Diana Mădroane Presents: Enacting Rhetorical Citizenship in Alternative Media Dispositives: Illustrations and Challenges

What: Colloquium Talk “Enacting Rhetorical Citizenship in Alternative Media Dispositives: Illustrations and Challenges”
When: Thursday, October 19 from 4-5:30 pm CT
Where: Ewbank Room (6th Floor, Chair’s Suite), Vilas Hall

In “Enacting Rhetorical Citizenship in Alternative Media Dispositives: Illustrations and Challenges,” Prof. Mădroane will present a framework for the analysis of discursive enactments of rhetorical citizenship and will illustrate it with cases from Romanian and American alternative media. She will further reflect upon the potential of alternative media for the empowerment of underrepresented groups, and upon the challenges of undertaking this type of research.

Prof. Mădroane is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the West University of Timișoara, Romania. Her research explores media discourse, focusing on processes of boundary-drawing, claims-making and (dis)empowerment in contexts of public debate, advocacy and activism. She has done extensive work on the symbolic construction of Romanian migrant identities in the media and on Romanian intra-EU migration as a public problem. She is the author of the book Romanians in the Right-Wing British Press: A Critical Discourse Analysis Approach (Editura Universității de Vest, 2014), and of numerous studies published in international journals (Journal of Language and Politics, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Mobilities, Television & New Media, Feminist Media Studies) and volumes (Routledge, John Benjamins, Sage, Wiley Blackwell). She has co-edited a special issue on “Discourse in Transnational Social Fields” in Critical Discourse Studies (2017, Taylor & Francis) and a book, Debating Migration as a Public Problem: National Publics and Transnational Fields (Peter Lang, 2018). She is also the editor-in-chief of the Gender Studiesjournal (DeGruyter/Sciendo). Professor Mădroane is currently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is researching the rhetoric of civic engagement in progressive alternative media.