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. ALSO PARTICIPATING IN: - Poster workshop - Writing an abstract workshop.

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 vice-president of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). 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. His publications include the following books: Understanding Alternative media (co-authored with Olga Bailey and Bart Cammaerts) (2007); Trans-reality television. The transgression of reality, genre, politics and audience (eds.)(2010) and Media and Participation. A Site of Ideological-Democratic Struggle (2011). AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Discourse studies; Cultural Media Studies; Media, Democracy and Participation