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DSPO 2495A - Applying Discourse Theory: Populism, Indignation and Political Identities

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

What is the importance of political identities in understanding recent events that have turned the world upside down, such as the new “indignation” protests (Occupy, Indignados, Nuit Debout) and the emergence of populism (Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Front National)? How are ideologies formed in these movements? What is the role of political dispute in winning hearts and minds? To answer this kind of question, the course proposes to introduce, develop, and critically engage key concepts of Discourse Theory. In particular, the course, referring to a wide range of sources, including poststructuralism and psychoanalysis, explains how political identities are discursively constructed on antagonisms and how different discourses dispute the hegemony of the construction of these identities.


ZICMAN DE BARROS, Thomas (Doctorant)

Course validation

Three key passage proposals (15% each, 45% of the grade): a one-page paper consisting of the selection and comment on an important passage of an assigned reading material; Final take-home essay (45% of the grade): a 2,000-word essay on a general topic; In-class participation (10% of the grade).

Required reading

  • Butler (Judith), Notes Towards a Performative Theory of Assembly, Cambridge, Harvard Univ. Press, 2015
  • Laclau (Ernesto), La Raison Populiste, Paris, Seuil, 2008; Marchart (Oliver), Post-Foundational Political
  • Marchart (Oliver), Post-Foundational Political Thought, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Univ. Press, 2007; 
  • Stavrakakis (Yannis), The Lacanian Left, Albany, Suny Press, 2007