Anneleen Spiessens

Anneleen Spiessens received her PhD at Ghent University in 2013. Her research focused on testimonies delivered by actors of mass political violence and genocide during the Second World War and in Rwanda. She explored the ethical questions raised by the perpetrator’s text, examining the relation between discourse and violence, document and fiction, and investigating the role of translation in the representation of extreme violence. The mediating agents (journalist-writer, editor, translator) reveal their own moral position by specific discursive and scenographic choices, which are considered as elements of critical counterdiscourse. For her postdoctoral research, Anneleen Spiessens draws on Critical Discourse Analysis and framing analysis to study the (self-)representation of different parties in conflict situations, and the construction of cultural and political identities.