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Phd masterclass - Discourse Theoretical Approaches to Politics, Society, Communication and Media

Location: Brussels
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22nd March 2023 - Brussels

Discourse Theoretical Approaches to Politics, Society, Communication and Media

PhD Masterclass


The international research group DESIRE led by ECHO co-director Benjamin De Cleen has launched a call for papers for the PhD masterclasses on Discourse Theoretical Approaches to Politics, Society, Communication and Media". The call can be found here and below.

DESIRE, the centre for the study of Democracy, Signification and Resistance is happy to invite PhD students to submit proposals for a one-day PhD masterclass on discourse theoretical approaches to politics, society, communication and media. The PhD masterclass will take place on 22 March 2023 at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
During the masterclass, each student will present their PhD project and receive in-depth feedback on theoretical and methodological aspects of the project from one of the professors giving a masterclass. Confirmed masterclasses are with Nico Carpentier (Charles University in Prague), Emmy Eklundh (Cardiff University), Jenny Gunnarsson Payne (Södertörn University), Alan Finlayson (University of East Anglia) and Yannis Stavrakakis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki).

Each student will also receive detailed feedback from one fellow doctoral student and is expected to give detailed feedback to one fellow student. There is a 1-hour slot per PhD student.

Interested PhD students should send their application to Benjamin.De.Cleen[at] The application should include, in the following order: name, affiliation, PhD project title, indication of stage in PhD process (year X of Y), description of the project (max 700 words), theoretical and methodological questions to be discussed (max 200 words).The deadline for applications is 1 September 2022.

Preference goes to students whose research takes a post-structuralist or post-foundationalist discursive approach, broadly defined. There is no limitation in terms of topics or disciplines.

Selected participants are expected to submit a 5-page paper on their project before 1 February 2023. This paper should include a developed problem statement, research questions, conceptual framework, methodological framework, empirical material, preliminary results, and a set of questions to be discussed. 

Participation in the masterclass is free. Masterclass participants are expected to cover travel and accommodation costs themselves.

​The masterclass is organized the day before the colloquium ‘Discourse Theory: Ways Forward, 2nd edition’, which takes place on 23-24 March. There is a separate selection procedure for paper presentations at the colloquium.