Jour fixe 19/01/2009

News from Jan 13, 2009

On Monday, 19th January 2009, Prof. Dr. Hartmut Wessler and Katharina Kleinen von Königslöw will present results of their long-term study at the Collaborative Research Center “Transformations of the State”/ “Staatlichkeit im Wandel” (University of Bremen), published in “Transnationalization of Public Spheres”. The researchers will concentrate on the chapter “Together We Fight? Europe’s Debate over the Legitimacy of Military Interventions”.

Time: 4pm-6pm

Place: Ihnestraße 26, Room 202 (second floor).


Transnationalization of Public Spheres

Together We Fight? Europe’s Debate over the Legitimacy of Military Interventions

Where can European citizens find public information and debate about political matters of common concern? In the absence of strong pan-European media the national news media prove critical for the emergence of a European public sphere. But are political debates in the national media more Europeanized today than they were two decades ago? And if so, do national media merely look to Brussels more nowadays or are they also debating issues across national borders more intensely? Are national discourses converging over time in the issues, opinions, arguments and Identity elements they carry?
This book presents the first long-term study of the transnationalization of national public discourses in five European countries, Austria, Denmark, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Combining quantitative and qualitative content analysis of broadsheet newspapers, the authors uncover the as yet nationally segmented character of Europeanization in the media and identify the factors that foster and inhibit it. In conclusion, they provide an original normative appraisal of the levels and patterns of Europeanization achieved to date.

Wessler, Hartmut, Bernhard Peters, Michael Brüggemann, Katharina Kleinen-von Königslöw & Stefanie Sifft (2008): The Transnationalization of Public Spheres, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.