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POPULISM in CENTRAL and EASTERN EUROPE

Michael Cole

Illiberal democracy in Russia and right-wing politics in Europe (UT)

Michael Cole is a PhD candidate at the University of Tartu, Estonia. He has a strong interest in Sociolinguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), particularly in relation to Russia and Eastern Europe. His MA Applied Linguistics dissertation combined CDA theories and Corpus Linguistics techniques to examine ‘in-group’ and ‘out-group’ discourses and strategies used in television interviews and their influence on opinions on social media. He has also used CDA to assess political motivations behind differing newspaper representations of Vladimir Putin, compared contrasting media narratives of Chechen women using a Systemic Functional Linguistics approach, and employed Corpus Linguistics techniques to demonstrate discourses of discrimination against Romanians in the British press. 

His current research as part of the FATIGUE programme focuses on the influence of ‘Shared History’ and ‘Competition with the West’ narratives in Russia on right-wing populist discourses in Georgia and Ukraine. He is supervised by Andrey Makarychev at the University of Tartu and Zdzisław Mach at Jagiellonian University.