Next ACDC meeting, Falk Ostermann on “The Discursive Construction of Intervention: Selves, democratic legacies, and Responsibility to Protect in French discourse on Libya”, 13 January 2015, 15:30-17:00, VU HG-08A14

Dear colleagues,

ACDC wishes you a happy New Year. We have an exciting programme for the coming months, which will be announced shortly.
We begin the 2015 with a discussion on French political and legal discourse on the war in Libya, by Falk Ostermann. We kindly invite you to join the discussion, see details below.

  • Date: Tuesday, January 13
  • Time: 15:30-17:00
  • Place: VU-University, De Boelelaan 1101, 1081 HV Amsterdam, Room: HG-08A14, on the 8th floor

Falk Ostermann (Assistant Professor in International Security Governance, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Department of Political Science and Public Administration) will give a presentation on “The Discursive Construction of Intervention: Selves, democratic legacies, and Responsibility to Protect in French discourse on Libya”.

Falk is about to defend his PhD and would like to discuss his work with the ACDC group. He will focus on French executives’ and lawmakers’ reasoning on the intervention in Libya with the aim of understanding the discursive construction of intervention. He investigates arguments in favor of intervention and counter arguments from the opposition. The arguments constitute fundamental issues such as a re-evaluation of the democratic legacy of France, identification with the Libyan people, a debate on the Responsibility to Protect and international legislation and its relevance to French agency abroad. Methods were used from Essex School discourse analysis (Howarth) and Interpretive Policy Analysis and applied to executive speeches and parliamentary documents to identify structures of debates and to estimate the strength of discursive elements in their configuration. Results point toward an ideal-typical explanation of both policy making on intervention and how choices were made. The paper concludes that going to war in Libya was a matter of cultural appropriateness.

Please RSVP to if you intend to come. After registration you will receive a copy of the article that forms the basis for this presentation and which is currently under review.

We look forward to welcoming you on January 13.

The ACDC Conveners,

Nicolina Montesano Montessori, Anne Bannink, Bertie Kaal, Joyce Lamerichs, Ida Sabelis, Steve Oswald, Jet van Dam van Isselt, Manon van der Laaken, and Karen Verduyn

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