Seminar with Ruth Wodak on the book
The Politics of Fear: What Right-Wing Populist Discourses Mean

In this book, Ruth Wodak focuses on the discourse of populist right-wing politicians across Europe and elaborates on the (inter)dependencies between politics and the media in several case studies. Wodak investigates the tendency of populist right-wing politics to move centre-stage at this historical moment, with some parties reaching the very top of the electoral ladder. She traces the trajectories of such parties from the margins of the political landscape to its centre, assuming the position of key political actors who set the agenda and frame media debates.

Participants in the seminar are Adriana Zaharijević, Gazela Pudar Draško, Marjan Ivković and Srđan Prodanović (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade), Danijela Majstorović (Faculty of Philology, Banja Luka), Jovo Bakić (Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade), Dušan Ristić (Faculty of Philosophy, Novi Sad), Krisztina Racz (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Regional Science Center in Novi Sad), Isidora Stakić (Belgrade Centre for Security Policy) and Andrej Cvetić (Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade). The seminar will be moderated by Tamara Petrović Trifunović (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade).

Ruth Wodak is Emerita Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies at Lancaster University, UK, and affiliated to the University of Vienna. She continues to develop the Discourse-Historical Approach, one of the key approaches within the field of discourse studies, combining ethnography, historical approach, argumentation theory and linguistics. Her research interests focus on discourse studies, gender studies, language and/in politics, prejudice and discrimination and on ethnographic methods of linguistic field work.

In addition to various other prizes, she was awarded the Wittgenstein Prize for Elite Researchers in 1996, Honorary Doctorate from University of Örebro in Sweden in 2010 and Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria in 2011. She was the President of the Societas Linguistica Europaea and is currently a member of the British Academy of Social Sciences and Academia Europaea.

She is a co-editor of the journals Discourse and Society, Critical Discourse Studies and Language and Politics and a member of the editorial board of a range of linguistic journals.  She has held visiting professorships at the University of Uppsala, Stanford University, University of Minnesota, University of East Anglia and Georgetown University. During the spring 2016, she was a Distinguished Schuman Fellow at the Schuman Centre, EUI, Florence.

Ruth Wodak has published 10 monographs, 27 co-authored monographs, over 60 edited volumes and a large number of peer reviewed journal papers and book chapters.  Her recent publications include The Politics of Fear. What Right-wing Populist Discourses Mean (2015; translation into the German 2016), a new edition of Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis (2015), Analyzing Fascist Discourse: Fascism in Talk and Text (2013), four comprehensive volumes on Critical Discourse Analysis (2012), The Discourse of Politics in Action: Politics as Usual (2011), Migration, Identity and Belonging (2011) and The Discursive Construction of History: Remembering the German Wehrmacht’s War of Annihilation (2008).