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LIP Event: The Discursive Construction of Third-Country Nationals in European News: Perceptions and Practices from the Journalistic Field

Date: 20 February 2013 Time: 5-6 pm

Venue: FASS MR1

The Language, Ideology and Power (LIP) Research Group are pleased to announce the following presentation by Michal Krzyzanowski (University of Aberdeen)

The Discursive Construction of Third-Country Nationals in European News: Perceptions and Practices from the Journalistic Field

I will present results of collaborative work conducted in an EU-funded cross-national project "MEDIVA: Media for Diversity and Migrant Integration: Consolidating Knowledge and Assessing Media Practices across the EU" (2011-12) in which I directed one of the national research teams. For project details, see

The overall aim of MEDIVA was to to conduct research on the capacity of the European media to reflect the diversity, social cohesion and integration potential of European societies at the time of acute economic crisis. The project's special focus was on the way integration of third country-nationals (i.e. migrants from outside the EU) is not only constructed in media discourses but also evidenced in practices of media institutions in, inter alia, newsmaking and programme production, employment conditions and career opportunities, as well as in training and development.

In my presentation, I will focus in particular on the findings of the research on media discourse, and, more specifically, on how the 'usual' trends in European media discourses about third-country migrants - identified by means of the analysis of secondary research - were perceived by journalists in six European countries. As I will be trying to show while drawing on the analysis of over sixty semi-structured interviews with journalists, the latter largely confirm the existence of prevalent trends (inaccurate group labelling and designation, negative or victimised representation, underrepresentation of migrants in quotations, and the scarce reference to a wider European context) in discursive construction of reporting on third-country migration. I will also aim to report how, in their interviews, journalists displayed different aspects of their self-reported awareness of overlaps and/or contradictions between professional/journalistic and diversity ethics as well as how their views on, e.g., the lack of precision of many concepts regarding migration used in media discourse might influence the inaccurate reporting on third-country migrants.

Michal Krzyzanowski (MA, PhD, Dr. Habil.) works at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland where he came after holding posts at Lancaster University (UK), University of Vienna (Austria) and Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan (Poland). In 2011, he was also a Visiting Professor in Media and Communication Studies at Írebro University (Sweden). He is specialised in critical discourse studies of communication in media, the public sphere and national/supranational politics and organisations, multilingualism, linguistic and cultural diversity, and racism and social exclusion. He has also worked on developing new discourse-based approaches in qualitative research methodology, including discursive ethnography or discourse-conceptual analysis. Michal is Associate Editor of the Journal of Language and Politics and serves on editorial boards of such journals as, inter alia, Critical Discourse Studies or Qualitative Sociology Review. His recent book publications include: Ethnography and Critical Discourse Analysis (2011); The Discursive Construction of European Identities (2010); European Public Sphere and the Media: Europe in Crisis (with A. Triandafyllidou and R. Wodak, 2009); The Politics of Exclusion: Debating Migration in Austria (with R. Wodak, 2009); Qualitative Discourse Analysis in the Social Sciences (with R. Wodak, 2008, Polish translation 2011); Discourse and Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe (with A. Galasinska, 2008); (Un)Doing Europe: Discourses and Practices of Negotiating the EU Constitution (with F. Oberhuber, 2007).


Who can attend: Anyone


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Organising departments and research centres: Linguistics and English Language


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