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The Migration Seminar: Discourse/Politics/Identity: The Discursive Construction of Austrian National Identity 1995 - 2005 – 2015

Tid: 2017-09-28 14:15 -- 2017-09-28 16:00
Plats: Seminar room 9th floor, MIM, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö University
Målgrupp: All interested in research

Welcome to the Migration Seminar with Ruth Wodak, Guest Professor in Memory of Willy Brandt at MIM, Malmö University and Emerita Distinguished Professor at Lancaster University

Ruth Wodak

Title: Discourse/Politics/Identity: The Discursive Construction of Austrian National Identity 1995 2005 – 2015



Since the 1980s, the transformation of the former Eastern bloc, Germany's reunification, the enlargement and deeper integration of the European Union, together with persistent debates on immigration focused attention on issues of historical and cultural identities. In the Member States of the European Union, the propagation of a new European identity was accompanied by the emergence or re-emergence of fragmented and unstable national and ethnic identities. Seemingly established collective, national identities became contested political terrain and the focus of political struggles. Research focusing on the constitutive role of discourse – and particularly language – in the construction of national identities  has drawn on the valuable contributions in historiography, sociology and political science (Wodak 2017). More recently, threats and crises of various kinds have re-invigorated discussions of national or cultural identities across Europe.

With respect to Austrian national identities, these developments have been the subject of discourse-analytical studies in the tradition of critical theory, leading to the elaboration of an interdisciplinary framework that integrates a form of Critical Discourse Studies with approaches from the political sciences, historiography and sociology in the Discourse-Historical Approach (DHA).


My lecture first outlines the underlying assumptions about the discursive construction of national identities and briefly discusses the concepts of ‘nation’ and ‘national identity’. Second, I present the Discourse-Historical Approach, including recent conceptual and methodological adaptations such as integrating quantitative and qualitative methods as well as data visualisation. Third, I provide an overview of the types of discourse and data analyzed in our study, including political speeches, commemorative events, media, group discussions as well as in-depth interviews. Covering crucial analytical categories, I fourthly illustrate our findings on 2015 across multiple discourses and types of data and conclude with a longitudinal perspective on the discursive construction of (Austrian) national identities.


The seminar will be held in English. 

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