spider plants to give away to fellow students.  


For more information on sustainability at York, see: http://www.york.ac.uk/about/sustainability/

L to R: Will Patterson, Merran Toerien, Saul Tendler