Afternoon Session II: Brexit populist discourse and the involvement of the media

Monday, 13:45 – 15:30, Room 11 (First Floor)

Chair: Václav Štětka (Loughborough University)


Marius Guderjan (Humboldt University, Berlin)

‘Brexit populism’ – Causes and Consequences

Marius Guderjan is Lecturer and Researcher in British Politics at the Centre for British Studies (GBZ, Humboldt University, Berlin). Before he joined the GBZ in August 2014, Marius worked as a senior research assistant at the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan. Current research activities examine devolution and regionalisation processes in the UK. Further research interests include European integration, Europeanisation, international relations, political attitudes and participation, Euroscepticism, welfare state and social policy.


Marzia Maccaferri (Goldsmith, University of London)

Brexit as post-partisan populism? Brexit discourse and the role of the media before and after the referendum

Marzia Maccaferri is Associate Lecturer in Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London. She had previously worked at the University of Bologna, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, and has held visiting research positions at the University of Cambridge and at the Institute of Historical Research, London. Her interests range across interdisciplinary and comparative European political and intellectual history.


Franco Zappettini (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Power to the people? Mediatizing populist ideologies in the Brexit campaign

Franco Zappettini (PhD London) is Professor of English in the Faculty of Education at the University of Genoa, Italy. He is also an Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published in international peer-reviewed journals on the topics of European identity, multilingualism and organisational discourses. He is the coeditor (with Prof. M. Krzyżanowski) of the special issue of Critical Discourse Studies (forthcoming): ‘Brexit’ in Media & Political Discourses: From National Populist Imaginary to Cross-National Social & Political Crisis.


Federico Giulio Sicurella (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

In dialogue with populists: a study of intellectual discourse about populism in the Brexit debate in Italy and the UK

Federico Giulio Sicurella is a researcher in the field of critical discourse studies. He earned his PhD from Lancaster University in 2016. His research focuses on how public intellectuals shape our individual and collective self-understanding by engaging with issues of national identity, migration, and populism. He teaches discourse analysis at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and methodology of social research in a Sarajevo-based MA programme, and is currently working as a research fellow at the University of Milan-Bicocca. In addition to this, he works as an independent research consultant in the fields of education, policy and human rights in the Western Balkans.