Bridging the Discursive and Material Dimensions of Europeanity and Europeanisation

A Participatory Semantic Map Approach




The article aims to capture the significatory diversity of the concepts of Europeanity and Europeanisation, through the development of a semantic map in order to visualize the different concepts that define Europeanity and Europeanisation, and their interconnections. Embedded in the field of Communication and Media Studies, this semantic map combines 19 different approaches, structured through one main dimension, the discursive versus the material, which allows bridging the major rift in the conceptual reflections about Europeanity and Europeanisation. Moreover, the semantic map uses two support dimensions, with the discursive dimension intersecting with the essentialist versus relationist dimension, and the material dimension intersecting with the socio-spatial versus politico-spatial dimension. In order to construct this semantic map, phases of both general and targeted literature reviews were combined with a participatory theory-building method, which was grounded in collaborative knowledge building and collaborative theory construction approaches.

Author Biography

Nico Carpentier, Charles University in Prague

Nico Carpentier (PhD) is a media sociologist working at the Communication Studies Department of the Free University of Brussels (VUB). He is co-director of the VUB research centre CEMESO and a board member of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA – formerly ECCR). His theoretical focus is on discourse theory, his research interests are situated in the relationship between media, journalism, politics and culture, especially towards social domains as war & conflict, ideology, participation and democracy. His publications include the following books and articles Médias et citoyens sur la même longueur d'onde. Initiatives journalistiques favorisant la participation citoyenne (2002, in Dutch & French); Community media: muting the democratic discourse (2003); BBC’s Video Nation as a participatory media practice (2003); Media in movement, 22 journalistic experiments to enhance citizen participation (2004, in Dutch & French); The ungraspable audience (ed.)(2004, combined Dutch & English); Identity, contingency and rigidity (2005); Towards a Sustainable Information Society. Deconstructing WSIS (ed.)(2005); Reclaiming the media: communication rights and democratic media roles (ed.)(2006); Researching media, democracy and participation (ed.)(2006) and Discourse Theory and Cultural Analysis. Media, Arts and Literature (ed.)(in press).




How to Cite

Carpentier, N., Hroch, M., Cannizzaro, S., Miconi , A., & Doudaki, V. (2023). Bridging the Discursive and Material Dimensions of Europeanity and Europeanisation: A Participatory Semantic Map Approach. Observatorio (OBS*), 17(1).