18 February 2015
Time: 10:00am - 5:30pm
Venue: Room 1.30, Garrod Building, Turner Street, Whitechapel, London E1 2AD
The course consists of a one-day workshop for research students and young researchers. The aim of the workshop is to examine discourse theory and psychoanalysis as methods for political analysis. Given the plurality and diversity of both discursive and psychoanalytic traditions, the course will focus on the so-called Essex School of discourse analysis (initiated by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe) and on Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, exploring their multiple conceptual and methodological articulations.
The workshop examines the usefulness of discourse theory and psychoanalysis for the study of politics not only by examining their theoretical status, but also by seeing how they can be put to use in the analysis of social and political discourse as well as in accounting for both the symbolic and affective dimensions of identification processes.