Michal KrzyzanowskiTjänstetitel: Professor Organisation: Institutionen för humaniora, utbildnings- och samhällsvetenskap
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Om Michal Krzyzanowski
Michał Krzyżanowski (MA, PhD, Dr. Habil) is Full Professor & Chair of Media and Communication Studies at Örebro University, Sweden.
He also serves as a Subject Leader (Director of Research and PhD Programme) in Media and Communication Studies, Örebro University where he also convenes & leads the Research Team 'Discourse, Communication & Media'.
Key Research Areas
Michał’s work is interdisciplinary and contributes to a variety of research areas, including:
- Discourse, Politics & the Public Sphere
- Political Sociology & Political Communication Research
- Media & Communication Analysis
- Migration & Multiculturalism Research
- European Studies & EU Integration Research
- Critical Ethnography & Organisation Studies
Current Research Interests
In his work, Michał currently focuses on the following research topics:
Racism, Discrimination and Anti-Immigration Rhetoric of in European Public Spheres & European Right-Wing Populist Politics (incl. in the Context of the Recent ‘Refugee Crisis’)
Social and Online Media Discourse in the Context of Political Communication, Politicization and Mediatization (incl. of e.g. Immigration)
Constructions of Crisis, Neoliberalism and Euroscepticism in Media, Political and Policy Discourse
Organizational Cultures, Multilingualism and Diversity in Media and Political Organizations
Michał also works extensively on methods of media & discourse research. He focuses in particular on problem-oriented synergies between critical discourse studies and organizational ethnography, conceptual history and corpus linguistics. He is also recognised for his work on discourse based methods of focus-group analysis.
Michał is Executive Editor of the international peer-reviewed Journal of Language and Politics (JLP website), a major international journal in the field of language- and communication-oriented analysis of contemporay social and political transformation change.
He also co-edits international book series Bloomsbury Advances in Critical Discourse Studies as well as serves on editorial boards of such journals as, inter alia, Social Semiotics and Critical Discourse Studies.
Michał has published widely incl. in such high-ranking peer-reviewed journals as Critical Discourse Studies, Discourse & Society, Discourse & Communication, Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, Journal of Language and Politics, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice and Social Semiotics.
He is the author and editor of several major monographs and anthologies in critical discourse studies. His key book-length publications include:
"Brexit" as Social & Political Crisis? Discourses in Media & Politics (with F. Zappettini, London: Routledge 2018, forthcoming, Special Issue of Critical Discourse Studies)
Mediatisation and Politicisation of the Refugee Crisis in Europe (with A. Triandafyllidou and R. Wodak, London: Routledge 2018, forthcoming, Double Special Issue of Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies)
Re/Constructing Politics through Social & Online Media: Ideologies, Discourses & Mediated Poilitical Practices (with J.A. Tucker; Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing 2017, forthcoming, Special Issue of Journal of Language & Politics)
Right-Wing Populism in Europe & the USA: Contesting Politics & Discourse beyond 'Orbanism' & 'Trumpism'. (with R. Wodak; Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing 2017, forthcoming, Special Issue of Journal of Language & Politics)
Language & Politics: Interdisciplinary Critical Discourse Analysis (New York, NY: Routledge 2017, forthcoming)
Theories & Concepts in Critical Discourse Studies (with B. Forchtner; London: Sage 2016, Special Issue of Discourse & Society)
Multilingual Encounters in Europe’s Institutional Spaces (with J. Unger and R. Wodak; London: Bloomsbury Academic 2014)
Advances in Critical Discourse Studies (with J.E. Richardson, D. Machin and R. Wodak; London: Routledge 2013)
Ethnography and Critical Discourse Analysis (London: Routledge 2011, Special Issue of Critical Discourse Studies)
The Discursive Construction of European Identities (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang 2010)
European Public Sphere and the Media: Europe in Crisis (with A. Triandafyllidou and R. Wodak; Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2009)
Qualitative Discourse Analysis in the Social Sciences (with R. Wodak; Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2008; Polish translation 2011)
The Politics of Exclusion: Debating Migration in Austria (with R. Wodak, New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers 2009)
Discourse and Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe (with A. Galasińska; Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2008)
(Un)Doing Europe: Discourses and Practices of Negotiating the EU Constitution (with F. Oberhuber; Brussels: PIE-Peter Lang 2007)
Please see 'Publications' section or Michał's Google Scholar Profile here for further details.
