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Masterclass in Text Analysis

The series of workshops responds to the challenges posed by the progressive process of digitisation, the explosive growth of textual data, especially so-called unstructured data, and the development of scientific infrastructures that open up new possibilities for in-depth textual analysis. The aim of the workshops will be to equip participants, representing humanities and social sciences disciplines, with specialised research instrumentation for the analysis of different types of texts (from newspaper articles to interviews to digital communication records).

The workshop series consists of two blocks. The first focuses on analytical techniques determined by different ways of understanding text as data. The second block presents research methods in a broader sense, which correspond to selected strands of research and, at the same time, to areas of the social sciences in which text is used. It aims, among other things, to introduce participants to what the standards and traditions of writing scholarly articles using selected text-based research methods are.

The series is convened by Maria Theiss and Sławomir Mandes. The workshops will be held at the Centre of Excellence in Social Sciences, BUW Building, Warsaw, Dobra 56/66 (2nd floor, room 2.90).

20 Oct 2023, Dariusz Galasiński, University of Wrocław

Dariusz Galasiński, University of Wrocław

Workshop in discourse analysis within the perspective of critical discourse studies and critical linguistics

8 Dec 2023, Dirk Hovy, Bocconi University

Dirk Hovy, Bocconi University

Text analysis for social science in Python

This workshop will provide an in-depth examination of the various techniques used in text analysis, an important component in today’s information-rich society. We will reroute the main components of the paper “Capturing Regional Variation with Distributed Place Representations and Geographic Retrofitting”, both in theory and practice (via Jupyter notebooks).

Participants will learn about text representations and how to use and interpret modern embedding models effectively. The course will also cover text classification techniques and clustering, which are critical for understanding complex patterns in language data. We will finally cover geocoding, which is a method for incorporating geographical context into text-based analysis.

This workshop provides a comprehensive practical guide for social scientists interested in using Python to dissect and comprehend text data.

23 Feb 2024, Grzegorz Bryda, Jagiellonian University

Grzegorz Bryda, Jagiellonian University

Computer-assisted content analysis using AI and large language models

The workshop aims to introduce participants to computer-assisted analysis of textual data using artificial intelligence and large language models. It will explicitly demonstrate the capabilities of MAXQDA software. The research method will showcase the methodologies of dictionary-based content analysis, detailing the use of MAXQDA for lexical and semantic coding procedures. The analysis approach will utilise MAXQDA to analyse and visualise the relationships between codes and categories. A dictionary model of knowledge representation will be constructed within the software, emphasising hands-on experience with text analysis software and AI tools. The workshop combines qualitative and quantitative content analysis elements to thoroughly examine and interpret textual data. The workshop methodology focuses on interactive sessions during which participants use data in real-time.

15 Mar 2024, Michał Krzyżanowski, Uppsala University

Michał Krzyżanowski, Uppsala University

This masterclass offers a crash introduction to how Critical Discourse Studies (CDS) in general – and its central, Discourse-Historical Approach (or DHA) in particular – can be applied to study dynamics of public discourse in relation to various facets of social, political and institutional change. The masterclass highlights how deploying a multilevel CDS/DHA – and utilising such of their central analytical and interpretive notions as ‘discursive strategies’, ‘recontextualization’, and in particular of ‘discursive shifts’ – can help critically and systematically analyse and deconstruct discursive dynamics as well as recontextualization of discursive strategies across traditional and online (including social) media and various modes of political, policy and institutional communication. The masterclass will be divided into three parts. The first part will deal with a general introduction to Critical Discourse Analysis by focussing on its key assumptions, its evolution into wider Critical Discourse Studies and while offering a quick overview of the key approaches in contemporary CDS. Then, in its second part, the masterclass will focus specifically on the DHA by highlighting its key ideas, distinctive features and standard DHA research designs and levels/categories of analysis. The former and the latter will be introduced during a hands-on workshop with students conducting group-work analyses subsequently discussed among the wider group. Finally, in its third part, the masterclass will highlight various research designs and projects developed while conducting DHA-based analyses tracing a variety of ‘discursive shifts’ in the public, political and policy communication. These will be explored by focussing on, on the one hand, research across various sites and genres of mediation and communication on dynamics of contemporary facets of far-right politics & illiberalism and its discursive strategies of normalising the politics of exclusion in relation to various forms of ‘crises’ (e.g. the 2015-16ff ‘Refugee Crisis in Europe’). On the other hand, the masterclass will also highlight the so-called Discourse-Conceptual Analysis (or DCA) drawing on DHA to explore the role of various mobilising social and political concepts in initiating and driving various ‘discursive shifts’ in contemporary political, policy and public including media discourse.

