Reminder: next ACDC meeting, Raiko Jäärats on “‘The Silent Era’ of interwar Estonia and political shifts in Europe in the 21st Century”, 6 October, 15:30-17:00, VU Amsterdam Main building 1G-11

Dear ACDC fellows and colleagues,

This is to remind you of the ACDC meeting on October 6th. We welcome Raiko Jäärats (Tallinn University). His talk will be particularly interesting for Historians, Political Scientists, Text and Conversation Analysts and anyone interested in Eastern-European, Baltic countries and their relation to the EU. Raiko will inroduce the historic political situation and discuss analytical issues in a brief data-session on a speech by the Prime Minister. Sample texts and background readings can be found in the archives of

Raiko Jäärats (Tallinn University): “The Silent Era” of interwar Estonia and political shifts in Europe in the 21st Century

  • DATE: October 6th
  • TIME: 15:30-17:00
  • PLACE: VU Amsterdam Main building 1G-11

RSVP: Please inform us if you plan to join the meeting:

Abstract: Raiko Jäärats is taking a Critical Discourse Approach to what is known as “The Silent Era” in Estonia, before the Second World War. He will provide a historic perspective on current public discussions in Estonia about the authoritarian period and compare it with the global meta-narrative about the 1930s crisis in Eastern and Central Europe. To illustrate this, he will present a couple of sample texts from “The Silent Era” to discuss various approaches to how these might best be analysed.

Background information about the historic perspective on this ‘Era’ can be found in Kasekamp (1999), involving the interim PM Konstantin Päts’ democratic promises and the beginning of a ‘silent’ process toward authoritarianism in the 1930s. Historic evidence is scarce as 80% of the main actors were executed or died in Soviet concentration camps; archives were neglected or destroyed.

In this meeting, we will discuss a speech by the Prime Minister to see how hegemony-theory might be applied to find evidence of how the Estonian case resonates in present-day Europe’s rise of the radical right (Montesano Montessori 2011). Such analysis may help to create awareness of ‘how’ such a process could sneak in silently in other contexts, despite strong moral and rational opposition. Sample texts and readings are available from the archives on:


  • Kasekamp, A. 1999. Radical Right-Wing Movements in the North-East Baltic. Journal of Contemporary History 34(4), 587-600.
  • Montesano Montessori, N. 2011. The design of a theoretical, methodological, analytical framework to analyse hegemony in discourse. Critical Discourse Studies 8(3), 169-181.
  • Looking forward to seeing you on the 6th,

Warm regards from the ACDC conveners,

Nicolina Montesano Montessori, Bertie Kaal, Steve Oswald, Joyce Lamerichs, Julian Albaladejo and Neil Thompson

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