Research Projects & Grants
The 'Interactive Racism' Project (2017-19)
In 2016, together with Mattias Ekman, Örebro University, Michał received a grant of 3.3 million SEK (ca. 340.000 EUR) from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) for a project on “Interactive Racism in Swedish Online Media, Press and Politics: Discourses on Immigration and Refugees at Times of Crisis”. The project will be conducted between 2017 and 2019.
The overall aim of this research project is to analyse how contemporary racism and xenophobia are moulded in public, including online, discourses on immigration and refugees. As its central object of research, the project will look into how and why racist views become particularly widespread in Sweden at times of (real as well as imaginary) socio-political “crises” and how online racism interacts thereby with migration-related opinion journalism and discourses of political actors.
The study combines content and critical discourse analysis with a strong focus on the key role of social & online media. Adopting a contextualized and critical approach, the project establishes how “interactive racism” is shaped in discursive/dialogic interaction between citizens, press /opinion leaders and politicians, and how it contributes to a social climate in which elements of racist discourses are becoming increasingly visible across the wider society.
As such, the project breaks new ground as it sets the focus on how racist discourses are shaped in an ongoing interaction across various social fields, and how this interaction facilitates the spread and recontextualisation of racist views in the Swedish society as well as a variety of 'discursive shifts' in European discourses on multiculturalism and diversity.
The 'Twitter' Project (2014-17)
Michał is curently also involved in a major research project on "The Journalism-Politics-PR Interplay on Twitter: Hybridized, Cross-Professional Relations on the Web".
The project has been funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) in 2013 with a grant of SEK 3.5 million (ca. EUR 400.000). The project is conducted at Örebro and Jönköping Universities between 2014 and 2017.
The purpose of the project is to examine how journalists, politicians and PR practitioners interact on the web in a variety of discursive & communicative practices. The overall aim is to contribute to a better understanding of hybridised, cross-professional and power-based communicative relations in the networked society and its consequences for democracy. In the international research project, critical discourse analysis (CDA) is applied to social media traffic in national and supranational contexts in Europe.
Michał's work in the project focuses mainly on the use of Twitter in political communication and in re/construction of politico-organizational cultures in Europe. Looking at discursive shifts as well as dis/continuities between interactive and discursive strategies on Twitter, he examines: (a) Social media discourse of European right-wing populist pareties incl. as a tool of mediatisation and politicisation of migration and refugee 'crises, (b) Social media discourse in/of the European Union institutions incl. in 'elite' networks between EU spokespeople, EU/European politicians and European journalists.