Background Reading:

Part I: CDA & CDS

  • Krzyżanowski, M. (2010). The Discursive Construction of European Identities. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. (Chapter 2: Dimensions of Analysis, Sections 1 & 2 – pp. 67-80).
  • Krzyżanowski, M. & B. Forchtner (2016) Theories and concepts in critical discourse studies: Facing challenges, moving beyond foundations. Discourse & Society 27(3), 253-261. [https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0957926516630900]

Part II: DHA

  • Krzyżanowski, M. (2010). The Discursive Construction of European Identities. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. (Chapter 2: Dimensions of Analysis, Section 3 – pp. 81-89).
  • Krzyżanowski, M. (2016). Recontextualisations of Neoliberalism and the Increasingly Conceptual Nature of Discourse: Challenges for Critical Discourse Studies. Discourse & Society 27(3). [https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0957926516630901]
  • Krzyżanowski, M. (2018). Social media in/and the politics of the European Union: Politico-organizational communication, institutional cultures and self-inflicted elitism. Journal of Language & Politics 17(2): 281-304. [https://www.jbe-platform.com/content/journals/10.1075/jlp.18001.krz]
  • Reisigl, M. 2018, The Discourse-Historical Approach. In J. Richardson and J. Flowerdew (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Critical Discourse Studies. London: Routledge, pp. 44-59. [https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/doi/10.4324/9781315739342.ch3]

Part III: (Analysing) Discursive Shifts

  • Krzyżanowski, M. (2018), Discursive Shifts in Ethno-Nationalist Politics: On Politicization and Mediatization of the “Refugee Crisis” in Poland. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies 16: 1-2. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15562948.2017.1317897
  • Krzyżanowski, M. (2020). Discursive shifts and the normalisation of racism: imaginaries of immigration, moral panics and the discourse of contemporary right-wing populism. Social Semiotics 30:4. [https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10350330.2020.1766199]
  • Krzyżanowski, M. & N. Krzyżanowska (2022). Narrating the ‘new normal’ or pre-legitimising media control? COVID-19 and the discursive shifts in the far-right imaginary of ‘crisis’ as a normalisation strategy. Discourse & Society https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/09579265221095420
  • Krzyżanowski, M., R. Wodak, H. Bradby, M. Gardell, A. Kallis, N. Krzyżanowska, C. Mudde & J. Rydgren (2023). Discourses and practices of the ‘New Normal’: Towards an interdisciplinary research agenda on crisis and the normalization of anti- and post‐democratic action. Journal of Language & Politics 22(4): 415-437. [https://doi.org/10.1075/jlp.23024.krz]
  • Ekström, H., M. Krzyżanowski & D. Johnson (2023). Saying ‘Criminality’, meaning ‘immigration’? Proxy discourses and public implicatures in the normalisation of the politics of exclusion, Critical Discourse Studies, https://doi.org/10.1080/17405904.2023.2282506
  • Krzyżanowski, M. (2019). Brexit and the Imaginary of ‘Crisis’: A Discourse-Conceptual Analysis of European News Media. Critical Discourse Studies 16(4). [https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17405904.2019.1592001]

BIO: Professor Michał Krzyżanowski holds the Chair in Media and Communication Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden, where he is currently Deputy Head at the School/Department of Informatics and Media as well as Director of Research at the Uppsala University Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR). He is one of the leading international scholars working on critical discourse studies of normalisation of the politics of exclusion in the context of illiberalism, far-right and neoliberalism. His focus is on communication, media and social change, specifically on European anti-immigration rhetoric, racism, social inequality and related challenges to liberal democracy. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the international Journal of Language and Politics and a co-editor of the Bloomsbury Advances in Critical Discourse Studies book series as well as sitting on a number of boards in various journals in critical discourse studies and wider qualitative social research. He is widely known for his teaching of qualitative methods and critical discourse studies to students across social and political sciences and humanities across Europe, Australia, China and USA. He is a recurrent convenor of widely attended classes in Critical Discourse Studies organised within Summer/Winter Schools in Methods and Techniques and Virtual Methods Schools of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). More information: https://katalog.uu.se/profile/?id=N20-1042

26 Apr 2024, Virginie van Ingelgom, Université catholique de Louvain

Virginie van Ingelgom, Université Catholique de Louvain

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28 Jun 2024, Emilia Wiśnios & Bartosz Pieliński, University of Warsaw

Emilia Wiśnios & Bartosz Pieliński, University of Warsaw

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