This has resulted in fundamental challenges to mainstream political ideologies, the rise of new myths and collective social imaginaries, and the creation of novel discourses and languages. Populisms and nationalisms of various sorts, the rise and consolidation of neoliberalism, the philosophies of radical environmentalism and multiculturalism, are just a few of the ideological systems that currently jostle for power and influence.
The Centre for Ideology and Discourse Analysis (CIDA) is focused on the systematic study of contemporary ideologies and discourses, and their impact on institutions, movements and policies. Rooted in the work of Ernesto Laclau, who was a founding figure of the Centre, and other members of the Essex School of Discourse Analysis, we gather together experts and critics to analyse and evaluate the key problems and promises of the current age.
We have a unique plural and transdisciplinary focus on the study of ideologies and political discourses, and their embodiment in particular practices and regimes, using a range of critical and explanatory idioms of analysis. Our research underpins theoretical, empirical and evaluative research in this field.
We aim to provide a platform for cross-disciplinary collaborations across the departments of the University and with other benchmark universities both in the UK and Europe. We have close ties with Essex Business School, the Department of Sociology, the School of Law, the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies and Philosophy, in the School of Philosophy and Art History.
We also provide links between research and education by actively integrating our students in research projects, hosting seminars, academic visits and working with other institutions.
We want to become a prominent home for humanities and social science fellows, projects, dialogue and debates. We aim to build this intellectual community through regular activities, organised within related clusters:
International advisory board membersCentre for Ideology and Discourse Analysis, John Hopkins University, USA
International advisory board memberCentre for Ideology and Discourse Analysis, Rutgers-Newark, USA
International advisory board memberCentre for Ideology and Discourse Analysis, University Utrecht
International advisory board memberCentre for Ideology and Discourse Analysis, EHESS - Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris
International advisory board memberCentre for Ideology and Discourse Analysis, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona