The Centre for Ideology and Discourse Analysis (clDA) is committed to the transdisciplinary and systematic study of contemporary ideologies and discourses, and their impact on institutions, movements and policies. Rooted in the work of Ernesto Laclau, who was a founding figure of the Centre, and other members of the Essex School of Discourse Analysis, we gather together critical scholars who evaluate key problems and promises of the current age, using a wide range of critical and explanatory idioms of analysis.
The Centre connects research, education and political practice by actively involving its members in research projects, hosting seminars, academic visits and working with other institutions in the UK and Europe.
Its members include staff from other departments and centres at the University, our MA and PhD students, as well as numerous PhD students, early career researchers, and established academics who take part in our activities as Visiting PhDs or Fellows of the Centre.
"The problem with 'actually existing' liberal democracies is not with their constitutive values crystallized in the principles of liberty and equality for all, but with the system of power which redefines and limits the operation of those values. This is why our project of 'radical and plural democracy' was conceived as a new stage in the deepening of the 'democratic revolution', as the extension of the democratic struggles for equality and liberty to a wider range of social relations."