Corona discourse(s) remaking the world: experts, politics, media and everyday life

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This Collection deals with the constructions and apparatuses of the Covid 19 pandemic in various discursive (and epistemological) fields that directly influence and reconfigure societies around the world. We are interested in approaches to Covid-19 discourses, working across disciplinary boundaries and invite papers that reflect on discursive resources, practices and strategies that become constitutive of personal, public and/or institutional knowledge about Covid-19 pandemic and the very apparatuses of its political and social reconfiguration. 

We envisage papers based on, but by no means restricted to the following questions:

  • Media: How do different discourses in the media (from traditional to new and social media) construct meaning on and around Covid19?
  • Expertise: How is Covid19 “diagnosed”, “advised” and “problematised” by experts, specialists and scientists from different disciplines?
  • Politics: How political parties, leaders and other representatives use the Covid19 situation for positioning games?
  • Everyday life: How does Covid19 change everyday life in health care, academia, education, the family, the business world and other social worlds?  


Michael Kranert is a Lecturer in Sociolinguistics at the University of Southampton. His research focuses on comparative discourse analysis in English and German speaking countries. In order to analyse the influence of contextual differences on linguistic and discursive features, he uses linguistic research methods from the field of discourse studies such as Corpus Assisted Discourse Analysis, Political Lexicography, Critical Metaphor Theory and Ethnography of communication. He has published on the discourses of New Labour and the German SPD at the turn of the twenty-first century, ‘populist’ discourses as on Discourse in the Workplace. He is currently embarking on a new discourse studies project that considers how language is used at the level of local politics and devolved government, how this differs from the national level, and what impact this has on the policy-making process in crucial areas like climate change.

Jan Krasni is a Researcher and a Lecturer focusing on multimodal discourse analysis, media studies, and infrastructure studies working at the Center for the Study on Antisemitism at the Technical University Berlin. He holds a PhD in German and Media Studies from the University of Konstanz, Germany. Before joining the Decoding Antisemitism project, where he leads the German team, he worked as an assistant professor at the University of Niš (Serbia), as a researcher at the Cultural Trends Lab with Lev Manovich at the University of Tyumen (Russia), and as an assistant professor in Media Studies at the Webster University. While his thesis analyses the construction of guilt in the digital multimodal discourses of German media, his later work deals with the representation of minorities and minority languages in the media, with the problem of ethics in digital media infrastructure for processing personal information, and with the problem of fake news. His work on digital infrastructure and processing of private data in the scope of art-science-activist projects of Share Lab brought him and his team widespread media coverage around the world. His current work deals with the antisemitic and hate speech topoi in user comments in mainstream media.

Jens Maesse is a Senior Researcher (PD Dr habil.) at the Department of Sociology, University of Giessen (Germany). His research focuses on discourse analysis, sociology of science and education, economic sociology and political economy. His publications include “Globalization strategies and the economics dispositive. Insights from Germany and the UK”, Historical Social Research 43(3), 120-146 (2018). (together with Gerardo Costabile Nicoletta): “Translating Austerity: The formation and transformation of the EU economic constitution as discourse”, Interdisciplinary Political Studies, 7(1): 61-94 (2021).



Elena Psyllakou is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the field of Media and Communication. She is currently a member of the research team working on the “Media in the Limelight. A Dialogic Approach” project, conducted in collaboration with the Greek National Center of Social Research – EKKE. She also works as a Communications Officer at The Green Tank, an environmental think tank based in Athens. Previously, she has worked as advisor to Member of the Hellenic Parliament, journalist and translator.