Past Research Projects
Working in a variety of functions from researcher to research leader in Austria, Poland, Sweden and the UK, Michał has previously been involved in a variety of major, externally funded and mainly cross-national research projects. Since 2002, his key projects have included:
MEDIVA: Media for Diversity and Migrant Integration (EU-TCN Fund, 2011-12)
DYLAN: Language Dynamics and Management of Diversity (EU-FP6, 2006-11)
RASIM: Discourses of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the UK Press (ESRC, 2007-08)
EMEDIATE: Media and Ethics of the European Public Sphere (EU-FP6, 2004-07)
The Discursive Re-/Construction of European Identities (Austrian National Bank, 2003-05)
XENOPHOB: Institutional Patterns and Politics of Racial Discrimination (EU-FP5, 2002-06)
Plenary Lectures & Conferences
Michał is acting regularly as invited/plenary and keynote speaker at international conferences and symposia. Some of his recent and forthcoming plenaries and keynotes include:
- 2017: Keynote speaker at the DiscourseNet Congress #2 (DNC 2) - Interdisciplinary Discourse Studies: Theory and Practice (University of Warwick, UK, info here)
- 2016: Keynote speaker at the 4th Nordic Interdisciplinary Conference on Discourse and Interaction (NORDISCO) (University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, info here)
2016: Keynote Speaker at a Public Event on Migration and Diversity: Critical Perspectives from Sweden, UK and Europe (Örebro University, Sweden, info here)
2016: Keynote speaker at the 1st International Conference on Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders (American University, Athens, Greece, info here)
2016: Keynote speaker at the Intl. Conference 'Forum for Discourse Studies 11' (Södertörn University, Sweden, more info here)
2016: Plenary address at the Roundatble 'Europe's Migration Crisis: National Responses East & West' (Södertörn University, Sweden; more info here)
2015: Keynote speaker at the Intl. Conference on Multilingual Perspectives on Professional Communication in Europe (University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium, info here)
2014: Keynote speaker at the Intl. Political Linguistics Conference (University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland)
2013: Keynote speaker at the Annual Congress of the Finnish Asociation of Applied Linguistics / AFinLA (University of Turku, Turku, Finland)
2012: Keynote speaker at the 4th Intl. Conference on Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD) (University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, video here)
Michał acts regularly as organiser of major international conferences, symposia and other academic events. His key recent events include:
- 2016: International Symposium on Mediatisation and Politicisation of Refugee Crisis in Europe (Florence, Italy; co-organised with Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy; more info here)
- 2016: International Symposium #Polsocmedia: Re/Constructing Politics through Social and Online Media (Stockholm, Sweden; more info here)
- 2015: International Symposium on Context & Critique: Advances in Critical Discourse Studies (Nottingham, UK; co-organised with Dept. of Social Sciences, Loughborough University, UK)
- 2014: International Workshop on Theoretical & Conceptual Challenges in Critical Discourse Studies (within CADAAD Congress - Budapest, Hungary; co-organised with Dept. of Social Sciences, Humboldt University)
- 2014: International Panel Critical Discourse Studies: Past and Present (within CDA 20+ Symposium - Amsterdam, the Netherlands; co-organised with Management School, Keele University UK & Dept. of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, the Netherlands)
Michał has acted extensively as a supervisor and advisor of research students working on various aspects of critical analysis of media, political language & discourse, policy communication and organizational communication.
His current & recent PhD students at Örebro University include:
Irene Rapado (in progress) - PhD project on discourses of social media and performative democracy in post-crisis political mobilisation in Spain
Vladimir Cotal San Martin (in progress) - PhD project on discourses and practices of global journalism in the context of global inequality, capitalism & neoliberalism
Mihai Frumuselu (completed 2016) - PhD project on language in political-institutional discourses of the UK parliament in 1990s and 2000s
Johanna Stenersen (completed 2014) - PhD project on discursive construction of citizenship, civic culture and identity of women's grassroot movements in Nicaragua
Oliver-John St John (completed 2014) - PhD project on ethnographic analysis of multilingualism and dialogicity in educational contexts in Sweden
Michał also serves regularly on doctoral examination committees across Europe in various social sciences incl. communication & media, politics, linguistics & sociology.
Michał has lectured and guest-lectured widely, both in Europe (incl at the Universities of Aberdeen, Aston/Birmingham, Brussels/VUB, CEU Budapest, Florence/EUI, Lancaster, Ljubljana, Milan-Bicocca, Tilburg and Vienna), and worldwide (at New York University, Georgetown University/Washington DC, or University of California Los Angeles).
He has extensive experience in teaching, inter alia, text and discourse analysis, media and communication studies, media & journalism, political, organizational as well as intercultural communication and qualitative research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate as well as research students from different social science and arts and humanities disciplines.
He is also a recurrent faculty member of the Summer Schools in Methods and Techniques of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
At Örebro University, he has been teaching mainly at the MA Level (Research Methods, In-Depth Studies, Thesis Course, Intl. Media Policy, Reporting Europe) and within PhD courses (Media Discourse Analysis, Qualitative Methods, Classics of Media Research). He also holds guest PhD classes and workshops in Critical Discourse Studies of media, political and organizational communication at various universities across Europe.