Austerity is hotly debated topic within the social sciences. It cannot be reduced to spending cuts, but has to be understood as a complex social phenomenon with consequences for mental health and well-being, social equality, politics and everyday life. Some observers therefore, speak of an “age of austerity”. As social reality is always mediated, media play a central role within the struggle between different evaluations and constructions of austerity. The international and interdisciplinary 5-day workshop “Texts and Images of Austerity in Britain. A Multimodal Multimedia Analysis“ that will take place from 25.09.-29.09.2017 at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg will bring together researchers from the computational and social sciences to analyse the discursive constructions of austerity manifested in text and visual form in printed media and on Twitter.
More information about the event can be found on the workshop website.