Europe, Here and There: Analysis of Europeanisation Discourse in the Western Balkans Media

This research project is funded by the Regional Research Promotion Programme (RRPP*) and intends to analyse, deconstruct and identify discourse characteristics about Europeanisation in the media from Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as examine the extent to which mediated representations of relations between the EU/Europe and the Western Balkan countries foster deliberation and dialogue regarding EU integrations.

Main Objectives:

 To provide national case studies specific for each of the four countries, containing an overall analysis of dominant news media representations of the Europeanisation process and the EU/Europe.
 To provide a comparative analysis of dominant news media representations in the Europeanisation process and the EU/Europe in general.
 Providing, for each country separately, an in-depth critical discourse analysis of mediated Europeanisation discourse. 
 Providing a comparative in-depth critical discourse analysis with a focus on discursive constitution, legitimisation and contestation of Europeanisation.
Expected Outputs:
 The main academic output will be an edited volume consisting of case studies from these four countries, complete with two comparative analyses. 
 Two conferences (in Novi Sad and Sarajevo) will be organised in order to present the research to a wider academic audience.
 A roundtable discussion will be organised as part of the Novi Sad conference. It is here where Western Balkan journalists will share their perspectives on 
 In June 2013, each team/institution will organise local presentations of their research results. 
Involved Countries (4): FYR of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia
Involved Institutions:
1. Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad
2. Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo
3. Independent researchers – Macedonia (Dejan Donev, Daniela Blaževska, Jordan Dukov, Veronika Kamchevska, Naum Trajanovski, Vlatko Chalovski,
4. Independent researchers – Montenegro (Natasa Ružić, Andrijana Rabrenović, Dejan Lučić, Marija Ivanović, Ivan Otović)
Project Coordinator: Dubravka Valić Nedeljković

*The RRPP is run by the University of Fribourg upon mandate of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs 

Project type
  • Other
Country of the coordinating institution
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Europe, Here and There
Geographical focus
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General
June 2012 - June 2013

Entry created by Desiree Pecarz on April 10, 2013
Modified on June 21, 2013