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PhD course
Discourse Studies and Method: Using Discourse-Theoretical Analysis and Discursive-Material Analysis

About the course

Course title: Discourse Studies and Method: Using Discourse-Theoretical Analysis and Discursive-Material Analysis

Course coordinator and leader: Professor Nico Carpentier

Course credits: 5 credits

Course timing: The course will be organised on 10 February – 14 February 2020

Course location: Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Course background and purpose

The course aims to discuss two methods in the field of discourse
studies: Discourse-theoretical analysis (DTA) and Discursive-material analysis (DMA). Both are grounded in so-called high theory, with discourse theory as its main starting point, but with elements of actor network theory and new materialism. This course will start with an introduction to these theoretical models, but will then move on to their analytical deployment in communication and media studies research.
Special attention will be spent on the creation of a theory-grounded analytical model to guide the research. Apart from attending lectures, participants will be expected to participate in both theoretical and research-driven workshops.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course successful students will be able to:

On completion of this course successful students will be able to:

  • have a deeper understanding of the field of discourse studies, and in particular of its discourse-theoretical component
  • have a deeper understanding of the theoretical relationship between the discursive and the material
  • know how to translate discourse-theoretical models into analytical practice, through the use of the notion of the sensitizing concept (applied to discourse theory, and to discourse-theoretical rereading of other theories)
  • be able to set up an analytical model for a discourse-theoretical analysis and a discursive-material analysis

Teaching and evaluation

The one-week course will be organised in 10 teaching slots, combining lectures and workshops. These workshops are partially theoretical (presenting an article or chapter), and partially research-driven (presenting an analytical model).
A certificate (with a grade “Pass”) is given after 1) attendance of minimally 8 meetings, 2) a working group theoretical presentation, 3) an individual case study presentation.

Available participant slots and costs

A total number of 20 participant slots are available. The participation fee is 50 Euro, and only covers course attendance. Participants are required to pay themselves for their travel and accommodation costs, and all other expenses.


The registration for Discourse Studies and Method PhD course opens on 1 November 2019, and closes when the maximum number of participants has been reached.

To register for this course, Filip Šourek (at has to be emailed the following three documents:
• A motivation letter
• A brief description/abstract of the ongoing (PhD) research (including
the current stage of the research)
• A CV (including information about your university affiliation and your
contact information)


The fee for course participation is 50 Euro. Selected participants will be informed about the payment procedure. The deadline for fee payment is 1 February 2020.

Contact information

• Registration: Filip Šourek at
• Course content: Nico Carpentier at

Course readings

Main reading:

Carpentier, Nico (2017) The Discursive-Material Knot: Cyprus in Conflict and Community Media Participation. New York: Peter Lang.

Secondary readings:

Butler, Judith (1993) Bodies that matter. On the discursive limits of ‘sex’. New York, London: Routledge.
Dolphijn, Rick, van der Tuin, Iris (2012) New materialism: Interviews and cartographies. Ann Arbor: Open humanities press.
Glynos, Jason, Howarth, David (2007) Logics of critical explanation in social and political theory. London and New York: Routledge.
Howarth, David (2000) Discourse. Buckingham, Philadelphia: Open University Press.
Howarth, David (2012) “Hegemony, political subjectivity, and radical democracy”, in Simon Critchley and Oliver Marchart (eds.) Laclau: A critical reader. London: Routledge, pp. 256-276.
Howarth, David, Stavrakakis, Yannis (2000) “Introducing discourse theory and political analysis”, in David Howarth, Aletta J. Norval and Yannis Stavrakakis (eds.) Discourse theory and political analysis. Manchester:
Manchester University Press, pp. 1-23.
Laclau, Ernesto, Chantal Mouffe (1985) Hegemony and Socialist Strategy:
Towards a Radical Democratic Politics. London: Verso.
Latour, Bruno (2005) Reassembling the social. An introduction to Actor-network-theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Mouffe, Chantal (2005) On the Political. London: Routledge.
Philips, Louise, Jørgensen, Marianne W. (2002) Discourse Analysis as Theory and Method. London: Sage.
Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty (1988) “Can the subaltern speak?”, in Cary Nelson and Lawrence Grossberg (eds.) Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, pp. 271-313.
Torfing, Jacob (1999) New Theories of Discourse. Laclau, Mouffe and Žižek. Oxford: Blackwell.

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